Environews, Environews, Minis

Environews: Climate denier keynote at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

By Amy Brunvand

A featured speaker at the 2016 Unitah Basin Energy Summit was filmmaker Phelim McAleer who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “climate denial’s Michael Moore.” McAleer is the director of a pro-fracking film titled FrackNation, which has been compared to infamous propaganda campaigns launched by big tobacco companies to cover up the dangers of cigarette smoking. McAleer claims his film was supported by small grassroots donations, but actually it is what’s known as “greenwashing;” an industry-funded project with an intention to discredit Josh Fox’s influential anti-fracking films Gasland and Gasland: Part II.

This article was originally published on September 7, 2016.