Cory Booker just tweeted that he saw Gasland II and that it “echoed his feelings”. After three weeks of silence I was hoping for more than that, but I am hopeful if he had been for fracking before, that at least he had seen the movie and it may have changed his mind.
I urge all Progressive Dems to watch this film when it airs tonite. It raises serious questions we need to ask our elected Democratic leaders here in NJ.
The first film which I saw at a private screening with the producer a few years ago, shocked and saddened me. As a licensed water resources engineer in NJ who has studied and worked hard to appreciate the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, which every business needs to comply with – every business except one – the Gas and oil industry – I was stunned and appalled that The Energy industry is allowed to ignore these laws I spent my career trying to protect and uphold.
What is so disturbing about the second film is the number of Democrats with high offices – Like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Former PA Gov, Ed Rendell, who have courted the Oil and Gas industry for campaign cash. The new Netflix series – House of Cards even uses the issue – with Dems courting Gas lobbyists in the Delaware Basin. The plot strikes too close to home.
Although he is not in the film, but falling right into the playbook of pretending to care about the environment while not standing up on the fracking issue – falls Cory Booker – That Cory Booker, twitter addict who courts vegans – many of whom are decidedly against fracking. On the eve of the Fracking Waste Ban rally to overturn Chris Christie’s veto, the Bergen Dems had their convention to endorse a senate candidate – which turned out to be Booker.
I used to be a Committee person but no longer am due to my move to a new town. I still have friends there who report to me what happens at these conventions closed to the media.
That night one of these friends reported that a Committee person who is very concerned about fracking asked my source, what is Booker’s position on fracking. My source told the committee person to ask Booker since he was standing nearby, surrounded by a group of adoring Dems looking for autographs, pictures, or just to bask in the glow of the anointed frontrunner. The Committee person returned, face fallen and reported directly to my source that they did indeed ask Booker his position and he said he was for fracking. This Committee person also said that when they turned away, disappointed – they told Booker that he had just lost their vote.