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  • savanna fracking 2By: Savanna Wierenga, Young America's Foundation Intern

    More than 100 guests packed the Reagan Ranch Center on May 31st for a special screening of FrackNation, hosted by filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer.

    FrackNation sheds a new light on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," which has been demonized by environmental extremists. The film observes the process of fracking and addresses the main concerns in Josh Fox's Gasland 2, an anti-fracking film. FrackNation takes fracking to a more personal level by interviewing and examining individuals who are affected by the technique.  Viewers learn that many of these individuals actually support fracking, a practice which most of the public assumes is wrong. 

    The screening of FrackNation was scheduled when the filmmakers heard that Josh Fox had planned a screening of Gasland 2 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Two Foundation interns attended Josh's screening and counted 80 in the auditorium, with no other students in sight. According to intern Olivia Mountz, the entire event seemed very vague.

    "Josh Fox gave a ten second intro telling the audience it was his film and it was an anti-fracking film. If you didn't know any background about the documentary, you would be lost," Mountz said.

    As for the film, Mountz added, "I can see how a person would side with Josh Fox after watching Gasland. It was so dramatic and made natural gas look like murder." 

    The interns also reported that the audience was very rowdy and kept cheering and shouting whenever the film showed that natural gas as harmful or hazardous. 

    McElhinney and McAleer hosted a Q&A after the FrackNation screening, which lasted roughly an hour. Attendees returned home more informed about the procedure of fracking, the disadvantages and benefits of the process, and positive effects it has for average, hardworking Americans

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