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Movie portraying American oil and natural gas producers as greedy polluters was financed by the… United Arab Emirates

By Doug Powers  •  September 29, 2012 12:09 PM

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From the sound of it, the new Matt Damon film “Promised Land” might as well carry the following disclaimer: “This vilification of the U.S. oil and gas industry is brought to you by the friendly folks at Foreign Oil™.

From Lachlan Markay at the Heritage Foundation:

The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe’s Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing – a technique for extracting oil and gas from shale formations – Promised Land’s script has been altered to make doom-saying environmentalists the tools of oil companies attempting to discredit legitimate “fracking” concerns.

While left-leaning Hollywood often targets supposed environmental evildoers, Promised Land was also produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, according to the preview’s list of credits. A spokesperson with DDA Public Relations, which runs PR for Participant Media, the company that developed the film fund backing Promised Land, confirmed that AD Media is a financier. The company is wholly owned by the government of the UAE.

Normally Hollywood takes a skeptical tone toward the motives of big business and refuses to be used to push greedy corporate interests… unless those interests are financing their films.


Here’s the full trailer for the film Only Foreign Oil and Gas Can Save Us Now Promised Land. It’s the kind of exposé of the potential hazards of U.S. domestic energy production that can only be bankrolled by one of the world’s largest oil exporters and producers of natural gas:

The reviews are in, and the critics agree:

“It’s a ten!” – OPEC Daily News

“Two enthusiastic thumbs up!” – Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum At the Movies

(h/t Say Anything Blog)

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