Shocker: Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Film Is Funded By Middle Eastern Oil Interests

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“America’s oil production has increased by about 30% over the last four years, as a direct result of new technological breakthroughs in drilling technologies that include hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that have tapped into a bonanza of unconventional shale oil and natural gas,” writes Professor Mark Perry posting this graphic as illustration:

Meanwhile, as domestic oil production surges, oil imports have declined:

Clearly, hydraulic fracturing and the energy boom it has set off here in the United States has been inconvenient for our oil trading partners in the middle east. But I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that one of the biggest middle eastern oil interests just happens to be funding Matt Damon’s cinematic assault on fracking:

A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. …

While left-leaning Hollywood often targets supposed environmental evildoers, Promised Landwas also produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, according to the preview’s list of credits. A studio spokesperson confirmed that AD Media is financing the film. The company is wholly owned by the government of the UAE.

Matt Damon, useful idiot for middle eastern oil barons.

It’s not about environmentalism. It’s about undermining America’s domestic oil production. Which is kind of funny. The greenies hate fracking because they thought fossil fuel was dying (“peak oil” and all that) and fracking/horizontal drilling has destroyed that concept, meaning the day when we’re getting all our power from wind mills and solar panels isn’t likely to come in our lifetimes. So they’re joining with middle eastern oil interests to attack fracking, but the middle easterners know that if we stop fracking we aren’t going to turn to wind mills and solar panels.

We’re just going to buy more of their oil.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Jay

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  • mikemc1970

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Matt Damon is a tool of the people he is propagandizing against, just in another sector of the same industry. Man, they don’t make them any stupider. Wait, don’t tell Hanni he’ll definitely try to top that somehow.

  • Emil Kashuntz

    If Arabs sponsored a film claiming the Earth circled the sun, that would be proof the Earth does not circle the sun. Republican right wing logic can do such wonderful things. Don’t ever judge anything on its merits, wait until you get the Republican spin. Lets not forget China is behind Walmart. It is all a plot by China to take over our country. Everything in Walmart is labeled Made in China, so this clearly proves it, just ask Rob. We know Obama will not crack down on China according to the Republicans so of course it is a Muslim Chinese plot, right Rob? Do I get a spinner hat and T Shirt for this Rob?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Good morning Lime… glad you found your name today. How do you keep all your sock-puppet names straight anyways?

    • alanstorm

      Thanks for that breathtaking example of liberal “logic”. You’ve managed to pack a near-infinite amount of strawmen, false analogies and other failed reasoning into a single, badly-punctuated paragraph.

      In other words, a typical liberal “argument”.

      • $8194357

        And they believe it like a religion…..

    • jl

      Emily- That time of the month again, I see.

      • $8194357

        (That time of the month again)
        Welfare checks are in?

  • John_Wayne_American

    I have long thought that the majority of the Enviro Groups and Enviro issues are funded primarily by those who wish to see America weakened, if it enhances the bottom line to those that contribute to these Enviro movements, so much the better.

    George Soros, China, Russia and the Middle East have long been major donors to these causes, yet no-one seems to want to follow the dots.

    • John_Wayne_American

      Example, Who gains the most by blocking the Keystone pipeline to “Preserve the Neb. Sandhills”?
      Answer: China who wants a direct line West, the middle east, Venezuela and Petro Brazil (Invested in by Soros) who wish not to compete with Tar Sands and Shale oil on a world wide market.

      Name the “green” cause, follow the money and you will find the contributors.

      • mikemc1970

        Buffett also profits, because his interests include oil tanker rail cars.

      • $8194357

        It is what it is…
        Global 10 regional governmental soviet style steering committees pre determined outcomes by matriarchail consensus of the global oligarchy…
        The “manufactured narritive of global propaganda”
        The one world new world order both the left and right been on
        board with for decades…

      • $8194357

        When Barry blocked Keystone…
        Buffet wasn’t the only one reaping benifits..

        If they can’t come south they are going west to the
        Pacific and the oil will go to?
        China…….

        Soros OSI gets the benifit a second time at Americas expense…

        Where ya suppose Billary et al is “invested” these days?

    • $8194357

      A global “sustainable energy” fascist ideology..
      Technocracy…from the 30’s social engineers..
      Energy…
      Food production…
      Health care…
      controled by…..”the global elite”…
      satanist “Illuminists” have been busy busy little
      beavers building the utopian “false Eden”, huh…

    • dwpittelli

      I can believe that George Soros is so motivated, and now we know that Middle East government(s) are too, but how exactly is China pushing environmentalism in the U.S.?

      • $8194357

        They are not…
        The politicians they own are…
        The cost of buisness goes up with each new EPA edict and China has no such requirements…Work goes to china and American taxpayers have to pay interest on the loans the same politicians borrow from them…
        Sad and sick circle…
        Soros says he needs oil for his Chinese investment?
        Barry puts a couple billion into Petro Brazille curtosy the US taxpayer..
        Soros buys petro brazil stock and contracts its oil for Chinese manufacturing bought under Billary’s earlier sell out for his OSI’s hedgefunds…
        Big Chicago style pay to play on a global scale…
        Sad as hell…
        But true as can be…

      • John_Wayne_American

        The simple answer is, for ever dollar in increased costs in the US, is one dollar gained in the bid price of Chinese goods.

        So if it costs 10 dollars to make a widget in the US, and someone decides the chemical process to make that widget is harmful to the environment or contributes to global warming, therefore there is a 1 dollar increase in costs to clean up those emissions. China can then bid 10.99 on that same product using the same original process, that they reverse engineered, and also save on R&D costs by I digress, China gets the bid, and makes a bonus 99 cents per widget to boot!

        • $8194357

          Yup

        • http://oldephartte.blogspot.ca/ opit

          Make that ‘contributes to global warming’. And since the Un is playing the song that ‘scientists agree co2 causes global warming’ we do not need to argue about how they magically can predict the future….cause it’s ‘scientific’ and ‘modeled’. Remember GIGO ?

  • SigFan

    It’s purely a coincidence – I’m sure. You know how environmentally friendly those folks over in the UAE are. Veritable bastions of greenieness. Damon and all the other “activist” actors of Hollyweird are a bunch of useful idiots – and they’re not smart enough to know they’re being duped and used.

    • $8194357

      Look up “sustainable enviromentalism”
      UN AGENDA 21
      and the term “technocracy”…
      Energy based global domination agendas…

      • Realitybasedbrc

        What size tin foil hat do you wear?

        If this blog ever has a convention, be sure to wear a thirst that says “CONSPIRACY NUTTER” so the other whack jobs know who you are.

        • $8194357

          (be sure to wear a thirst that says )
          Right back attcha genious…

          • Realitybasedbrc

            Sorry. My phone auto corrected it. Still, it’s a good idea, huh gun nutter?

            Technology, just like satan, Glen beck and the UN predicted, huh..

          • $8194357

            “Technocracy”
            Leftist social engineering thats been around
            since at least the 1930’s..
            “Brave New World”
            “1984”
            Going global with the “smart grid” as we speak….
            Look it up for your own bad self huh…

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.tinder.73 Mark Tinder

          Typical “progressive” response: rather than actually address the point the person was making, you slander him (?) with ad hominem attacks (“tin foil hat”; “CONSPIRACY NUTTER”). It’s interesting to note that you had absolutely nothing to say about the UN’s Agenda 21 which-shocker!-is all about establishing world-wide controls on energy. (It’s all for our own good though, right?)

          • $8194357

            “Iluminist globalism” takes on many ideological hats.
            communism..
            Nazism…
            sharia islam…
            technocracy…
            sustainable enviromentalism….
            ect..ect..ect..
            Marx was an “Illuminati benifactor” who codified their
            agenda as
            “Marxism”..
            All diverse ideologies from hell with the same goal..
            the anti christs facist global governance..
            Old Testament says…..
            An explosion of information/knowledge/communications
            just before the rise of the beast….
            Artificial “Omnipotence”…

  • John

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing.

    • mikemc1970

      deja vu

  • John

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. God

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. God

    • $8194357

      global propaganda and
      “sustainable technocracy energy”
      facist intent…
      Know it all know nothings don’t even know
      when the tails waggin the dog or vicesa versa…

  • $8194357

    Its a small world after all.
    Its a small, small,
    international progressive UN AGENDA 21 world.
    controled by Iluminati ideologies
    and satans globalist agendas, huh.

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. God

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yet, if it were a pro-oil film funded by Exxon, then pointing out the connection would be ok.

      • john

        I would find that just as hilarious Rob, Film funding is one of those true capitalist free markets.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Right. It is a free market. And instructive to “follow the money” while looking at motivations.

          Damon is making an anti-fracking propaganda film, and those backing it just happen to have a big financial stake in lowering US oil production.

          • john

            That’s right, it’s more likely a coincidence, but if you did a little more reseach you would find the Saudi Royals have financed a quite a few films over the years, both political as well as entertaining.

          • wolfie773

            So if there were a climate change study funded by say, BP, and it contained findings that countered climate alarmists, you wouldn’t find any issue with that.

          • $8194357

            Thats already been done but BP wasn’t behind it…
            Green enviromentalism was….
            An inconvienent truth,,,
            Accademics funded by the same folks who wanted the
            pre determined results they produced…
            A skewered world we live in huh.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            A fact that doesnt change anything about the problem with anti-fracking propaganda being funded.by middle.eastern oil money.

          • $8194357

            Yup

          • Arm The Homeless

            Rob, so how should we view the fact that News Corp. has a 20% ownership stake from Saudi interests? Should we view any pro-oil ads or representatives from the industry askance when they show up on FNC? Should we, as you have with this movie, ignore it out of hand before the argument has been presented?

      • john

        I would find that just as hilarious Rob, Film funding is one of those true capitalist free markets.

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. Damn, I laughed so hard I made danish come through my nose. Thanks for the morning laughs, Rob!

  • zipity

    Huh. Matt Damon is just another lefty-moonbat-useful-idiot…? What a complete and utter shocker.

    “I’ll alert the media…”

    /Hobson the butler in “Arthur”

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. Damn, I laughed so hard I made danish come through my nose. Thanks for the morning laughs, Rob!

  • john

    ROFLMAO The fact is a great deal of film funding comes out of the middle east. So, based upon this “conspiracy theory”, all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interest all have some hidden propagnda motives. So much for free markets in Hollyweird. God, I still can’t stop laughing at this media sensationalization of film financing. Damn, I laughed so hard I made danish come through my nose. Thanks for the morning laughs, Rob!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      But yet, if Exxon funded a pro-oil movie, you’d think that was a big deal.
      Hypocrite.

      • john

        Now, now Rob, don’t go name calling just because you missed the boat on this one and I happen to have a good bit of first hand knowledge on film financing. Exxon placing that kind of money in a high risk return wouldn’t happen, so come back with something a little more realistic.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I’m not namecalling. I’m accurately characterizing your hypocrisy.

    • tony_o2

      “all films fund in part by Middle Eastern interests all have some hidden propagnda motives”
      Nobody made the claim that ALL films funded by the UAE are propaganda. The claim is that THIS film, funded by the UAE, is propaganda. This claim was made before the funding was brought to our attention. Therefore the funding was not a factor in deciding that this film is propaganda.

      The fact that you laughed this morning is nothing worth mentioning. After all, ignorance is bliss….

      • $8194357

        He is a very gay fellow, no…

  • Harold

    Is Matt gonna walk to all his appointments if we have no oil?

    • DWHoover

      No, he will still fly to them on his solar powered airplane.

      • wolfie773

        No, it will be powered by his smug sense of self-satisfaction.

        • $8194357

          An unending supply, huh.

          • Guest

            A “perpetual moron machine”? That might be the breakthrough physics has been waiting on!

          • $8194357

            ( A “perpetual moron machine”?)
            Already done that..
            marxist mandatory public education…

          • http://oldephartte.blogspot.ca/ opit

            Corn starch reduces IQ points. Word recognition defuses phonic analysis. Illiteracy is rampant. And the programming is designed to create anger and resentment at having to memorize reams of drivel.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Ogb2zBWJw

          • $8194357

            And Canadians still say “aye” huh…

          • http://oldephartte.blogspot.ca/ opit

            LOL I didn’t think so – but a couple of youngsters from south of the 49th picked up my accent as being from Canuckistan years ago. Apparently it does insert itself…eh ?

          • $8194357

            My wife and I have a couple of bluegrass friends from
            “up nort aye”.
            they come down and visit us guite a bit…
            Don’t mean nothin by it….
            God Bless and take care now, Hear?

  • robert108

    Let’s not use the left wing tactic of assuming guilt by association. The only thing that should matter is if the information in the film is true or not. If it’s true, it doesn’t matter who funded it, and if it’s false, same thing.
    As a side note, I think it’s funny that all the left wing tactics to raise the price of oil have had the effect of stimulating production. “Every action has a reaction, equal in force and opposite in direction.” – Ike Newton

  • $8194357

    And right on “cue”…
    UN starts financing AGENDA 21

    EXCLUSIVE:
    As the UN opens its General Assembly session,
    it is already thinking up new global taxes
    By George Russell
    Published September 27, 2012

    The United Nations is at it again:
    finding new and “innovative” ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from the rich nations of the world — especially the U.S. — to poorer ones, in line with U.N.-directed economic, social and environmental development.

    Read more:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/#ixzz27mUfd5mU

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    And here I thought that Matt Damon died during the filming of “Syrianna”. Oh, well.

  • elHombre

    Matt Damon is an expert on Fracking. Who knew?
    He should have let it alone. Then Obama could take credit for the increase without anyone being the wiser. Oh, what am I thinking? Obama will do that anyway.

  • Lulu

    Middle Easter…you may want to fix that.

  • Fat_Man

    “the day when we’re getting all our power from wind mills and solar panels isn’t likely to come in our lifetimes.”

    That day will never come, and the hard core enviros don’t care. What they really want is to force the oiks to live in a pre-industrial world. The blather about solar and wind is just a shiny baubble to distract us from their real ambitions; de-population and universal poverty.

  • snidelywhiplash667

    Mideastern oil states also are worried about the effect that increased US/Canadian production will have on the price of oil – with North American fields in production, both their market share and their profit margins will take a hit. Double whammy.

    • Joseph Shmeau

      Major agreement with this point. A lot, and I mean a lot, of green crusading against companies/industries is funded by the competitors of those industries. This can be done by direct competitors in the same industry, or indirect competitors like oil and coal and natural gas. The attacks on Canadian oil sands petroleum as “dirty oil” is a classic case. Another would be Alaskan fishing industry funding of campaigns against fish farming in Canada.

  • LouAnnWatson

    amazing how people that constantly live a lie on stage can be then taken seriously by anyone

  • Guest

    You did what, Matt? Seriously? Get out of town, Matt! No, seriously. Get. Out. Of Town. NOW.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    A bit of criticism is in order in regard to your “Net Oil Imports” graph. The graph distorts the impact of the changes over time by not including the origin or zero points.

    While a 20% range is certainly statistically significant, the visual impression left with viewers is of something much larger. Unfortunately, this lapse is something that occurs quite frequently these days. There used to be an accepted hedge wherein a kind of squiggly line was inserted between the lowest measure and the origin to indicate that the visual was actually only a marginal view but one sees that less and less often these days.

  • Aaron1960

    Too bad actors can’t just be put in boxes until there’s a new script that suits their acting skills & styles. This whole ‘they’re human too and have opinions’ thing seems to be to their detriment.

  • Neo

    Matt Damon works for “Big foreign Oil” ?? No way !!

    Call a snollygoster a snollygoster when they are a snollygoster.

  • Brendan

    It’s as if the people who released this film are purposely trying to undermine the anti-fracking movement. Why else would they partner with a UAE firm? They must have known that this would be the spin- “middle eastern gas and oil interests are trying to undermine American energy independence…” I’m beginning to think that Promised Land was designed to promote the gas/oil industry by discrediting those who are critical of gas and oil extraction.

  • mikegiles

    It has long since occurred to me to ask if much of the funding of the “enviromental movement doesn’t originate in the pockets of various OPEC types.

  • Darrell Mc Neill

    I wonder which country Matt Damon will hide that money in? Didn’t he and his friends from Hollywood say about where Mitt Romney hid his money. Seems so.

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