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Josh Fox has made another attempt to rescue his imploding reputation by releasing another short movie but FrackNation and the facts show it’s a new GasHoax.
When Josh Fox imploded on Stuart Varney’s FOX News program a few months ago, it signaled the rapidly approaching end of his con game. Now the charlatan is attempting to resurrect a boom and bust career by attacking from another angle, suggesting he’s only interested in the health of gas workers. He calls the new short movie Gasworks.
It’s another collection of distortions and half-truths apparently intended to drive a wedge between gas companies and their workers (some of the happiest and most loyal I’ve ever see) and recreate the specter of danger his fraudulent flaming faucet offered to naive viewers. As both Phelim McAleer of FrackNation and the good folks at Energy In Depth show us, though, it’s just another GasHoax by the biggest huckster of them all – Josh Fox.
Gaswork was released on MSNBC (where else?) this week and tries to indict the natural gas industry for workplace horrors. It’s more of the same from the guy whose flaming faucet and $100,000 offer lies should have put him out of the movie business long ago. It rehashes some of the same propaganda we dispensed with previously here and here. Our friend (and former colleague) Katie Brown at Energy In Depth has assembled the latest statistics (read her entire outstanding article here):
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) data show that construction, transportation and warehousing, agriculture, forestry, government, professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, leisure and hospitality, wholesale trade, and education and health services had more fatal injuries than the oil and gas industry in 2014.
- [While] BLS has not yet published its 2014 data for nonfatal injuries and illnesses… its latest data show that injuries significantly declined by 15 percent from 2012 to 2013. BLS finds the incidence rate for oil and gas is 1.3 per 100 full-time workers, which is less than half the national rate of 3.5 per 100 full-time workers across all industries and government. Again, industries like fishing, bartending, and taxi and limo drivers had far higher injury rates. Further, from 2011 to 2012, the injury rate for oil and gas fell 33 percent.
- The latest BLS data show that oil and gas related fatalities in 2014 declined in some of our most prolific energy producing states. BLS statewide data aren’t yet available for oil and gas production specifically, but its data for overall fatalities in all industries within the state have been published, and that data show that North Dakota saw a 32 percent decrease, California saw a 16 percent decrease, and Pennsylvania saw a four percent decrease in fatalities.The 32 percent decrease in North Dakota happened while the average daily rig count jumpedfrom 180 to 190 from 2013 to 2014 and the total number of wells increased from 11,942 to 12,439 over the same period. North Dakota had a 26.47 percent increase in crude oil production from 2013 to 2014, and the state is also our second largest oil producer behind Texas. Further, the other two states that saw reductions are also among the most prolific oil and gas states: California is our third largest oil producer while Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producer.
Phelim McAleer’s rebuttal to Gaswork is entitled GasHoax. Phelim is the master at challenging huckster/hoaxter types such as Josh Fox. He released GasHoax virtually simultaneously with Gaswork to balance the latter’s nonsense with some facts and perspective and it does the job magnificently. Here it is:
Congratulations to both Katie and Phelim for exposing, yet again, Josh Fox’s cheap propaganda for just what it is. The only thing they left out of the story is the funding of this latest Fox endeavor. Is this the Gasland Part 3 project the elitist Park Foundation has funded Fox to produce (see grant descriptions from their website below)?
One suspects so, but it could also be tobacco money, Soros money, Debra Winger money or National Endowment for the Arts or New York State Council on the Arts money. It could even be Rockefeller money (go here for list of “partners” in his Grassroots Solutions project). Who knows – the guy is good at conning money out of all these folks. One thing we do know is that there’s nothing grassroots about anything Josh Fox does. He’s the court jester for the gentry class. He might want to consider what happens to court jesters (known as “fools”) once the King or Queen grows tired of them, though, because he’s getting very tiring these days.