At one time we had heroes only to see the development of anti-heroes, people who wound doing good only incidentally for their own gain or revenge. At one time we had patriots only to see the development of anti-patriots, people who wound doing good only incidentally for their own gain or revenge. Matt Damon is such an anti-patriot.
Matt Damon has, in part, written and stars in a new movie, “Promised Land” that does what liberals do best, prey on people’s fears, the same way the oil drillers prey on people’s greed.
So far I have only seen the trailer, but I can guess pretty much which way it’s bigotry lies – bad oil companies taking advantage of innocent farmers to line their own pockets – pretty much the same way Matt Damon is taking advantage if people who go to see the movie to line his pockets.
What do I know about all this? I am part of having signed a lease to drill on family farm land. In Illinois, all members of a trust are entitled to proceeds that diminish the future value of the trust, so I am a signatory.
From what I have read, the issue is about what fracking will do to the land. But there are two types of fracking, one used for liquid oil deposits and one for hard rock shale oil deposits. Of the two, the liquid oil fracking has been use since the 30’s. The shale oil fracking is relatively new and what you read about in news reports.
Matt Damon and company would have you believe that they are one and the same. Easy enough with the names. He would have you believe that oil companies using the safe method will leave your town a burnt out husk and the land desolated. It doesn’t happen that way and, in the case of Illinois, they have strict laws and control over how the drilling process is done from start to finish.
But that doesn’t mean the oil companies are goody two shoes, they aren’t. They lead you on with promises of riches that are unlikely to happen. In Illinois, 95% of the wells drilled are only pumping 1 to 2 barrels a day. And of whatever comes up in the first place, that will be reduced by 90% within a year, year after year till you’re down to the 1-2 barrels and a noisy oil pumping rig in your field you can’t get rid of till it quits pumping oil (that’s written into the oil lease)
But the oil companies don’t get a free ride. It costs a minimum of half-a-million dollars to drill and can be as much as one million dollars, of which the land owner gets 12.5%. I know of one person that had a strike on their property and there was over 12 million dollars in oil pumped the first year. So that property owner, a family trust, made over a million dollars but that had to be split between members of the family trust so no one became a millionaire. Back east family trusts for farm land is common.
So what do the land owners get? Hope. Hope that they can continue their disappearing way of life for another generation. The children that grow up on farms don’t want to stay and generation after generation have fled to the big cities taking the life blood of the small towns with them because there are no jobs in small towns anymore. And as those kids leave there are even fewer jobs and less reason to stay and this has been going on for over 50 years.
The people of the small towns are desperate for a way to keep their way of life alive and even see it flourish again and so they believe the promises of oil drillers. But it is also greed; the people of these small towns need the money for new roofs and to fix things up.
Now you have some well meaning east coast intellectual elitest come in and tell these people you can’t survive, you have to preserve things exactly as they are for that east coast crowd to enjoy. You are to be no more then exhibits in an open air museum. Matt Damon has his and has the luxury of the elitest attitude. When he was coming up in te entertainment business, he sold his soul for money and success and now he’s saying that people who don’t have what he does can’t have that. Their way of life has to die so his can flourish.
Matt Damon, by killing small towns, only increases global warming. People still live in small towns but drive 30 miles to a job in the big city, which encourages the type of global warming Matt Damon believes in. But it’s not
Global warming is not in the air, it’s at our feet. We have all these big cities that are heat islands and altering weather patterns. We need to spread people out not concentrate them and Matt Damon helps concentrate people into the big cities and make global warming worse.
Like a lot of liberals, Matt Damon has good intentions, and we know where that path leads. It is because they fail to think things through and do more damage then good.
Let Matt Damon spend his life on a farm, making 30k a year, and see how fast he signs an oil lease