Celebrity ‘experts’ are only experts in hypocrisy
Defending free speech, the 18th century French writer Voltaire subscribed to the principle, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Listening to, and reading, the idiotic drivel spouted by anti-fracking celebrities has sorely tested my belief in free speech.
At a meeting held at a Manhattan art house theater, anti-fracking “luminaries” Mario Batali, Yoko Ono, Alec Baldwin and a host of others made utter fools of themselves.
Batali owns 16 restaurants, which consume more natural gas in one day than most of us use in a year. Let him try running his establishments with windmills and solar panels.
Remove Yoko Ono’s men’s fedora hat and oversized sunglasses, and her identify is gone. At a press conference, this vacuous nullity, without any knowledge of hydrofracking methods, warned it would kill the whole world. Incidentally, she and her son own a farm in upstate New York that is conventionally powered.
In a burst of ideological fervor, [director] Josh Fox stated: “We have the capability of running everything in the country — including our fleet of 240 million cars — off electricity from wind, solar and hydropower.” A perfect example of an ignoramus who would have been ridiculed if he wasn’t a movie director.
Among informed individuals a difference of opinion can eventually lead to an equitable solution. Unfortunately, those opposed are being co-opted by a cacophony of nonsense from celebrity hypocrites who benefit from excessive exposure.