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Celebrity ‘experts’ are only experts in hypocrisy

Celebrity ‘experts’ are only experts in hypocrisy

*Celebrity ‘experts’ are only experts in hypocrisy

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.

Vito Spinelli

Scotia

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