The Celebrity Campaign Against Fracking: How Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Rallied an Outcry
- NYC 09/26/2012 (Entertainment.time.com)
Yoko Ono, her son Sean Lennon, and more than 180 other artists have come together to lend their star power to the anti-fracking cause.
They announced the formation of Artists Against Fracking at a Manhattan news conference. Ono and Lennon said they wrote a letter to New York Governor Cuomo asking him not to allow the controversial hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York’s Marcellus Shale because it could contaminate the state’s watersheds — including New York City’s water supply.
Stars who are a part of this coalition include former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Hugh Jackman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Zooey Deschanel.
In his August 27th New York Times editorial, Sean Lennon wrote a personal account of the time he spent as a child on his family’s idyllic farm in the Catskills, “skipping stones with my father and drinking unpasteurized milk.” He says he and his mother started researching hydro-fracking a few months ago when gas companies came to town looking to build hydro-fracking infrastructure. He writes:
Though my father died when I was 5, I have always felt lucky to live on land he loved dearly; land in an area that is now on the verge of being destroyed.
All this high-profile celebrity support for the anti-fracking cause has put the gas companies on the defensive. This promoted tweet from the American Natural Gas Alliance regarding Sean Lennon’s August 27th New York Times op-ed against fracking:
Sean Lennon's @nytimes piece on #fracking is far more art than science. Allow us to fact check: bit.ly/O0IODp
The American Natural Gas Alliance released a statement a couple of days ago asking Sean Lennon to get his facts straight:
Many of us at ANGA are huge fans of the Beatles and the Lennon legacy and so it gives us no pleasure to say that in describing his world of honeybees and raspberries Sean echoes his father’s more imaginative periods and does not seem inclined toward a serious discussion about natural gas…
Sean claims natural gas could somehow “render the climate unlivable” and “raise the price of food and make coastlines unstable for generations.” Natural gas can do all that? Are the New York Times editorial page fact checkers all at the beach this week?
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(Pictured below L-R) Actor Mark Ruffalo, Professor of engineering at Cornell University, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Sean Lennon, and Yoko Ono pose for a picture at the Artists Against Fracking Coalition Event at Paley Center For Media in New York City.