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‘Promised Land’: Big Oil Propaganda Film Fails Screenwriting 101

The big reveal in ‘Promised Land’ comes in the opening credits, when Image Nation Abu Dhabi is listed as a producer. Follow the money. The anti-fracking message that follows is an international conspiracy against the U.S. domestic natural gas industry by Hollywood and the oil-rich United Emirates. I’m only half-joking about the conspiracy part, but when a Middle Eastern company helps fund a movie that throws its natural-resource competitor under the bus you do have to wonder just a bit. Especially since the film was released one day after the announcement that oil-rich Al Jazeera purchased Al “Fossil Fuels Are Killing the Planet” Gore’s Current TV.