11:38 am - 03/11/2013

Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Recruit Famous Friends for Anti-Fracking Clip

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have put up billboards, run a TV ad and presented petitions in opposition of fracking, now they've recruited celebrity friends including Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the new video to their song "Don't Frack My Mother," which debuted last summer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

The song is the latest entry in their Artists Against Fracking campaign to persuade New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to allow gas companies to use hydraulic fracturing in New York state to extract natural gas trapped deep within underground rock.

The video intersperses shots of Lennon, Ono and actors and musicians, also including Maggie Gyllenhaal, SNL's Fred Armisen and members of the Strokes, Wilco and the Black Keys, with statistics about fracking and drilling. As Lennon pleads, "Please, don't frack my mother," Ono interjects, "Don't frack me!"

Cuomo last fall postponed a decision on fracking until February, but the state missed a procedural deadline last month that will further delay efforts to finalize regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Missing the deadline required the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to re-propose the regulations, and allow 45 days for public comment.


johnnyabatti 11th-Mar-2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
the sun is down

the sun is down

the sun is down

it's getting

so dark
spankmypirate 11th-Mar-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my god it's like looking at Hipster Havana
tigermilk 11th-Mar-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
We were talking about fracking in my environmental ethics class the other day and I kept giggling like an eight year old boy over "Just Do It".
spoiled_water 11th-Mar-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Fracking always makes me think of BSG.
mammary_glands 11th-Mar-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
mte. i can't even disassociate. this is just awkward.
voyevoda 11th-Mar-2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
awkwardmumbles 11th-Mar-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
i took mother as mother earth but i guess they mean yoko?
mammary_glands 11th-Mar-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
yoko is speaking for mother earf
therearewords 11th-Mar-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
I read a good article about pros and cons of fracking but still feel like I don't understand more than 34% of it. Why can't we just live on sunbeams, rainbows and the wind?

/damn hippie
doctorsmythe 11th-Mar-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
What do you not understand perhaps I can help explain.

The hippy in me would love to live on sunbeams, rainbows and the wind. The engineer in me just loves the whole petrochemical industry.
therearewords 11th-Mar-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
I can't remember much but the pro side said chances of collapse are minimal so no quake risk and stuff while the against side says it can't be contained so there's risk for the ground water and quakes will happen because you're like ..deflating the ground

One side says it's the cleanest, easiest accessible source right now while the other says it's a ticking time bomb ..why don't they find the middle road for economic and environment?
doctorsmythe 11th-Mar-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of things that need to be taken into account when talking about fracking. There are the general problems with mining things from the earth and then there are the fracking specific problems.

Fracking is a method that has been used for many years. It has been used safely with no more impact than traditional gas production. But traditional gas production has its problems. You have to know what you do and even if you do there are always risks for earthquakes (depending on the soil and rock-formation), environmental impact from things like condensate that will also be produced and that might leak and than of course there is safety for people; it is still a dangerous, flammable gas. But generally speaking both shale (won by fracking)and traditional gas are not unsafe energy sources compared to others. Traditional gas is preferred because it is just easier and you have to put less energy in to getting it out of the ground than shale gas.

Fracking as it is done currently in the States has some serious issues however, because people doing it are using needlessly dangerous chemicals, don't dispose of them properly, and there is often no infrastructure, like pipelines, waste disposal etc. Many of the issues that exists (burning water for instance) are the consequence of a bad finishing of the wells, drilling in unsuitable areas and simply people wanting to becoming rich as fast as they can without out a care for the world. Proper regulation done by people who know how things work could minimize these things. But it isn't as simple as forbidding fracking I think.
therearewords 11th-Mar-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ahaaaa. Thanks so much. Sad that people will never from the start think of the safest and environment friendliest thing.
heroicattempt 11th-Mar-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't see any Strokes members, which is the only reason I clicked on. But meh. Their message is lost in the shitty low-res-ness of this video and all the NYC artists who are trying to make themselves look good.
snowy_owl14 12th-Mar-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
nikolai and his wife are at the 0:34 mark (he has on sunglasses and hand puppets)
justspaz 11th-Mar-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, the poor NYC-ers. Mark Ruffalo does a lot of activism but he lives in the Catskills so that's better. Being from upstate just makes me such a bitter person towards the city, except when I'm there and having fun.

My mom works for the NYC DEC. This is probably the closest to being on ONTD she will ever be, haha. <3
reidacted 11th-Mar-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Should have hit up MGG.
reidacted 11th-Mar-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Kemp, as always, was looking flawless though.
prophecypro 12th-Mar-2013 05:15 am (UTC)
when I think frak I think BSG
mjspice 12th-Mar-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Don't frack them!
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