Fracking brings jobs, for homeless t-shirt wearers

A new low for the mother frackers fossil fuel industry:

Another 18 or so men sported turquoise-colored “Shale Yes” T-shirts. Some of them expressed confusion about why they were in Cullowhee. A handful removed their shirts or turned them inside out after anti-fracking supporters quizzed them about their knowledge of fracking. One of the men told The Herald he stays in a Winston-Salem homeless shelter and came because he had been told it would help the environment. He said he felt misled. The man, an Army veteran receiving mental-health care, refused to provide his name or additional details, saying he didn’t want any trouble. To prove his story, he fished in his pocket and produced a Bethesda Center For The Homeless business card.

The men who would talk – none were willing to provide their names -- seemed nervous. They asked reporters to close their notebooks when other people approached. One warned another to be quiet. They denied receiving money to attend the hearing.

This was somebody's "bright idea," and that somebody needs to be splattered all over the nightly news and the front pages of newspapers.

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This story stinks to high heaven

Here's more from the Winston-Salem Journal:

Searching for answers, conservationists turned their eyes toward Algenon Cash, a Winston-Salem businessman who has attended the meetings as well to support fracking.

“Did an oil company-paid spokesperson use his connections at a local homeless shelter to mislead veterans and others to get on bus to Cullowhee in order to promote the big oil and gas companies’ agenda to drill in North Carolina?” asked Mary Maclean Asbill of the Southern Environmental Law Center.

For his part, Cash said in a telephone interview that he did not know about the veteran, who is staying at the Bethesda Center, or that a handful of the 30-plus supporters may have been misinformed about the purpose of the meeting.

“That's not how we do business,” he said.

Ahead of the meeting, Cash tried to get people to show up, sending a message through his email distribution list, he said. A bus was available for the 400-mile trek, round trip. One of the people on the list said he would attend – and would bring others. As these types of events tend to be organized, one person gets a small cluster of folks to attend.

Cash declined to identify the person who brought the young men in the video or the veteran. He also declined to identify the veteran.

I doubt very seriously that particular person on Cash's e-mail list was homeless. I also doubt that Cash knew nothing about the recruiting-at-the-shelter plan, and that might explain him driving his car instead of riding on the bus with his fellow "fracking supporters."

Like I said, it stinks, and somebody needs to get some quotes from the Bethesda folks, too.

"That's not how we do business"

Oh, yes, it most certainly is. This is exactly how the Koch-led dirty energy people do business.

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