Fossil Fuel Boom May Lead to “Green” President’s Re-election

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hollywood, CA—A new short documentary explores the scenario that President Obama may gain re-election thanks to the fossil fuel industry and in particular a sector of the industry that the environmental movement hates.

The five minute documentary, The Dinosaur Election, points out that Ohio and Pennsylvania—two significant swing states in the election—are currently experiencing localized economic booms due in part to a method for extracting oil and natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock. The process is hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

View the documentary here:

“Incumbent Presidents always do well when people feel optimistic, and at the moment—thanks to fracking and fossil fuels left by decaying dinosaurs—there is much to be optimistic about in Pennsylvania and Ohio,” said journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer who directed and produced the documentary.

The fracking boom started to take off in Pennsylvania just five years ago and has recently spread to Ohio. It has brought tens of billions of dollars to the states in investments and royalties to farmers but has become the number one enemy of the environmental movement who claim the process is polluting and damaging.

The Dinosaur Election points out that this boom is part of a feel-good factor that is sweeping Ohio and PA and could lead to the re-election of President Obama.

But the prospect of President Obama getting re-elected because of fracking drips with irony.

“It’s no secret that President Obama and his administration don’t like fossil fuel industry and would rather support renewable such as solar panels and windmills,” McAleer said. “But they may owe their survival and second term to a boom they don’t like and don’t support.”

The Dinosaur Election features Republican and Democrat analysts who emphasize just how important the two states are for President Obama and how their mini-booms amidst a nation recession may swing the election in an unexpected way.

McAleer said there is a further irony that President Obama may use the flexibility of his second term to undermine and regulate the fracking boom, which is hated by the environmental wing of the Democrat Party.

“This isn’t a ‘donkey’ or ‘elephant’ election. It’s a ‘dinosaur’ election,” McAleer said.

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Phelim McAleer is a journalist and the director of FrackNation, a documentary about fracking. For interviews, please contact: or call (202) 290-8671.


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