Patrick Moore, The Sensible Environmentalist: The Truth about Fracking, Natural Gas and Vinyl

Rebel Staff

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, the Sensible Environmentalist, is back to set the record straight about fracking, natural gas and vinyl — all safe, sustainable and even essential things that eco-activists are trying to ban.

Moore explains:

Let’s start with fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing has been around for more than half a century. But recent technology called horizontal drilling has changed the way – and amount – of natural gas that we can access.

The entire process takes only a couple of weeks and affects a small pad on the surface of the earth.

Natural gas will flow from that pad for up to 40 years, after which the site will be restored to nature by returning the topsoil that was removed and planting the site with native species of trees and other plants.

Anti-fracking documentaries leave all that out, and also make ridiculous claims about “weapons grade uranium” and “tap water on fire” and “fracking causing earthquakes.” WATCH and I’ll debunk these claims one by one.

An example of one natural gas product that is under attack is polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC or simply vinyl. It’s one of most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, as well as the most versatile and cost-effective of plastics.

Vinyl is entirely non-toxic.

Yet Greenpeace successfully pushed Walmart to eliminate PVC packaging. I’ll reveal the misinformation they used during this campaign, which will pressure other businesses to do the same.

This is a major problem. Activists want to eliminate the use of PVC, not just in toys and packaging, but in many of the products that make our hospitals and health care sanitary.

Then there are PVC building materials:

That contaminated water in Flint, Michigan that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well, that water supply was contaminated by iron and lead, the materials the pipes were made from. This wouldn’t have happened with PVC pipe, as it does not corrode.

So next time you see a ban on anything – from fracking, to natural gas or a material like vinyl — think critically, and look at the facts, not the spin.


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commented 2017-01-14 02:38:13 -0500
I don’t believe there’s any problems with fracking or using natural gas. I do wonder how long we will be able to use it though, as well as our oil. Will it ever run out?
Also can we call a plastic we can’t recycle “sustainable”? We can’t burn it or there’s too many toxic byproducts. I appreciate its use in medical supplies but must we use it everywhere else when there are other recyclable plastics out there? Just my two cents…
commented 2017-01-13 20:09:46 -0500
Makes sense. Love watching these shows. I hope I’m not being anti brainwashed though
commented 2017-01-13 15:27:54 -0500
Patrick is one of my favorites, however I heard and saw these videos 5 years ago.
commented 2017-01-13 12:34:24 -0500
Tap water on fire is not a myth in some places. Back in the day on the farm we had a lot of gas in the water and ended up having to install an open tank between the well and the lines to vent the gas out.
This happened before the fracking day’s
commented 2017-01-13 02:14:35 -0500
David Post those chemicals are used in household products. And they do not leak into the water supply.
commented 2017-01-12 19:03:13 -0500
Whilst I agree that fracking is not the evil that it is made out to be, your comments are very misleading. In shale (in the US), fracking uses a lot of water along with additives that you really don’t want anywhere near drinking water supplies. In Australia we frack coal seams to produce coal bed methane which conversely produces a lot of (generally salty) water, as well as depressurises coal seams at depth which can have flow on effects. We are running a major study (probably the largest in the world) into this at which I encourage you to look at.
commented 2017-01-12 16:53:46 -0500
Imagine how many little kids and teenagers need to be detoxed of the toxic environmental waste information they’ve been fed already through the educational system and the TV ads the Libs are flooding the channels in Canada.
This video is a keeper. Thanks very much.
commented 2017-01-12 15:33:37 -0500
I would make one criticism of this report and that is that PVC and other plastics are a waste management problem of considerable scale. It simply isn’t cost effective to recycle them. So a technology to burn them cleanly is needed .
commented 2017-01-12 15:09:59 -0500
Excellent MR MOORE , you strung it all together
That is the preliminary of a course study
commented 2017-01-12 13:37:42 -0500

Can you imagine any department of education in Canada, particularly Alberta and Ontario, allowing science videos to be shown to students in science? Not going to happen. I don’t think they are even allowed to do experiments any more, just analysis of a given data set which will lead to a predetermined outcome that fits the political narrative.

Science teachers seldom have science degrees now, and if they do and want to teach real science, they cannot use proscribed resources but only prescribed ones…or they face discipline. And that discipline will be upheld by the union.

Nope, you ain’t going to see this video in a science course anytime soon, because it does promote scientific thinking.

commented 2017-01-12 13:24:48 -0500
Fuck it…let’s just ban all technologies and revert back to the 17th century. Things were so great then.
commented 2017-01-12 13:14:38 -0500
knowledge is power……seek it out and learn…..ask and you will receive it… your eyes and learn
BUT close your eyes and ears and remain it the dark
time to bring back learning in schools
commented 2017-01-12 12:50:17 -0500
If all Rebels copy the URL for this video and send it to the PMO, do you think somebody there would explain it to Trudeau?
Of course even if he did understand it, he would do nothing, he makes a fortune in bonuses by buying Saudi Oil.
commented 2017-01-12 11:21:51 -0500
Excella vid. Should be a high school resource.
commented 2017-01-12 11:03:27 -0500
Horizontal drilling lead to the extinction of “peak oil” & made extraction a much more enviro-friendly process. Same for the oil sands where the bulk of the resource is too deep for mining that looks awful but does recovers oil like nothing else, 90%+ !!!
commented 2017-01-12 11:02:06 -0500
Oops, I forgot fishermen. Sorry.
commented 2017-01-12 10:59:37 -0500
Actually Peter I have run into quite a number of sensible enviromentalists, they are called hunters.
commented 2017-01-12 10:55:43 -0500
Hi Peter.
You mean there really is a Santa Claus?
commented 2017-01-12 10:37:02 -0500
Robert, there are environmentalists that are sensible. The word “environmentalist” was co-opted and misused by the envio-freaks movement, the “anti-industrialization” movement … whatever you want to call it.

@ Patrick Moore – Excellent and informative video.
commented 2017-01-12 10:28:29 -0500
Very informative vid. Kudos
commented 2017-01-12 10:11:15 -0500
Sensible Enviromentalist? Talk about your classic oxymoron.