Truth or Hype: Deconstructing “Don’t Frack My Mother”
“Don’t Frack My Mother.” That’s the title of a catchy folk song now making the web rounds, written by Beatles scion Sean Lennon and performed by Yoko Ono, Liv Tyler, and assorted other celebrities. The song is intended to send a message to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who will decide, likely later this month, whether to allow hydraulic fracking for natural gas in his state.
As you can tell from the song title, the celebrities are not in favor of fracking.
The song makes a number of claims about the dangers of fracking … but are they true?
Let’s look at the lyrics (in bold italics) and the on-screen messages (in bold), and see.
Definitely true. Cuomo has said his decision will come