Hollywood "Environmentalist" Zealots Exposed in Sting

By:  Alex Newman
Hollywood "Environmentalist" Zealots Exposed in Sting

Top Hollywood bigwigs were more than willing to take the Middle East oil money to produce anti-fracking propaganda and keep quiet about it all — until they got busted by Project Veritas.

A Middle Eastern oil tycoon named Muhammad wanted to make sure Americans never become energy independent, thus ensuring a steady stream of U.S. funds to enrich himself at your expense. To that end, Muhammad decided to use $9 million of his family dynasty’s wealth to fund an anti-fracking propaganda film that would convince the American people that the modern energy extraction technology was bad for the environment.

In reality, “Muhammad” was no Mideast oil magnate. Rather, he was an actor working a sting operation with undercover journalist James O’Keefe and his infamous Project Veritas, which has exposed numerous scandals using undercover tactics — with ACORN, perhaps, being the most explosive so far. In the latest sting, the group recorded heavyweight Hollywood actors and producers agreeing to dupe and defraud the American people by demonizing fracking and covering up the funding source.

“This latest investigation shows the dark side of Hollywood’s environmental movement,” explained James O’Keefe, who has attracted the ire of Big Government proponents exposed in a wide array of sting operations in recent years. “Hollywood is willing to take and conceal money from Middle Eastern oil interests in order to advance their cause of destroying American energy independence.” Project Veritas’ “Expose: Hollywood’s War on US Energy” premiered in Cannes, France, last week.

Among the Hollywood characters exposed in the sting were actor Ed Begley, Jr., an “environmentalist” who serves as governor of the Academy Awards board, and Academy Award-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway. Also busted agreeing to accept and conceal oil money to fund the propaganda were “Green Planet Productions” producers Josh and Rebecca Tickell. The prominent husband and wife have produced multiple “environmental” films, including one in 2008 dubbed Fuel that won a major award and was shown at the White House for the Obama administration.   

“If Washington D.C. continues fracking, America will be energy efficient and then they won't need our oil anymore,” the actor posing as Muhammad tells the Hollywood “environmentalists” in the Project Veritas recording. Another actor who participated in the operation, posing as an ad executive, goes on to say: “Our motivation or my motive is, my client is, we're — we want to — I'm trying to help his bottom line, you know…. That doesn’t go farther than this table.”

That is good enough for the Hollywood types, who met with the undercover operatives at the ritzy Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. All of the “punked” celebrities can be heard on tape vowing to keep the funding hidden. “Washington and Hollywood are a lot alike; illusions, special effects, smoke and mirrors,” explains Begley, the actor and influential Hollywood insider.

Separately, during a phone call, the producers volunteer even more embarrassing quotes to the Project Veritas actors. 

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