Gallery: US Kids Targeted by ‘Fracking’ Cartoon


Shale gas is viewed as a cleaner, cheaper alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Granted, unconventional gas burns 30% more efficiently than coal, but the process used to get it out of the ground is far from clean. Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ has been causing quite a stir in the US in recent years, particularly in north-eastern states such as Pennsylvania as the dangers related to the exploration and development of shale gas have made their way into mainstream consciousness. Perhaps this is what prompted the $25 billion Canadian global oil and gas company, Talisman Energy to publish a 24-page coloring book for kids explaining the merits of shale gas extraction. Talisman is hoping to ‘educate’ kids on the fun and exciting world of fracking by introducing them to ‘Talisman Terry, your friendly Fracosaurus’.

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  1. Greenpiece January 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Fracking causes rainbows !

  2. caeman July 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    And the Jolly Green Giant. And Tony the Tiger. And Smokey the Bear. And so many other cartoon and fun characters that represent products. I first learned how a bill becomes law from a cartoon.

  3. lazyreader July 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It worked for Joe Camel.

  4. caeman July 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    “I mean, do they honestly think they can get away with providing such an imbalanced account of fracking to America’s children?”

    About as balanced as any source, with its own agenda and desires. Inhabitat is an example of a biased news source, and you folks make no apologies for such bias. It is only fair if the drilling company looks after its own interests, as well.

  5. JasminMC July 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    The use of Comic Sans just makes it even more malicious.

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