Many eyes were fixed on Josh Fox on Oscar night because he had a chance to bring a whole new level of exposure to the world of hydraulic fracking. In the end, Fox didn’t get the Oscar for best documentary for "Gasland," an expose on the world of fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting toxic chemicals into the ground at high pressures to extract natural gas. Fox didn’t take home the 18-inch statute on Sunday night, he is hoping for another prize: a chance to debate billionaire energy tycoon debate T. Boone Pickens.
Pickens has been on a campaign of late to convince the American public that fracking is safe. On "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Pickens said he had never heard of a problem with fracking causing water contamination or any other issues. That’s a bold claim for a man who built his wealth in the oil and gas industries.
Perhaps it’s so bold that it incited an invitation to debate from the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. When I caught up with Fox, when he was in Washington, D.C., I asked him about Pickens’ claim.
“I want to debate T. Boone Pickens. I want to debate Aubrey McClendon. I want these guys to come out from behind their desks so I can stop having to talk to Chris Tucker, who is like debating a slug.”
For the record, McClendon is the CEO, chairman and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy. Chris Tucker is the spokesperson for Energy in Depth, the natural gas front group that has been attacking "Gasland" since it came out. Now that Fox is done traveling on the Oscar banquet circuit, he will be able to squeeze these debates into his schedule.
Check out more of Fox's call for serious debate below: