Talisman Energy Shelves "Friendly Fracosaurus" Coloring Book After Colbert Smackdown

Fri, 2011-07-15 11:29Carol Linnitt
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Talisman Energy Shelves "Friendly Fracosaurus" Coloring Book After Colbert Smackdown

Talisman Terry, the Friendly Fracosaurus, has been officially suspended from his duties as an unconventional gas mascot. The cartoon dinosaur was used to narrate Talisman Energy’s company coloring book which described the dangerous process of unconventional gas extraction as safe, clean and patriotic.

Talisman Energy decided to shelve the promotional material after numerous reports criticized the company for engaging in child-directed propaganda. The coloring book, called “Talisman Terry’s Energy Adventures,” portrays gas drilling processes in simplistic and euphoric terms, giving the impression that these controversial drilling techniques, which are connected to numerous instances of air pollution and water contamination, are environmentally beneficial. The 24-page book features images of drilling sites with smiling wildlife and overarching rainbows.

Talisman Energy has been cited for numerous environmental violations and has one of the worst drilling records in Pennsylvania, a fact the children’s book made no mention of.

The controversial book became national news after it was reported by Stephen Colbert on Monday. “The Colbert Report” created its own Fracosaurus parody, showing Terry depressed and killing himself in a methane explosion after lighting a cigarette in the shower. Similar incidents have occurred across the States when methane contamination of domestic water supplies creates a highly explosive build up in confined spaces, like bathrooms.

Soon after the spoof, Talisman Energy announced on Fox News that they had stopped distributing the material. Company spokesperson Natalie Cox tried to downplay the tide of criticism by saying that “there’s two sides to every story.” The company is “not going to continue to dispute the intent of a children’s coloring book,” she said, adding, “we’re going to take our company’s focus to where it should be.” 

The coloring book has also received some negative response from U.S. Representative Ed Markey, D-Mass. Markey, at a recent Energy and Mineral Resources and Agriculture Joint Subcommittee hearing, referred to Talisman Terry as a “loveable dinosaur” who “playfully promotes the benefits of natural gas and paints a picture of a magical world filled with smiling rocks and grinning animals.” The problem, he says, “is that unless you are a ‘FRACK-A-SAURUS’ named ‘Talisman Terry,’ this world doesn’t exist.” 

Communities suffering the effects of unconventional gas extraction, he continues, suffer “contamination of water supplies, loss of property value, deteriorating health conditions, dead livestock, and destruction of pristine forest and agriculture lands.”

When Talisman spokesperson Cox says the company is prepared to ‘take their focus where it should be’ we can only hope she means to address these concerns for community and environmental health.

Previous Comments

This is probably going to be the greatest victory of Colberts career. Taking a coloring book out of circulation is one of the things that men dream of.

Taking the company focus to where it belongs means the production of plenty of cheap natural gas and leaving the coloring books to someone else.

Indoctrinating kids with propaganda, also referred to as brainwashing, was/is common in totalitarian regimes, usually communist: Soviet Union, East Germany, North Korea etc.

On the right end of the spectrum, the junk-scientific pedophiliacs of the Friends of Science are trying to invade schools.

Froms this history alone, focussing on kids with a topic that is far too complicated for them and also totally irrelevant for a child, is already highly suspicious - and really goofy! Colbert scored an empty netter! while the Talisman goalie was sitting out on drugs.

Now that he’s detroyed the evil Fracasaurus regime, maybe brave Colbert can take on some of the other evil dictators.

Colbert is a comedian and entertainer. He found something funny and ran with it. He mocks stupidity. He was not taking himself seriously. Compare that to Trump who thought one of his great jobs was getting the White House to show Obamas birth certificate. Trump took himself, and the inanity of the birther issue, seriously.

If Colbert gets up and talks about how proud he is that he got a colouring book retracted (and he is serious, not joking), then the above comments are warranted. But since he does not take himself seriously (entertainer, remember), neither should you. Perhaps you should tell Colbert it is his job to expose and destroy evil wherever he finds it. Maybe he will mock that on his next program.

So you see the difference? Both took up trivial silly issues. One of them knew it was trivial and silly. The other one took it seriously. If Colbert had done a Trump, then go get him. Skewer the pompous a**. Otherwise…en-ter-tain-er.

Incidentally, I liked it when Obama later said now that he has settled the birther issue, Trump can now focus on other very important issues such as “did man land on the moon?”.

It’s not about Colbert being silly. It’s about this article taking a silly man seriously.

Well said, Dan.

RickJames, where does this blog post take a silly man seriously? It’s not about a silly man, it’s about a silly oil company propagandizing children until the company realized that intelligent people were mocking the silly propagandists.

Check the headline boys. Colbert is part of the story. Desmog has elevated him from jokester to something more - which he isn’t.

You know if you’re celebrating a fake news guy on a comedy network winning a discontinuation of a coloring book, you’ve won a pretty small victory.

Coloring book was a silly idea to start with. They were probably happy to have an excuse to can it.

But you boys enjoy your small win here.

Go back to your little boys’ table, RickJames. The grownup women and men who read and post here are not impressed by boy-bluster and posturing.

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