Sincerely Screwed

This comic is based on something I read on Daily Kos about the Longmont fracking ban ruling. The phrase “sincerely held beliefs” caught my eye, since that’s been in the news a lot lately, thanks to the Hobby Lobby ruling. While the judge in the fracking case cited a conflict between the local ban and state law and opened the door to further appeals, it seems like Longmont’s concerns about the health effects of fracking go beyond mere “beliefs.” You’d think such concerns might be accorded more gravitas than Hobby Lobby’s pre-Enlightenment worldview, if a corporate charter can indeed be said to have a cosmology. It is frightening how little power communities seem to have to decide very basic public safety issues when they come up against energy interests.

On an unrelated note, Hobby Lobby really needs a better logo. The Lord hath created an abundance of attractive fonts. Go forth and use one!


  • Susan Montgomery


  • LarryRow

    Three toons in a row without Jen’s sagacious commentary added beneath. I miss it!

    • Jen Sorensen

      I’ve been kinda busy lately, but there will be commentary on this one, thanks!

  • Taco43

    If fracking is good for the environment, why did the industry hire Hill and Knowlton Strategies, the same PR firm who told you tobacco doesn’t cause cancer? (Hill and Knowlton Strategies is a global public relations company, headquartered in New York City, with 90 offices in 52 countries).

    In 1953, members of the tobacco industry hired the firm to help counteract findings that suggested cigarette smoking led to lung cancer. As a result, a statement was released to nearly every major newspaper and magazine, which suggested that cigarettes had no verifiable links to cancer. The tobacco industry remained a Hill & Knowlton client until 1968.

    In 2009, members of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), a lobbying organization for the gas industry, spread $80 million in funds across several agencies that included Hill & Knowlton to try to influence decisions on the process of gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. Similar to the strategy it employed for the pro-cigarette campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, the company seeks to raise doubt in the public’s mind about the dangers of fracking.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.