Sometimes, the actual news seems more like an Onion parody. This is a great example.
Radio Disney has withdrawn from a pro-hydraulic fracturing school tour backed by the oil and gas industry.
Al Jazeera America reports that the program, called Rocking in Ohio, visited 26 elementary schools and science centers across the state last month.
The tour, led by three Radio Disney staffers from its Cleveland branch, offered interactive demonstrations on how oil and gas pipelines work. The Ohio and Gas Energy Education Program — which is supported by oil and gas companies — funded the project.
Radio Disney planned to take the tour to other states if the Ohio tour proved successful. However, after being dragged into an unlikely controversy, Disney said they were pulling out of the remaining installments of the Ohio tour, according to an email statement sent to Al Jazeera.
It's good to hear that Disney's backing out (albeit only under pressure to do so), but what's most ridiculous is that this was even allowed to happen in the first place. On the other hand, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised about this, given that Disney's Epcot Center has a pavilion called "Universe of Energy," which was sponsored from 1982 through 2004 by ExxonMobil, and which included pro-fossil-fuel propaganda like this comic book aimed at kids. In other words, Disney has a long tradition of marketing the wonders of fossil fuels to kids. See below for examples of how they do that.