(Starring Michael Mann as Private Ryan)
It’s big news when the world’s most famous Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist and a green film maker demand an apology from another green film maker for making a film and ask him to ban it. This declaration of war within the Green Blob is not available on the internet, except in the form of an unreadable un-copy-and-pastable tweet. As I pointed out in a comment below my previous post, publicising it in this fashion, knowing that few will read it but many will be excited by the very fact that it exists, is the equivalent of waving a Munich agreement – or the Protocols of the Elders of Zion – in front of an excited crowd. Maximum hysteria disguising minimum content.
I copied the first paragraph of the letter, reproduced by Delingpole in this article:
into Google, and the only find on the entire internet was the Delingpole article. In the interest of historical truth and the promotion of the Green Civil War, I transcribe it in full here. It is hilarious.
(Note: what makes me [sic] about the following is the fact that they can’t even write a letter with sentences with verbs in. The lies, burbling repetitions, and sheer clod-hopping stupidity of Michael Mann and his fans are too obvious for comment. But comment anyway.)
Dear activist and scientific community, community members and friends,
It is very difficult to write this letter, because Michael Moore has always been a hero of mine. I’m a first-person documentary maker, I have watched his movies since I was a kid, and they have inspired and delighted me. However, I am compelled to write this letter because his latest film PLANET OF THE HUMANS, which he executive produced and is promoting for Earth Week, is such a blatant affront to science, renewable energy, environmental activism and truth itself.
We are in a planetary crisis – the most important and dangerous emergency that human civilisation has ever faced. The IPCC and thousands of climate scientists have stated over and over that we have less than a decade to begin the rapid and total transformation of our energy system to renewable energy. I cannot describe my disappointment and anger to see a Michael Moore film which is wilfully flying in the face of decades of renewable energy science, planning, and engineering.
The film touts blatantly untrue fossil fuel industry talking points deceitfully misleading its audience on renewable energy, disparages and attacks important climate leaders, ignores science and policy advances in energy, downplays or denounces climate and anti-fossil fuel campaigns and employs specious techniques of misinformation to deliver a deeply cynical and erroneous message. This is a total outrage at this moment when climate action and the leap to renewable energy is more important than ever.
Please see points below and consider signing on to this letter of outrage against this film.
Thank you so much,
Sign on letter:
Dear Michael Moore, Jeff Gibbs, Films for Action and all associated with PLANET OF THE HUMANS,
The new movie Executive Produced and promoted by Michael Moore, directed by Jeff Gibbs and distributed by Films for Action, PLANET OF THE HUMANS is unscientific, flies in the face of decades of renewable energy science, engineering and research and is counter productive in the age of urgent need for Climate Action. Because the film is based in [sic] misinformation and not in truth, we request that the film be retracted by its creators and distributors and an apology rendered for its misleading content.
Planet of the Humans, directed by Jeff Gibbs and Produced by Michael Moore is a shockingly misleading and absurd film that promotes a thesis that is patently untrue on many levels.
1. The film states that renewable energy such as solar and wind are inefficient, useless and dependent on fossil fuels to work. Quote fro [sic] the film “One of the most dangerous things right now is the illusion that alternative technologies, like wind and solar, are somehow different than fossil fuels…. You would have been better off just burning the fossil fuels in the first place., instead of playing pretend.”
This assertion, which is echoed over and over in the film is patently untrue and ridiculous. The notion that solar and wind and other renewable technologies don’t work to produce energy in ways that are cheaper, more efficient and at low or zero carbon emissions over their life span flies in the face of everything engineers, scientists and energy planners have been writing in peer reviewed science for decades.
2.The film trades in debunked fossil fuel industry talking points that are specious and meant to disparage the efficiency, durability and affordability of renewable energy. Quote: “Intermittency is one of the major challenges.” “Solar panels are built to only last 10 years, it’s not as if you get this magic free, energy, right? I don’t know if it’s the solution.” These notions, which are untrue, antiquated and outdated do not pertain to the technology and science of today, in which intermittency and efficiency are no longer issues due to the significant advances that renewable energy, science, planning and technology. [sic] The fact is that RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKS and is currently cheaper than coal and natural gas, other fossil fuel sources. [sic]
3. The film totally ignores the last ten years of peer-reviewed renewable energy planning and policy. Absent from this anti-renewable energy screed are important policy and science innovations such as the 100% renewable energy plans for each state, over 150 countries and the world [sic] from Stanford University, Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy [WT sic-ing F?] and the Solutions Project. Also absent is any mention of the Green New Deal, which is the most important policy advance on green energy of all time. Bear in mind that this work on renewable energy, such as the 100% plans for New York and California are all ready [sic]well under way and are being enacted now with solar and wind energy growing exponentially- all backed up and predicted by science.
Peer reviewed NY 100% plan: [link]
Stanford University plans: [link]
PSE Research: [link]
[The links don’t work of course, because they’re on Twitter, the world’s most profitable chain letter scam, and I can’t be hayhoed to copy them out]
4. The film attacks important environmental campaigners, scientists, policy leaders and activists in unfair and misleading ways. The climate movement, the anti fracking movement, the movement for renewable energy and against fossil fuels has been an important part of the advancement of thinking and policy towards changing our energy system away from coal oil and gas. The film attacks movement leaders like Bill McKibben, Van Jones and others as well as taking pot shots at important local campaigners like Nathan Sooy of Clean Water Action, accusing them of supporting forms of energy that they do not (like biomass) and taking money from fossil fuel interests (which they do not). See the extensive and detailed rebuttal by Bill KcKibben here: [link]
5. The film ignores that the IPCC and other scientific bodies are saying that we must cut our carbon emissions in half in the next ten years and that the only way to feasibly do that is what a total transformation of our energy systems. [sic] These scientists point overwhelmingly towards transformations in our economies in our economies towards renewable energy.
The film is dangerous, misleading and destructive to decades of progress on environmental policy, science and engineering.
We are demanding an apology and an immediate retraction by the films [sic] producers, director and advocates.
Josh Fox Oscar-Nominated Emmy Winning filmmaker
Co-signed by Michael Mann Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn Science, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Headbangers Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 [by Gaia’s sweet tits, can you remember what chapter of some unpaid voluntary report you wrote nineteen years ago?]
plus some other illiterate wankers, including Tommy Sunshine Activist/Musician, Frances Fisher Actor/Activist, Karen Feridun founder of Berks Gas Truth, Tom Dimwoodie of Sun Power, Geoffrey Supran, fallen out of the Orestes nest, I believe, and Amanda Nesheiwat of the UN Foundation for Post Conflict Development.
Stick around, Amanda, the Conflict is Developing…