The gadfly openly mocks those who insist the world is:
- reaching the tipping point
- imperiled thanks to rising CO2 levels
- already cruising toward catastrophe
That makes his feature “Climate Hustle” the most dangerous documentary of the year.
The movie, slated for a one-day only screening nationwide May 2 via Fathom Events, is a full-throated defense of so-called “climate change deniers.”
The documentary won’t change Al Gore’s mind. What could? What it does is gather a rising tide of evidence that those pushing the climate change mantra have more than science in mind. From that perspective, “Hustle” is brutally effective.
Morano is your guide through a multi-chapter takedown of climate conventional wisdom. It opens with a blast of alarmism straight out of a ’70s disaster film. Talking head after talking head describe the doom we face if climate change isn’t addressed now.
It’s a hustle, Morano says, and we see a street hustler dealing out a hand of “Three-Card Monte.” The comic vignette reveals the film’s modest budget and weakest link, cinematically speaking. Those yuk-yuk asides get in the way of the point-by-point rebuttals found elsewhere.
The production values are occasionally crisp, particularly with the interstitials between the film chapters. Morano and a battalion of talking heads make some very solid points in each, backed by both research and common sense.
For example, the film debunks the “97 percent” figure used by Team Gore regarding how many climate scientists agree mankind is directly influencing the weather. We also get a treatise on what the amount of CO2 in the air means from a biological perspective.
Most of all, “Hustle” paints climate science as inordinately complex, citing model after model that gets weather predictions so very, very wrong.
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The film’s most effective moments come when left-of-center experts describe how they abandoned their previous climate change positions. Doing so opened them up to scathing critiques from their colleagues. Some even found themselves unwelcome at gigs they held for some time. It’s another signal that dissent won’t be tolerated in climate change circles.
Classic video snippets bring more than humor to the presentation.
It’s hard not to laugh at Leonard Nimoy, from the cozy confines of his ’70s show “In Search Of…” describing the threat of “global cooling.” Or watching Ted Turner predict mankind’s future struggle for survival will include cannibalism.
On the surface, “Climate Hustle” is unabashedly one-sided. Yet its array of sound bites from climate change practitioners offers a modicum of balance. Or, at the very least, some critical context.
In fact, those clips punch up the narrative better than any of the film’s comic morsels. We haven’t a moment to lose, we’re told. And told again. Heck, we’ve been hearing, “the end is near” for decades. And we’re still hearing it today.
The movie could have used more confrontation, some back-and-forth debates between the two sides. We see Morano trying to challenge a few scientists, but it typically ends with them fleeing the microphones. After all, he’s no stranger to debate.
“Climate Hustle” is breezy and rarely dull. The arguments are often solid, even if some of the data flashing by leaves room for debate. You can imagine Gore’s acolytes punching up their own talking points on their tablets to refute what they’ve just seen.
That’s a healthy response.
What isn’t is what “Climate Hustle” directly targets. The science is settled. Climate change “deniers” are heretics akin to Holocaust deniers. And, to folks like Robert Kennedy, Jr., they should be rotting away in jail.
How positively unscientific.
The media won’t say that. Too many climate change scientists won’t, either. Morano will. And it’s why “Climate Hustle” is just the tonic the global warming debate needs.
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The “science is settled” claim is exemplified by President Obama (on his recent visit to Alaska) pointing out two receding glaciers being caused by warming due to human activity.
There are other glaciers which are expanding, which was not mentioned, and one of the two glaciers, “Exit” has been receding since 1750, so 100 years BEFORE co2 level began rising. (Al;so 100 years before our industrial revolution.) But it gets worse…..
Increasing co2 level is also the reason behind the UN’s IPCC declaration that human activity is the PRINCIPLE cause of global warming. Unfortunately there is not any empirical evidence to justify that claim. What’s more, our current warming (such as it is) began NOT in the mid 1800s (a cherry-picked date), but, by definition, at the bottom of the Little Ice Age,which was in the mid 1600s (Dr. David Evans, Aussie scientist). That’s 200 years BEFORE the industrial revolution, and also 200 years BEFORE co2 began rising.)
Finally, there is no empirical evidence showing that co2 level has EVER had any impact on the global temperature, even over geologic periods when co2 level was several TIMES higher than it is NOW. What’s more the only correlation over geologic periods tracking both up and down trends, shows that temperature increased 800 to 2800 years BEFORE co2 began rising (NOT the reverse, which was apparently a year or more before Al Gore’s book came out.)
The warmist fools must jump ship soon to not sink with it. Avoid total loss of reputation.
If they act now, they can perhaps use the lame excuse that they were fooled by some deceitful villains (Gore? Mann? Hansen? NGOs?).
Planet Earth has spent on the order of 25% of its 4.5 Billion year existence with atmospheric concentrations of CO2 at levels of 4000 parts per million (ppm) or greater – an order of magnitude (10x) greater than current levels of CO2 in our atmosphere – and guess what?… the Planet survived just fine… all by itself!
On an existential scale – Planet Earth is today experiencing near-historic low levels of CO2 in our atmosphere (400 ppm). The argument can be made that there is a greater chance of Planet Earth becoming a frozen and lifeless planet (much like Mars); simply because we are closer to a CO2 deficiency on the planet than we are to an over-abundance of CO2 – a compound that is essential for the survival of all life on Planet Earth.
The unfortunate reality is that plant-life begins to shut-down (die) when CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere drop below 150ppm – whereas today’s commercial growing operations pump upwards of 1600ppm into their Greenhouses to facilitate optimum growing conditions. Take a walk in your favourite forest or woodland and you will at times be exposed to CO2 concentrations at levels close to 600ppm… but no worries!… you’ll be just fine. In fact, Princeton Phd Physicist, Freeman Dyson in an April 2015 interview with The Vancouver Sun explains that Planet Earth has greened-up by close to 20% in the last 50 years “… increasing our tillable land, increasing crop yields and feeding more people…” as a direct result of increased levels of CO2 in our atmosphere. In the interview Dyson states emphatically that: “… in the aggregate, increasing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere are a “net benefit” for our biosphere.”
I find it comically ironic that an entire movement that calls itself “green” has positioned itself as the greatest demonizer of the very compound (CO2) that is responsible for “greening” our Planet in the last 3 generations.
Carbon Dioxide also forms the very base of the food chain in our Oceans!… Huge quantities of CO2 are constantly being emitted and then re-absorbed by our Oceans during the frequent cooling and warming phases that have been a natural process of our global climate for untold millions of years. Carbon Dioxide is also a prime component of the Limestone that forms our Ocean floors – a direct result of the calcified remains of a multitude of species, trillions of shell-fish, crustaceans, mollusks etc. over billions of years now fossilized in the sedimentary layers of our ocean floors. Carbon Dioxide is also soluble in water, and it is here – in our oceans, where huge amounts of CO2 are consumed by vast quantities of algae and plankton (the most abundant form of life in our Oceans). These micro-organisms have a macro effect on the food chain as they feed the small shrimp and krill that sustain the baitfish, who in turn are prey for the larger ocean predators. The fact remains that without CO2, our Oceans would be lifeless – our Atmosphere would be toxic and the Planet would be dead!
From a causative perspective, the United Nation’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has CO2’s relationship to climate exactly backwards!… Increases in CO2 concentrations do not cause warming… they follow warming – increasing levels of CO2 only showing up on the Ice Core records hundreds or even a thousand years later. Series after series of Ice Core samples clearly demonstrate that increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations are trailing indicators of earlier “warming events” – events that occurred upwards of 600-1000 years earlier. The reason for this; is that our Oceans are so vast… they literally take centuries to warm-up and cool down. However, it is this warming process in our Oceans that releases and emits CO2 back into our atmosphere to complete the Carbon Cycle during our warmer interglacials similar to our current Holocene era – which reached it’s maximum warming 8,000 years ago of 2-3 degrees centigrade higher than today.
Mankind with all of his Industry, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Transportation and Land-use needs is responsible for emitting approximately 38 giga-tons of CO2 into our atmosphere per year worldwide. Yes!… that is 38 billion tons… but it is a mere 5% of the 780 giga-ton footprint of CO2 that is emitted “naturally” into our atmosphere every year by our oceans, lakes, deltas, volcanoes, forest fires, dying vegetation, animals of all kinds and the microbes with whom we share the planet.
Why then is CO2 the source of such angst and hysteria from our Academics, bureaucracies and Progressives?… Answer: In today’s world of misinformation, CO2 has been tagged as the prime candidate onto which our Progressive elites can attach a “brand new tax”, to pay for the entitlements that 1st World Nations have promised to their various constituencies. While at the same time, the United Nation’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change has become a hypocritical advocate for limiting the growth potential of 3rd World Nations who are desperate to utilize their own carbon-based energy sources in order to develop their new and emerging economies.
I suppose under the auspices of the United Nations IPCC and alarmists everywhere, we can expect the hype and ramped-up rhetoric to increase following the recent COP-21 Climate Talks in Paris — soon to be augmented by the Progressive Carbon Tax, the Fresh Water Tax, the Sunshine Tax and last but not least, the Oxygen Tax!
If you really advocate for truth in the Climate debate, then arm yourself with the truth!… These video presentations (links) are impeccably sourced and demonstrate the faults and weaknesses of the Global Warming meme, the built-in biases/faults of the current Computer models, and the Political rhetoric and the partisan nature of the Alarmists’ narratives.
Excellent Post – You know the ‘real’ facts about CO2, which is rare these days of propaganda & lies.
Imagine how expensive Climate Hustlers will make carbon fuels to push their solar and wind green-mail agenda, that requires complete dismantling and reconstruction of our energy backbone, in a country with only the 5th fastest internet and that charges 3x the price of the fastest, why, I bet your antecarbonian future utilities costs will top $1500 a month, in a nation of wage slaves where rents are likely to double long before the temperature increases by a single degree C, or the seas rise by even a single centimeter.
Raise your digital hand if you agree this will get a lot of play in the warmist media…..anybody……anybody…. yeah, didn`t think so either. I guess if you know deniers are wrong, you never actually have to listen to anything they say.
The scientific case for AGW collapsed years ago with lack of temperature rise during the time of highest rising CO2…together with lack of worsening weather, drought, hurricanes tornadoes; lack of sea level rise acceleration etc. Basically, all of AGW’s predictions failed.
The biggest flaw in the catastrophic AGW case is whether water vapour acts as a positive feedback to multiply the CO2 warming to some catastrophic value. Observation shows this not to be the case — clouds likely canceling any alleged positive feedback.
But when your scientific case is weak, as in the case of AGW, what you do is say the evidence is “overwhelming”. This is necessary to maintain the world’s biggest ever gravy-train. And is why climate-fear must be promoted by these parasites, these people who mean well, but do bad, due to their lack of grasp of reality.
And what exactly does a film review by a pseudonymous author who clearly lacks any scientific background add to the climate change ‘debate’?
Morano is a paid propagandist for AGW denial groups with both ideological and financial motives in disparaging mainstream scientific research. They follow precisely in the footsteps of the tobacco companies’ campaign to cast doubt on scientific research concluding that tobacco was both addictive and harmful.
I can’t believe I am saying this: Conservatism is today’s counter-culture.