In 2008 there was political consensus that climate change was one of the most pressing issues facing the world. Now, politicians are refusing to do anything about it. This Frontline documentary looks at why.
Between 2002 and 2010, conservative billionaires donated nearly $120 million to more than 100 anti-climate change groups that cast doubt on the science behind climate change. Large corporations have also contribute - eg. ExxonMobil. Some of the doubters do because of their opposition to increased government involvement, some are true skeptics, but most are motivated by economic reasons - either fear that action to reign in climate change will severely harm the economy, or simply fear that doing such will hurt their own economic interests.
One of the few credible scientists (97% support) opposing climate change concerns is Fred Singer - he not only argues there is no evidence that global warming is attributable to human activity, but that humanity would benefit if temperatures do rise. Other Singer positions include questioning the link between UV-B and melanoma rates, between CFCs and stratospheric ozone loss, and the link between second-hand smoke and lung cancer.
Republican Bob Inglis's 4:1 loss in a South Carolina primary is blamed on his saying that climate change is real and we needed to do something about it. Senator Kerry and others see that as chilling political action.
"In the last [American] election, few seemed to doubt that climate change was real. But since then, a successful campaign has been waged to introduce doubt about the science...How did [this] happen and who's behind it?"
The above is said by the narrator at the beginning of this very interesting documentary. This documentary was first shown on television on October 23, 2012 as part of the "Frontline" series of television documentaries. (Frontline, a public affairs television program, has received numerous awards for its outstanding work.)
This film presents how the sceptics of climate change (or "global warming") and those who want everything to stay as it is (like Exxon Mobil) are fighting the scientific warnings with regard to climate change.
This documentary shows archival footage and provides brief comments from both sceptics (mainly non-scientists) and non-sceptics (like climate scientists).
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In conclusion, this is a riveting documentary that explains how sceptics of climate change are attempting to silence the non-sceptics. I leave you with some of the facts found in the film:
(1) High temperature records are continuously being broken. (2) Climate change is coming: it means drought, fire, and suffering. (3) The entire climate is changing--it's affecting our energy, our water, our agriculture, and our health. (4) Record-setting droughts are occurring. (5) The amount of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean in 2012 was at a record low.
The nice thing about people who say high CO2 levels are not a problem is that both physics and astronomy disprove them: the planet Venus has a runaway greenhouse effect and the cause is obvious, a nearly complete CO2 atmosphere. So, one could debate the results of burning all conventional and non-conventional fossil fuels, and the heat from a 10,000 ppm CO2 or one percent (1%) CO2 atmosphere. But that is only part of the equation. Fossil fuel CO2 may induce a far larger release of permafrost and ocean based methane, and take CO2 to a mammal and animal threatening 5% CO2. Losing control of CO2 is not an option. Humanity can't move towards a unbreathable atmosphere and the Venus Syndrome; as James Lovelock says we need to move away from it, towards periodic ice ages, larger polar ice caps, and 280 ppm, in which Earth protects itself from a gradually more radiants Sun -- one which is in fact measurable more radiant, in effect hotter, than when CO2 levels were higher and fossil fuels formed several hundred million years ago.