Own Goal: Michael Moore Documentary Tackles Dark Side of Wind & Solar

Renewable energy zealots must hit the panic button when someone from their own team calls the wind and solar ‘industries’ rotten to the core. The hard green-left and so-called “progressives” take as an article of faith that those among them will worship wind and solar until kingdom come. So, when one of their own starts spilling the beans on what is the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time, collective apoplexy soon follows their sense of bewildered betrayal.

The chubby, hot dog munching Michael Moore has made his own small industry in attacking all manner of capitalist endeavours, including the American small arms industry (Bowling for Columbine), its healthcare industry (Sicko) and the entire capitalist system itself (Capitalism: A Love Story).

Now Moore has turned his peculiar brand of conspiratorial cynicism on the climate industrial complex, pointing out that subsidised wind and solar are just another rort being exploited by the same greedy capitalist pigs he’s always hated.

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles ‘dark side’ of alternative energy
Lindsy Bahr
8 August 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his Traverse City Film Festival.

The film, which does not yet have distribution, is a low-budget but piercing examination of what the filmmakers say are the false promises of the environmental movement and why we’re still “addicted” to fossil fuels. Director Jeff Gibbs takes on electric cars, solar panels, windmills, biomass, biofuel, leading environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club, and even figures from Al Gore and Van Jones, who served as Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, to 350.org leader Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist and advocate for grassroots climate change movements.

Gibbs, who produced Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” didn’t set out to take on the environmental movement. He said he wanted to know why things weren’t getting better. But when he started pulling on the thread, he and Moore said they were shocked to find how inextricably entangled alternative energy is with coal and natural gas, since they say everything from wind turbines to electric car charging stations are tethered to the grid, and even how the Koch brothers are tied to solar panel production through their glass production business.

It turned out the wakeup call was about our own side,” Gibbs said in a phone interview. “It was kind of crushing to discover that the things I believed in weren’t real, first of all, and then to discover not only are the solar panels and wind turbines not going to save us … but (also) that there is this whole dark side of the corporate money … It dawned on me that these technologies were just another profit center.”
Both know the film is going to be a “tough pill to swallow.” It was a difficult eye-opener for them as well.

“We all want to feel good about something like the electric car, but in the back of your head somewhere you’ve thought, ‘Yeah but where is the electricity coming from? And it’s like, ‘I don’t want to think about that, I’m glad we have electric cars,'” Moore said. “I’ve passed by the windmill farms, and oh it’s so beautiful to see them going, and don’t tell me that we’ve gone too far now and it isn’t going to save us … Well, my feeling is just hit me with everything. I’m like let’s just deal with it now, all at once.”

It’s part of the reason why they had to make it independently. Gibbs said he tried for years to get an environmental group on board to help offset the costs, only to be turned down at every door. He was further disheartened when, in the film, he approaches people like Jones, McKibben and a local Sierra Club leader, and asks them about their stance on biofuel and biomass. Biomass, like wood and garbage, can be used to produce heat and is considered a renewable source of energy. It can also be converted to gas or liquid biofuels that can be burned for energy.

He finds every one ill-prepared to comment on their stance about the biomass process, which the documentary says requires cutting down enormous numbers of trees to produce the woodchips that are converted into energy. Neither McKibben nor Jones responded to request for comment from The Associated Press.

“I like so many people in the film and I’m one of those people who wanted to believe all of these years that that was the right path,” Moore said. “(But) I refuse to let us die out. I refuse to let this planet die.”

They were even nervous to show it to the festival crowd, where they expected maybe a “50-50 response.” Instead, they got a standing ovation. And there were even members of The Sierra Club there.

“It’s up to people who actually share the same values to sometimes call each other out and bring out the uncomfortable truths,” Gibbs said. “This is not a film by climate change deniers, this is a film by people who really care about the environment.”

Although the findings will be disheartening, both Gibbs and Moore say they hope that it inspires people to reset and start thinking differently.

“Now we can begin to come up with the right solutions that might make a difference … The film doesn’t have the answers but it will get us asking a better set of questions,” Gibbs said. “I really do trust that when millions of people are discussing an issue, answers will emerge … This is what we do as humans, we solve problems, but we’ve got to have the right questions.”

8 thoughts on “Own Goal: Michael Moore Documentary Tackles Dark Side of Wind & Solar

  1. “It’s up to people who actually share the same values to sometimes call each other out and bring out the uncomfortable truths,” Gibbs said. “This is not a film by climate change deniers, this is a film by people who really care about the environment.”

    Where Gibbs implies that those of us who saw these truths years ago, were all climate deniers and/or don’t care about the environment.

    No, Gibbs, it just took you longer to realize what those of us, perhaps better founded in physics and engineering, realized years ago. Welcome to reality.

    “Now we can begin to come up with the right solutions that might make a difference”

    No need. We’ve had the solution for more than 50 years. It’s really not a difficult problem to solve.

  2. Although it’s great to see a prominent liberal wake his followers up about this fake energy scheme Moore seems to continue the fossil fuel based climate doom push which has reached lunatic stages now. The film seems to either push or suggest giving up our current lifestyles and living like cave men. It seems to perpetuate his socialist quest for liberal world domination as is standard for his works, and while he and all his industry friends exploit these climate fears en mass they continue to reap massive profits all based on what they keep attacking as conspiratorial industrialist paths. The very thing he’s still criticizing will fuel his luxury and retirement portfolios all set up by this system that are all based on fossil fuels, as all modern day wealth generation and maintenance methods are 100% dependent on fossil fuels and always will be, thus there is a certain irony in seeing this film emerge as I don’t see him ever living like the Amish or any other culture that does not use fossil fuels at all in their lifestyles.



  3. Michael Moore also wanted to make a citizen’s arrest of Wall St., over the GFC. So he certainly has form.

    Nuclear energy debate has taken a lift in the federal Queensland seat of of Hinkler. The City of Maryborough has industry expansion by Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions factory and associated companies (not that I like NATO or military expansion & they don’t tune for fuel use saving – Hinkler has the highest QLD unemployment rate of aprox. 10.5%; taken advantage of) but the question has been raised if the current electricity supply (ha, ha) is adequate. The Premier apparently seems to think the government owned Ergon Energy is up to the task but Federal MP Llew O’Brien (NLP) and senior business leaders are questioning the grids capacity to supply further expansion and the aging distribution system. Federal MP Keith Pitt and Deputy PM Michael McCormack (both National Party MPs) have pushed for an investigation into nuclear energy.

    It’s game on and it seems the anti side aren’t putting up much of an argument. No-one even protested the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan being in Brisbane with 20 other war ships with 17 being unidentified for propulsion methods. With all the bump and grind during the inter-military training exercise Talisman Sabre, the Great Barrier Reef was under greater threat than from agricultural chemical runoff. QLD being in drought also gives an opportunity to argue for the Bradfield water scheme from the Gulf to the Murray-Darling. Dr JJ Bradfield – Sydney Harbour Bridge & Prof Lance Endersbee – Snowy Mountains Hydro, were the main designers of the 18 water projects around AU that have been gathering dust.

    To control droughts and flooding rains, permanently greening the desert (the future of QLD forestry industries are also under threat) with reliable energy in sufficient quantity is a good argument for going nuclear. And the pro argument has become mainstream media.

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