Michael Moore, of all people, released a movie about the downsides of green energy. The film is a rather amazing look into how somebody loses their environmental innocence bit by bit as the realities of industrial scale wind and solar energy hit home. Here’s the film:
The film starts with the usual catechisms of the environmental left, including much virtue signaling on the part of the narrator and a clip from an old Bell telephone kid’s science film where “Global Warming” is mentioned with the usual claim, “They knew back then, the evil capitalists!” Here’s the clip and the whole film.
The interesting thing is that after seeing the leaders of the environmental movement sell out, he still wants to believe. Jeff Gibbs wants an absolute answer to human problems when things are complicated. The fact is that putting sand in the works of human civilization doesn’t solve anything.
The balance of the film is Gibbs showing the viewer various “Green energy” power plants that are hardly green at all. Most of that is very good, but he missed the big plant and all the things surrounding it, the massive wood pellet burning Drax power plant in England. Then he also missed the Power River coal mines and the oil trains to the east coast. We did get some very nice footage of Gibbs being chased out of a biofuel plant in Vermont. Apparently he and his friends can’t understand why the staff at the plant don’t want enviro whackos wandering around the plant with a film crew.
This is typical of these things, all of the “experts” did not have an engineering degree or have a background in energy technologies. We have interesting analysis from anthropologists and socialists and none at all from actual energy experts. But the technology is not the point here in any case. The real story here is how the environmental movement has lied about energy and continues to lie about energy.
The biggest point is that the ideals of the environmental movement have subverted by the realities of the environmental movement. Gibbs bewails the influence of the “billionaires” and the way that the buzzwords have been distorted to agendas that he doesn’t agree with. I think that he is rather disturbed by the constant deception that surrounds green energy plans. He takes us through the fact that solar cells are made from mined quartz refined by the Koch brothers.
In the end the film is another voyage through the Progressive conundrum of want to have their cake and eat it too. The film points to industrial factories and the rest and claims that industrial society is a case of humanity committing suicide, something that Gibbs repeats over and over in the film while showing us the flim flam and the scams that are the environmental movement. You can see that the sense of betrayal and loss of innocence are deep and real.
In the end, the film fails to come to a conclusion, or at least leaves the conclusion to the viewer. The film concludes with a scientist happily saying that fats can be used to make engine fuel and then a clip from a video of animals being dropped into a shredder in a rendering plant. Considering that the film has various intellectual types telling us that the planet is overpopulated and Gibbs saying the same thing repeatedly, we can reach the conclusion about what was really going on. One thing that we all know is that the Progressives love to press the button.