German Review Of Moore Film: “About Selling Out Green Ideas”…Sustainability – In The Cayman Islands”

“Whenever I came across green energy, it wasn’t green energy”

By Die kalte Sonne
(Text translated by P. Gosselin)

American documentary filmmaker Michael Moore presents on YouTube a film that critically examines renewable energies in the USA. All the more astonishing is his relentless portrayal of the situation in the USA regarding these energies.

The Oscar winner presents a work directed by Jeff Gibbs “Planet Of The Humans“.

Greens tangled in contradiction

Similarly ruthless as other Moore films, it is enlightened, even exaggerated, but first and foremost proponents and critics of renewable energies speak out. Especially supporters contradicted each other, sometimes rather unwittingly as the intention of the documentary film was not clear to them. But nobody was ambushed, the questions were always asked fairly. What is striking is the speechlessness of some when it came to unpleasant issues or the financing of certain movements.

The film is about the sell out green ideas, and this happens in the USA in a variety of ways. To be clear, the film criticizes any kind of pollution, and it starts by digging out a 1958 film that warns of global warming caused by CO2: “The Unchained Goddess”.

Director Gibbs also makes his position very clear at the beginning. In Germany he is what you would probably call an environmental fundamentalist, with a self-built wooden house in the wilderness, solar panel on the roof and self-chopped wood as fuel in the wood stove. His first documentaries also deal with the mistreatment of nature.

Fossil fuels always in the background, out of sight

Gibbs had his awakening at a solar festival in Vermont. At a kind of hippie festival everything was powered by solar panels, or so he thought. But when a rain came up and Gibbs suddenly noticed nervousness among the organizers, he asked about it. He discovered there were diesel generators to provide the necessary power and that the panels at the festival were more of a decoration.

The film then describes the rise of green energy with the inauguration of Barack Obama. Investors like Richard Branson or Vinod Koshla entered this market with billions, as did investment banks. Again and again there are times that remind us of the diesel generator moment in Vermont, for example, when GM introduced its Volt electric vehicle. But when asked, it becomes clear that  the charging station is 95% powered by coal.

And Gibbs lets engineers have their say, describing exactly what also counts in Europe: renewable energies need backups in the absence of storage. In the USA, natural gas is often used for this purpose when it comes to new power plants, because they can cope better with ramp-ups and slow-downs than nuclear or coal-fired power plants.

Fraudulent claims?

Throughout the film there are time and again astonishing discoveries like the one at the Ivanpah Solar Park in the Mojave Desert in California, where natural gas has to be used to preheat the plant for hours every morning before it can even start up.

Very nice are also statements, like the one from Elon Musk, claiming a battery factory can supply itself off grid with electricity and heat:

Screenshot from Planet of the Humans

But why the described factory needs its own transformer station remains a mystery. This phenomenon is also common at other companies such as Apple or Google, which are all connected to the power grid that also offers electricity from fossil fuels. Appearances count.

Koch brothers 

The documentary also takes a look behind the scenes and looks at the business of the heavily wealthy Koch brothers. Anyone in the USA who is opposed to solar energy systems like Ivanpah is often accused of being a lobbyist for the Koch brothers, even though they are the ones who are making big money from green technologies. Gibbs shows some of the Koch companies that are doing good business.

Green project leaves town run down

In Daggett, California, the first solar park in the USA was built. But a visit to the town leaves Gibbs in shock. The place is run-down, and sand now blows where solar modules used to stand because the ground has no plants to hold the sand down. The soil is barren.

The increasing consumption of resources and the issue of the earth’s overpopulation are other topics in the film, as is biomass, which in the USA means burning wood in power plants. Environmental groups even praise it because they call it climate neutral, which is by no means the case.

It is harmful because CO2 is produced and CO2 storage is lost. An example shows that such plants can burn shredded car tyres or toxic railroad ties.

The documentary also introduces, comparable to Fridays For Future (FFF) in Europe. Students in Michigan who are involved with managed to get the university to stop using coal for heating. Now biomass is used, which means wood is burned.

Sierra Club merges with crony capitalism

This is followed by a look at the links to various US movements like the Sierra Club. Gibbs finds another interesting document from 2004, two years before the Gore movie “An Inconvenient Truth” when Gore founded the company Generation Investment Management with his partner David Blood (note the pun Blood and Gore). The aim was to promote biofuels and biomass, which, as I said, means burning trees in the USA.

And anyone who invested in forests in 2004 should benefit from the countless wood-fired power plants that have since been built in the USA. Gore and his company are among them.

Gibbs asks the question: Was this a film about climate change or about something completely different? The environmental movement has been taken over by capitalists, Gibbs concludes.

People want to hear lies

At the end, something comes full circle when Gibbs makes the same discovery at an Earth Day festival as he did previously in Vermont at the Solar Festival. Earth Day founder Denis Hayes explains to an enthusiastic crowd that the festival is powered entirely by solar energy. Several panels have been set up for this. But a technician behind the stage explains the power would only be enough for a toaster – the needed electricity is supplied by diesel generators. People want to be lied to.

Even Cayman Islands are part of Gore’s Green Movement

It is also worth watching the credits. It has more information about a new sustainability fund from Gore and Blood, on the Cayman Islands. Sustainability at Blood and Gore obviously does not mean paying taxes.

Image cropped from Planet of the Humans

15 responses to “German Review Of Moore Film: “About Selling Out Green Ideas”…Sustainability – In The Cayman Islands””

  1. Kurt in Switzerland


    1. Tom Anderson

      Could have been a fine subject for Twain or Voltaire if they were around. And if people were still literate.

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  4. RoHa

    That the Global Warming scam has been a money-making scheme for crony capitalists should not be a surprise to anyone.

    The whole issue was pushed into international politics by Margaret Thatcher. She jumped on the idea as a weapon to use against the British coal miners.

    1. mikewaite

      No she did not.
      The issue of coal miners had been settled long beforehand, when she faced down Scargill and his ridiculous 1984 strike ( which was not supported by all midland miners by the way). She had prepared for the possibility of a repeat of the strikes which destroyed Heath’s 1970 Govt by flooding the power stations with coal. Gas had already made inroads into the power supply by then anyway .
      Mines were being closed by previous labour Govts long before Mrs Thatcher took power.
      Those of us with a memory can recall that in the 50s and 60s, going down the pit was something that no sensible parent in the Midlands or North of England wanted for their children. There were plays on the radio and in theatres with titles like : “Close the coalhouse door Ma there’s blood inside” . The Aberfan tragedy also killed a lot of nostalgic sympathy for coal mining and its residue of scrapheaps.
      What motivated Mrs Thatcher to promote the AGW theme (later retracted to some extent) was a report by Nicholas Stern on the economic consequnces of ignoring global warming – but did he have ulterior motives?

      1. RoHa


        I based my version on this:

        But even if the NUM was not the motive, the fact remains that it was Thatcher who pushed the idea into international politics.

        No-one in the real world cared about Al Gore, but they did listen to her.

        After the damage was done, she changed her mind.

  5. toorightmate

    Moore’s effort was too close to the bone.
    It has been “eliminated”.

  6. mwhite
  7. drumphish

    106,000 unemployed wind industry workers is good news. Paying them to not work will pay. Stay at home orders provide great benefit.

    Coal is biomass older than the hills. Stored solar energy in a solid form, can’t be all bad. Besides, there are trace elements in coal ash like uranium.

    Nobody ever said living is easy, it’s not. Well, summer is going to arrive and the music will begin again somehow.

    Are we there yet?

    “The 24th of June. The French and the Clubbists, seeing that the affair was becoming serious, and in order to stop the rapid diminution of their supplies, decided on a pitiless expulsion of all the old and sick men, with the women and children, and sent them to Cassel, from whence they were just as pitilessly driven away again. The agony of the unarmed and abandoned wretches, tossed about between internal and external foes, was indescribable.”

    —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Campaign in France in the Year 1792

    I Had Nowhere To Go

    At the end of WWII, there were 8,000,000 ‘displaced persons’, homeless, nowhere to go. You live in fear. No longer the fool on the roof.

    Covid is doing something similar. 22 million unemployed in the US alone with no place to go will be making some folks nervous.

    July 4th will be interesting, got to open it up before July 4th for crying out loud. The gov will begin to fear the masses sooner than later. There will be no choice. lol

    Elites are scrambling to get to their bunkers in New Zealand. They are displaced.

    Fear moves some to act, go to survival mode.

    We’re there now.

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