Sunday, May 1, 2016

Climate Hustle

The movie “Climate Hustle” argues that climate change catastrophe scenarios are part of an “overheated environmental con job” aimed at creating hysteria to drive public support for bigger government and ever-increasing regulation. The movie’s full name is: “Climate Hustle: Are They Trying to Control the Climate … Or You?”

Climate change catastrophe scenarios are produced by Hollywood film studios to make money.  The films do not meet basic scientific standards for communicating why weather and climate change over time.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

There is no conspiracy as part of an “overheated environmental con job” aimed at creating hysteria.  There are vampire movies, horror movies and extreme violence in movies that could be described as a con job aimed at creating hysteria.  The climate change catastrophe movies are designed to make money not create hysteria.

IPCC assessments provide a scientific basis for governments at all levels to develop climate- related policies, and they underlie negotiations at the UN Climate Conference – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The assessments are policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive: they may present projections of future climate change based on different scenarios and the risks that climate change poses and discuss the implications of response options, but they do not tell policymakers what actions to take.

For decades, conservatives have claimed that progressive policies drive public support for bigger government and ever-increasing regulation.  Now they claim climate change policies are doing the same thing.  Under Republican Presidents and Republican control of Congress, government debt has increased, government spending has increased, and more government regulations have been passed. In fact Republican legislation has improved the life for the top 1 percent of highest income and wealth in America while the number of people in the middle class have seen their incomes and wealth decrease.

Solar energy creates twice as many jobs as fossil fuel based energy sources.  Wind energy creates three times as many jobs as fossil fuel based energy sources.  Having fixed mindset limits citizens and politicians to only consider what has worked in the past.  A flexible mindset encourages innovation, learning, creating new jobs, improving healthy outcomes for millions of people.

The subtitle for the movie “Climate Hustle” reads: “Are They Trying to Control the Climate … Or You?” The subtitle implies that someone is trying to take away people’s individual rights or freedoms.  When in fact just the opposite is true.  Progressive climate change policies support individuals owning their electrical production using solar panels installed on their roof.  They might still be connected to the grid but they are no longer at the mercy of increasing electric rates.

Farmers are signing up for wind turbines on their property for the increased income so that they can continue to live on the farm and pass their land on to the next generation of farmers.  They are harvesting wind energy and selling to utilities.
"Climate Hustle" is propaganda.