Robert Bryce: Stanford Prof. Can’t Muzzle ‘Planet Of The Humans' (Forbes)

Last week, anti-hydrocarbon activist and documentary maker Josh Fox — along with Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, Penn State climatologist Michael Mann, and several others — succeeded in briefly getting Michael Moore’s new documentary, Planet of the Humans, taken off of a website owned by a group called Films for Action. 

Fox’s censorship effort was cheered by Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and journalist who tweeted “cheers to @joshfoxfilm and everyone who worked hard and quickly to make sure this dangerous film was retracted.” The DailyKos dutifully ran a story with the headline “Distributor pulls Michael Moore’s (@MMFlint’s) #PlanetOfTheHumans due to truthiness.” 

But the “dangerous film” didn’t disappear. Planet of the Humans, which was directed and narrated by Jeff Gibbs, was never removed from YouTube. By Thursday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 4.6 million times. Fox’s censorship campaign led Planet of the Humans to post a note on its website saying that it does not “know of, or have any relationship with, an outfit called ‘Films for Action,’” and that any “information disseminated to the contrary is false.”

I have plenty of criticisms of Planet of the Humans. It’s an anti-human film that ignores our need for affordable and reliable energy to survive. It ignores the need for nuclear energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and it completely ignores the scourge of energy poverty. That’s an inexcusable omission given that about one billion people on the planet today have no access to electricity and another two billion or so are only using tiny amounts of juice.

But it’s also apparent that Planet of the Humans is an important film. The fact that Moore — the most successful documentary-film-maker in America as well as its most famous liberal who’s not a politician – would produce a film that attacks wind energy, solar energy, the Sierra Club, Al Gore, David Blood, Bill McKibben, and Vinod Khosla represents a rupture in left-leaning orthodoxy about energy and climate change. For causing so much trouble, Moore and Gibbs are being branded as apostates. To my ear, the outrage coming from Fox, McKibben, and others to Planet of the Humans sound like Greta Thunberg’s now-famous cri de coeur: “How dare you!

But the effort to gag Planet of the Humans reveals something more sinister: the refusal by leading climate activists and academics to have an honest discussion about the limits of renewable energy and why renewables alone cannot save us from climate change or solve the problem of energy poverty. As a friend of mine put it, “The climatocracy can’t tolerate debate or disagreement.” Indeed, the belief that many high-profile climate activists and academics have in renewable energy borders on the cultish. As Gibbs asks at one point in the film, “Could we have a religion that we are unawa................................


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Comment by Kenneth Capron on May 1, 2020 at 7:19pm

Everyone who is trying to expose the truth is under attack.

You know when the alarmists are lying when you suggest a way to ameliorate the impacts of climate and they just go blank and repeat over and over "Wind and Solar - Wind and Solar - Wind and Solar."

They make a big deal out of the piers in Portland Harbor. I say just put a floating barge under each of  them so when the water gets high, rising tides do indeed lift all.

Comment by Penny Gray on May 1, 2020 at 7:08pm

All good comments.  It would be ironic if Covid-19 stopped all of this in it's tracks, the same way it's brought our economy to a screeching halt.  Meanwhile maybe we should send messages of support to someone who's under attack right now for exposing the truth?

Comment by Kenneth Capron on May 1, 2020 at 2:28pm

The damage that climate alarmists have done to the purity of science is a shame. Even in the light of the obvious flaws in alarmist data, they claim success. Whether its Polar Bears one year or Walruses the next, alarmists know that the public follows the light of the TV screen. Alarmists (that consensus group) know all too well just how fake their arguments are. I wonder however if they realize how rich the wind and solar leaders are becoming. It's a laugh to hear alarmists criticize the Koch brothers despite the fact that the Koch brothers pour millions or billions into manufacturing solar and wind.
May The Farce Be With You.

Comment by Willem Post on May 1, 2020 at 2:02pm

When population is inactive, pollution decreases.

It should be obvious, decreasing the world population by about 6.5 billion would greatly reduce pollution, environmental damage.

It would allow fauna and flora to reestablish themselves in areas from which they have been driven; some to extinction 

Comment by Kenneth Capron on May 1, 2020 at 1:46pm

It is humorous to see that Greta's "How Dare You" is getting more use against the alarmist rather than in support of the alarmists. On the flip side, shouldn't we have heard something from Michael Moore by now. He is obviously under pressure. I do hope he will not renege. Are the alarmists trying to come up with a counter-attack?

In my opinion, the sole reason for re-electing Trump is this climate battle. I wish I knew Biden's climate stance. We know Trump's position all too clearly. Based on readings of John Droz's newsletter and Benny Peiser's newsletter, most large countries are pulling back from their climate plans due to the costs of CV19. 

The trillions that America has spent on CV19 should put a dent in the funding for climate change gimmicks. But spending seems to be all about who can print the most money quickest.

Did you see the projections on the side of the HIBB? We should see if they would project "The Planet ..." on their facade too.

Comment by Penny Gray on May 1, 2020 at 1:41pm

Well, maybe the second documentary will be about science based solutions to the climate crisis?


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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