“No carbon credits were purchased to offset the production of this film.”
That is the opening line of the engaging new documentary, “Climate Hustle,” premiering for one night only on May 2. Directed by Chris Rogers, “Climate Hustle” is the first film by writer-narrator Marc Morano, a small-budgeted global warming picture that is eloquent and viciously clever. The first in a series of climate-related movies produced by the non-profit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), it challenges the global warming narrative that populates the nightly news.
As the movie unfolds, we witness the evolution of the environmental industry, having learned from its past mistakes from the great cooling scare of the 1970s. We also see their unrelenting desire to control you through deception, rigid adherence to their narrative, and Gestapo-like scare tactics. And not by anything our narrator tells us. Morano smartly lets the environmental bullies do the talking, through clips, headlines, ads and promotional videos.
The documentary also interviews climate experts from up and down the political spectrum, and intertwines archival footage of previous scares like Y2K and global cooling. The effervescent narrator gently guides you through a millennia of scientific misdeeds, consensus science, and green zealotry. Morano talks to over a dozen climatologists, a bevy of scientists, meteorologists, a couple of Nobel winners, all the while interspersing archival footage that will shock and infuriate you.
The film includes a canyon full of frightening climate change statements from the world’s biggest media tycoons, supersized politicians, and vaunted personalities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. From rising seas to extreme weather events to melting ice sheets to famine and disease, an all-too-familiar bombardment of alarming newscasts gets compressed into a few minutes. You’ve heard the debate is over, the science is settled, and the time to act is now. But are all those things really true? Are you being hustled?
Divided into seven adept chapters, the film begins with ‘Stacking the Deck,’ and debunks the so-called “97 percent of scientists agree” group-think relied on by politicians and activists. It details how carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have become the latest bogeyman under the jackboot of environmentalism and climate McCarthyism.
While making up only .04 percent of the atmosphere, CO2 is given 100 percent of the blame for things as diverse as “prostitution, barroom brawls, coffee beans, crime, rape, thefts, turbulence, diseases, and even the dead.” As one expert noted, we haven’t been dealing with a scientific issue for at least 15 years, but rather a political one.
In one of the more illustrative, subversive scenes, the film lays waste to Al Gore’s thoroughly debunked movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ Using the fabled scissor lift, Morano replicates that well-known scene that raises Gore up in front of a geological graph that shows an unimaginable temperature increase in the last century. Morano reveals what Al Gore chose not to say: that increased CO2 levels occurred up to 800 years after temperatures increases, not before.
And when the geological graph extends further into time, you see that the Earth is in a CO2 famine, and the mythical hockey stick rise in temperatures of the last 150 years isn’t that unprecedented after all. Morano also shows what climate variables Gore conveniently left out: the sun, volcanic emissions and aerosols, cosmic rays, tilt of Earth’s axis, atmospheric circulation, water vapor, methane from animals and agriculture, clouds, the Albedo effect, forests, land usage, soil, oceans, just to name a few.
The documentary also touches on the global cooling scare of the ’70s, showing mankind’s concern about the coming ice age. While global warmists would have you think the ice age scare of the ’70s was marginal, the film features clips from “In Search Of (1978)”, cover stories from Newsweek, Time, and how it would happen during the lifetime of our grandchildren. Stories from CBS News with Walter Cronkite, ABC News, NBC News, and more illustrate how people have been worrying about the climate for 75 years.
To understand just how much the American people have been duped, the film shows former Senator Timothy Wirth (D) telling PBS how they staged James Hansen’s testimony in 1988, where Hansen stated that global cooling was now global warming. Working with then-Rep. Al Gore, Wirth scheduled the NASA climatologist’s testimony on the hottest day of year, opened the room’s windows the night before, which in turn killed the A/C and made the room brutally hot and muggy. Wirth gleefully retells this story of how Hansen was “wiping his brow” throughout his testimony. Over at NASA, Hansen’s supervisor was embarrassed, but Al Gore was on their team so why kill the golden goose.
Climate models, historical records, gripping headlines, tipping points, vanishing Arctic sea ice, sea levels, and don’t forget the polar bears. And remember that there was little to no Arctic sea ice in the 1930s and early 1940s, and that it only recovered during the most recent period of cooling (ice age scare). “Climate Hustle” explores everything you’ve heard global warming might do with none of the lofty editorializing or doomsday speechifying. While the former VP lectured us on what will happen in a warming world, Morano uses his genial personality and effective talking points to underscore the debate was never over.
The perfect antidote to “An Inconvenient Truth’s” hectoring host, Morano not only challenges the viewer with pesky facts, but he also engages us with historical precedents. At one point in our storied history, Morano shows how bad weather, disease, famine and the Little Ice Age all converged, giving rise to the era of witch trials. In that era, witches were considered the greatest threat facing the planet. And those skeptical of the link between weather and witchcraft were quickly accused of sorcery to squelch any debate.
Morano’s film isn’t as much a message to the skeptical as it is to the growing chorus of people who are beginning to question Big Green and the global warming orthodoxy. As “Climate Hustle” points out, more climate scientists are stepping forward and more people are questioning its underlying tenets. The only complaint you may have is that there is so much information to digest, you may want more viewings.
“Climate Hustle” will be shown for one night on May 2 and tickets can be purchased online. According to Mr. Morano, it was completely funded by the financial support of roughly 1,500 CFACT citizen supporters and can be appreciated by all audiences.
Reviewer’s statement: A copy of “Climate Hustle” was provided for the purpose of this review. In theaters nationwide May 2 for one night, one show.