Always Controversial

Closing Thought–29Apr20

Filmmaker Michael Moore seems to always be in the middle of some controversy or another……usually from the Right….but his new film has Green Power activists upset…..the Left is upset….WTF?

Michael Moore is used to taking all kinds of criticism over his films. His new one, however, offers a twist on that. Many environmentalists and other usual Moore supporters on the left are outraged over the documentary Planet of the Humans, while conservative sites, including Breitbart, are singing its praises. Coverage:

  • The film: You can watch it on YouTube. Moore is an executive producer, while Jeff Gibbs, who has collaborated with Moore frequently, is the director and narrator.
  • The premise: The film aims to call out hypocrisy in the green movement, particularly in regard to solar energy, electric cars, and big environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, per Gizmodo. It casts “renewables as no better than fossil fuels and environmental groups as sleek corporate outfits in bed with billionaires helping kill the planet,” writes Brian Kahn. The film argues that population control is perhaps the best answer to the planet’s problems, though Kahn complains that interviews conducted to buttress this point have “more than a whiff of eugenics and ecofascism.”
  • The criticism: Fellow documentary maker Josh Fox (Gasland) is leading the charge against the movie with a petition that is gaining steam. His letter calls the film “shockingly misleading” and says it “touts blatantly untrue fossil fuel industry talking points,” reports the Guardian.
  • Briefly pulled: One of the movie’s distributors, Films for Action, took down the film temporarily after declaring it was “full of misinformation.” However, the company later rescinded the move, saying it didn’t want claims of censorship to give the movie “more power and mystique than it deserves.”
  • Detailed critique: At Vox, UC Santa Barbara assistant professor Leah C. Stokes provides a detailed takedown of the movie. Among other things, she says it uses old data on electric cars and wind and solar energy, adding that “the largest share of the movie’s scorn goes to biomass—generally, burning wood—which supplied less than 2% of the US electricity mix last year.” The filmmakers, though, “obscure that fact, showing graphs that imply biomass is leading to forest destruction across the US.” The movie inexplicably goes after green groups instead of fossil fuel companies or utilities, she writes, and her essay’s headline calls the film a “gift to big oil.”
  • Al Gore a target: The film goes after green heavyweights, including Bill McKibben, co-founder of, who has fired back with a defense. It also lays into Al Gore, suggesting that his famous An Inconvenient Truth documentary might have been timed to help Gore’s green investments.
  • Moore’s take: Promo material for the film calls attention to the coronavirus pandemic. “This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids,” reads a promo cited by Real Clear Politics. “It’s too little, too late.” The promo adds that “getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption” is “the only thing that MIGHT save us.”

Has Moore gone over to the Radical Right?

Moore gets raked over the coals…..

All this PR can only be good for the profits of the film….I know I am a cynic….but questions need answers.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

12 thoughts on “Always Controversial

  1. Not his work but under his trademark. Population control is too often the hiding place for elitists and code for those who want control over non-whites.

  2. I have not seen the film, but I have my own reservations about Green conglomerates, charities, and car-makers. Electric/Petrol hybrid cars need various products like cobalt and aluminium, as well as those ‘rare earth minerals’ we hear so much about. Plug-in cars need electricity, and that has to be generated. It is currently not viable to generate enough electricity using ‘green options’ to replace all the conventional cars, let alone power huge cities or industrial complexes at the same time.

    Solar power is not really effective in much of the northern hemisphere, and wind and wave power need massiive investment on an unprecedented scale to even approach 25% of the requirements in western society. The harsh reality is that nuclear power stations are the only option for industrialised nations, like it or not.

    Meanwhile, Green corporations and some Green charities are making huge sums of money from government subsidies and investments, whilst at the same time promoting a vision of a pollution-free future that is currently impossible to achieve.

    And aviation/air travel is acknowledged to be one of the biggest contributors to pollution, yet nobody is currently capable of producing an electric-powered aircraft capable of commercial use. It’s all a ‘lovely idea’, until you wake up and realise you are living in the real world.

    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. Left-wingers (like me) sometimes jump on a ’cause’ bandwagon like Green energy without looking into the details. I always look into the details. 🙂

      2. Thanks for the link. Once they noticed the growing market, it was inevitable that capitalist countires would seek to exploit it. Fields full of solar panels, and pushing the sales of electric vehicles to force up the price of cobalt, etc. It’s all just another ‘income source’.

  3. The controversy almost makes me want to actually watch the film. I haven’t actually watched one of his movies since Sicko.

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