Climate Hustle Heats Up The Debate On Global Warming…Or Global Cooling…Or Climate Change

Everyone is religious…especially people who aren’t religious.

This is something I’ve felt for a long time, as you see the obsession some people develop around their hobbies or interests that can only be described as “worshipful.” And walking out of Climate Hustle earlier this week, I had my (ahem) faith in that maxim confirmed.

Climate Hustle, a documentary hosted by journalist Marc Morano, seeks to debunk the widespread phenomenon of climate change science, criticizes the media frenzy around it, and profiles the history of climate scares (some going back centuries). 

It had a one-night only national airing on Monday, May 2. I hadn’t even heard of the film until Bill Nye “the Science Guy” told us all not to see it … meaning of course I had to see it. (The showing I went to in Northern Virginia was sold out.)

Particularly damning are the video and news articles about the revolving door of climate fears. Morano confronts one climate scientist who at various times predicted that climate change would mean both the end of winter … and endless winter. The film spends a good amount of time on the subject of global cooling (the 1970s environmental boogeyman that many environmentalists, in my experience, refuse to acknowledge). 

Thank goodness that coming Ice Age never happened!

Media sensationalism

There’s discussion on the difference between the terms “global warming” and “climate change” – though not enough for my taste – with increasingly vaguer terms becoming more popular because you can attribute more phenomena to them. (My new favorite is “global weirding.”)

Climate Hustle discusses (and demonstrates) the need for media sensationalism in advancing a story like this. The news is a lot more interesting if you report about super hurricanes and biblical tidal waves and climate-change induced prostitution (not making that one up), all while beating the drum that we’re running out of time!

There’s an especially funny sequence where Prince Charles talks about a ticking clock of how much time we have before it’s too late. The filmmakers compare it to doomsday prophesies about Y2K and the Mayan Calendar. That media-induced sensationalism feeds expensive research grants, manipulates donors, and creates a cult of hysteria for people to believe in who might not otherwise believe in a supernatural eschatology.  

The Church of Climate Change, Orthodox

The filmmakers also discuss the religion surrounding climate, with climate scientists using dogma to enforce obedience. (Morano remarks at one point that at one point most scientists believed in phrenology, a pseudoscience used to justify racism.) There is a great interview with Patrick Moore, one of the cofounders of Greenpeace, who criticizes the modern environmental movement for putting so much emphasis on the Earth that they devalue on human life.

In profiling key environmentalists who once rang the climate alarm and have since “converted to skepticism,” he interviews Judith Curry (head of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology), who was labeled a “heretic” for changing her views on the climate.

Thank goodness they didn’t burn her at the stake … it would have contributed to global warming! (OR maybe weirding.)

Final Thoughts …

Now I have to be honest … the film is not particularly well made. You can tell the filmmakers don’t have access to the resources and talent that they would if they made a pro-climate change movie. But it’s still absolutely worth a watch.

My hope is that that this film will get some money from folks at Fox News who can turn it into something more presentable. But they’ve got to hurry because … we’re running out of time!