Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Video of the Week: Panorama - Climate chaos; Bush's climate of fear

This weeks video of the week is one for those of you who live outside the UK.

As part of the BBC's 'Climate Chaos' series Panorama--the UK's premier news documentary show--has investigated what has been described as the Republican War on Science and what is more accurately called the most destructive campaign of mis-information that the American people have ever been exposed to.

I`m not saying everyone in the US believed the propaganda I`m just saying that many did, and many more where caused to doubt the science.The whole debate was successfully shifted from 'what can we do' to 'should we do something' of if you watch Fox News to 'are we sure this climate change thing isn't just some plot being concocted by anti American environmentalists and liberals'.

If you are interested in the real reason that there isn't progress on reducing emissions in the US then watch this. Here is a clue, it is nothing to do with science and a lot to do with who stands to loose out and how well they are connected or actually part of the Bush administration. The BBC website for this program is here.

Thanks to Oisin from for this link.

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At 11:18 PM, Anonymous ecostudent said...

I am so disgusted by the way the Bush administration is politicizing science. They are firing or muzzling real scientists and replacing them with political hacks and Christian zealots. I fear for the future, because I believe we have passed the tipping point on climate and whatever we do now will be too little, too late.

Enjoy civilization while you can!

At 2:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This video is so slanted, it disgusts me. I fail to understand the solutions that green advocates want to implement to address global warming. Finding problems is easy. Solutions are much harder.

I am an expert in power plant construction, permitting, and emissions. I can tell you that there is no viable alternative to significant greenhouse gas emissions unless people want to either 1) live a far less energy intensive lifestyle, 2) pay far higher energy bills, or 3) start a massive campaign of nuclear power plant construction (costing trillions), or 4) some combination of the above.

People need to look in the mirror to see who is really responsible for global warming. President Bush isn't mandating that Americans drive 50 miles to work each way in an SUV so that they can afford their McMansions in the suburbs. I could just as easily create a documentary that makes the Amercian consumer, which probably includes most bloggers on this website, look like they are the primary architects of the global warming issue.

Is your real agenda to bash Bush, or is it to solve the global warming issue.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Mr/Mrs Anonymous (who should be brave enough to show their face) has a point regarding the 'looking in the mirror' issue. Most of us in the 'West' will have to change our consumption levels/choices/habits. We either do that voluntarially or be forced eventually one way or another to change our ways. And there's no use hoping that technology is going to provide all the answers! ( running on water).


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