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Greedy Lying Bastards - Now In Theaters

Posted on 9 March 2013 by dana1981

Greedy Lying Bastards is a new climate documentary, now in theaters. 

Hurricane Sandy. Wildfires in the West. "Brown-Outs" in the East. Farmers losing crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be no political action to thwart the warming of our planet. This documentary investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to prominent Senators and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening U.S. democracy.

The Greedy Lying Bastards website also features blog posts by climate scientists including Kevin Trenberth and Michael Mann.

Check local listings to find the film in a theater near you, or check the Greedy Lying Bastards theater list.

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  1. These are of course the people who have a direct interest in lying. What about journalists. columnists and commenators who lie purely because of ideology? It's not only Fox and the lesser elements of the print media. WSJ and Economist to varying degrees embrace lunacy (the latter used to call Lomborg a "statistician" when he's actually a failed political science academic who once taught stats to social science students; not a serious fib you'd think, but it allowed them to represent him as a "scientist").

    And what about this gem in Forbes, which is flat out lies?

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  2. philipm:

    The Economist has generally changed their attitude about climate change issues in the last few years; the WSJ, not so much.

    Forbes alternates between sanity and insanity.

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  3. Know your enemy. The media today is desperate for advertising revenue and it would seem to be that those who advertise with them prefer not to tackle the problem of climate change.

    Until such time as the media face a sanction for failing to respect the science of climate change it is a no brainer for them to carry on as they are. That is the market system in all its glory.

    I cannot see the situation changing until we get another record-breaking year and even then it has to affect the developed world most. How daft a species we are. 

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  4. Don't know how widely it was released, but it didn't make it on the top 43 (if i counted right) list.
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  5. philipm, actually James Taylor is paid to lie.  He works for Heartland.  He is much less a journalist than a spin doctor or "opinion-maker."  His most recent work with the Alberta survey is an exercise in breaking accountability over his knee and throwing it in the faces of his readers while smirking in the general direction of science. 

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  6. There also is a film "Climate of Doubt" from Frontline:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/climate-of-doubt

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  7. This "gem" piece from James Taylor pointed by philipm is very revealing. It suffice to read the very first reader's comment:

    The survey the author cites isn’t “scientists” as stated in the title of the op-ed, it is a survey of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. That’s like surveying tobacco company CEO’s about the dangers of smoking. It would be a reasonable piece about the opinion of petroleum engineers in Alberta if that was made clear, instead that was hidden. I wonder why?

    My answer to this question is: because it's a professional lie. It cannot be a "mistake" that an experienced journalist like James Taylor, confuses those two categories of professionals. And as DSL revealed that James Taylor works for Heartland, that explains it all: he's a professional liar. One more person on my black list.

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  8. Interesting to note that Anthony Watts' response was essentially "it's a fake because they photoshopped the oil slick on the cover".  He could as well have gone with "it's a fake because they photoshopped a guy floating on the ocean in an arm chair".

     

    This is the (ground-) level of thinking of which Watts is only capable.

     

    Apparently it would be more believable in Watts' opinion if the producers has prepared a real oil slick for the publicity photo (would a photoshopped guy floating in a chair then escape notice?).  Of course, had it been a real oil slick Watts was all oiled up to rant about the environmental damage thus caused...

     

    On a more interesting note (for me), is there any indication when the documentary will be released in Australia?

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