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Planet of the humans – documentary

Directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, this 100-minute feature film argues that humanity is heading for disaster and that green energy won’t save us – because every ‘green’ solution proposed to date turns out to carry a huge and (by us) unsuspected environmental cost. In effect, it’s the Law of Unintended Consequences biting us in the neck. Gibbs concentrates much of his ire on biomass as a supposedly environmentally friendly fuel (it consists mostly of chewed-up forests), but also turns his attention to ethanol and wind farms as the folly of electrical cars which draw power from an electricity grid run on coal or on fracking-produced natural gas.

The film is terrifying and hilarious by turns, since human greed and lies are often both. Gibbs offers a great cameo of one J. Peter Lark, of the Lansing (Michigan) Board of Water & Light, unwittingly letting the cat out of the bag about just how the wonderful new electric cars built by GM are powered: “It would be charging off our grid, which is about 95% coal. To suggest that all of the power used for these cars will be generated from wind and solar in the very near future would not be correct. In fact, these we’ll be charging up at night, so there wouldn’t be any solar at that time, so we’re down to wind – and very often at night the wind does fall off, so…” [shrugs].

What it comes down to in the end is the stark fact that what humanity has to accept (and refuses to accept) is that that there will be no green panacea in our future, and that what we need to start doing as of now is to massively reduce our global energy consumption – most of which is anyway wasted. But that of course would require a move away from consumer-based economics. Good luck with that.

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