Pay no attention to the Koch behind the curtain
Greedy Lying Bastards is a new documentary released to theaters this past week that reveals the intentional, corporate-funded deception campaign that has shaped our conversation about climate change in profound and dangerous ways. While it’s long been known that the fossil fuel industry — “Big Oil” — has been throwing up a smokescreen (pardon the pun) to confuse the debate over the existence of human-caused climate change, Greedy Lying Bastards picks up where Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth left off to show us just how deliberate and well-funded this effort has been.
The film has already won numerous awards including the 2012 Burbank Film Festival, the Eco-Award at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2012 United Nations Film Festival, 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival and 2012 Costa Rica International Film Festival. Here’s a clip:
Here’s what the folks that made the film wrote to me about it:
[Greedy Lying Bastards] has been described as “more impacting than any documentary highlighting environmental destruction.”
With the help of an award-winning team, Director Craig Rosebraugh lays bare the reasoning behind the continued confusion over the climate warming issue and why there has been no political action to address this crisis.
It has already won the best feature documentary award at the 2012 Burbank Film Festival, the Eco-Award at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2012 United Nations Film Festival, 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival and 2012 Costa Rica International Film Festival.
Greedy Lying Bastards will be opening in theaters in thirty U.S. cities beginning on March 8, 2013. It has already generated a bunch of media buzz with executive producer Daryl Hannah giving interviews to several outlets including CNN, Current TV, and Fox News.
The documentary is visually beautiful as it alternates images of the severe impacts of our changing climate with interviews with scientists and testimony by the paid shills that are perpetuating the modern myths fossil fuel tycoons are spinning. Here’s a particularly comical bit from the fake “Lord” Christopher Monckton (Monckton is actually the third Viscount of Benchley and not a member of the House of Lords):
The only scientists who are capable of coming to a conclusion as barking mad as that are computer modelers. These are typically zitty teenagers, sitting in dark rooms with a can of Coca-Cola and too many donuts and playing on their X-Box 360s and they are making predictions about the climate.
This is a stunningly insulting characterization of the climate scientists who are fighting this well-funded propaganda storm. These brilliant men and women, the researchers who are trying to warn us and sound the claxon for action, deserve better than this.
Kert Davies, Research Director for Greenpeace, gave a glowing review of Greedy Lying Bastards:
The long legacy of denial and deception by the legion of fossil doom will never be erased. They know who they are. We know exactly who they are. And we know exactly they have done… Greedy Lying Bastards is the most complete telling of this story to date.
Check out Greedy Lying Bastards. I think that, like me, you’ll come away more energized to fight the influx of money by rich fossil fuel barons like the Koch Brothers and infuriated into action at the misinformation campaign they have financed for the past several decades. You can learn more about the film HERE. A listing of theaters and other information can be found HERE.