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Delingpole : Michael Moore Is Now the Green New Deal’s Worst Enemy

April 24, 2020

By Paul Homewood



  The gamekeeper turns poacher!

Far left Michael Moore, long time opponent of fossil fuels, has launched a damning indictment of the green agenda, with his latest film Planet of the Humans.

Dellers sums it up:


Left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is promoting a new documentary he executive produced about the environment — Planet of the Humans — and many of his usual supporters are going nuts.

What can the veteran left-wing activist possibly have done to earn such disapproval?

Simple. Moore has backed the most powerful, brutally honest and important documentary of his career. It’s also by far his bravest because it not only confronts the modern left’s greatest shibboleth — “clean” energy — but it does indeed offer a great deal of succour to Moore’s avowed enemy President Donald Trump.

It might even help Trump clinch the next presidential election for it undermines the entire basis of the Green New Deal being pushed in one form or another by his opponents. Renewable energy, the documentary makes abundantly clear, is not the solution to the problem — but an even bigger problem than the one it is supposedly solving.

The documentary was directed by Jeff Gibbs, who, like Moore, is very much a man of the left. Gibbs was a producer and composer on Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. In his youth, he was the kind of committed, long-haired eco activist who sabotages diggers by putting sugar in their gas tanks.

And it’s this left-wing, activist background of Gibbs and Moore which makes the movie’s message so much more compelling.

Renewable energy, it tells us, is not clean energy but dirty energy because it does tremendous damage to the environment. The people who make money out of it are the worst kind of crony-capitalists. Anyone who claims to believe otherwise is either an idiotic dupe or a wicked liar.

Though I’ve written about this myself in countless Breitbart columns, I’m a conservative writer largely preaching to the choir. Coming from two ardent leftists, on the other hand, and aimed at least in part at a leftist audience, the message of Planet of the Humans is dynamite.

“I’m in a strange position,” the soft-spoken Gibbs tells us at the beginning of the movie. “I’m against our addiction to fossil fuels and have long been a fan of green energy. But everywhere I encountered green energy, it wasn’t what it seemed.”

And so we watch the scales begin to fall from Gibbs’s eyes.

We visit a zoo — powered, according to a local news story, by “renewable” elephant dung — which turns out on inspection not even to produce enough elephant dung power to heat the elephant barn.

We visit a “solar powered” music festival where we discover that behind the scenes it is largely powered by diesel generators.

We visit an ethanol plant — whose wood has to be harvested using fossil-fuel powered equipment and depends for its operational effectiveness on coal.

We visit a lovely old wood beloved by hikers and nature lovers in rural Vermont being trashed to build a wind farm.

We see 500-year old yuccas in the Mojave desert being torn up and shredded by diggers to make way for a “clean” energy solar plant.

“It was enough to make my head explode,” Gibbs confesses at one point. “Green energy is not going to save us.”

No indeed. But it’s going to make a few ugly and cynical crony capitalists very, very rich.

Gibbs follows the money trail and discovers — quelle surprise! — that the people and organizations most assiduously stoking the war on fossil fuels and most aggressively promoting “renewables” as an alternative are invariably the ones who stand to benefit most financially.

Among the Hall of Shame: Canadian activist Bill McKibben; Al Gore; Van Jones; Robert F Kennedy Jr; Jeremy Grantham; Michael Bloomberg; Richard Branson.

Full story here.



The only trouble is that Moore’s solutions are no better. This is the screed he has put on You Tube, introducing his film:


 Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late.

Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars?

No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine"). This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late.


Reducing out-of-control human presence and consumption may be bad for profits. But it sure ain’t good news for humans either!

  1. jack broughton permalink
    April 24, 2020 2:35 pm

    Amusingly I had just been reading a silly fear campaign article in the “i” by their gullible Environment Reporter, Madeleine Cuff. She crowed that “scientists” say that Europe had record breaking temperature in 2019 a full 1.1 deg K above the pre-industrial level (read LIA). We are heading rapidly towards a “planetary tipping point”……. Armageddon is nye.

    She also quotes one Petteri Taalas at WMO who apparently says that “We need to flatten both the Pandemic and climate change curves!. Would like to see the climate change curve!!!

    Maybe she needs to read this post instead of the fools in Copernicus, Reading Uni and Bristol Uni that she revers!

    You couldn’t make it up but the “i” do!

    • Jonathan Scott permalink
      April 24, 2020 3:46 pm

      I notice there is an all pervasive attempt to “link” the beginning of the industrial revolution to climate change. This has no basis in science. Not even the political scientists in the IPCC acknowledge that man can not possibly have had an effect before around 1947 yet it is being trumpeted by all the “impartial” media particularly in the UK by the PC BBC and their rag writing friends at the “spare us a copper gov” Guardian. The language of the Climate scam has no origin in science but in left wing politics from which it gets all it’s “fighting” and doom laiden apocalyptic talk….. unless of course you let them take over……..

      • CheshireRed permalink
        April 24, 2020 4:31 pm

        By going all the way back to pre-industrial times to begin their man-made temperature rise claims they just happen to arrive at the end of the little ice age, with temperatures correspondingly low, meaning an upwards only temperature shift is guaranteed.

        How jolly convenient!

    • Tonyb permalink
      April 24, 2020 9:23 pm


      I think you will find the European study included temperatures right back to the dawn of time-1981

      Leaving that aside I find it extraordinary that the IpCc see nothing strange in being concerned that we are marginalLy warmer than the pre industrial little ice age. I would be more worried if we were NOT warmer than that time.

  2. Gerry, England permalink
    April 24, 2020 2:41 pm

    In line with Moore’s ‘solution’ to the problem, the braindead that make up most of our council members and senior staff – I am only a junior and therefore am still capable of rational thought – are overjoyed with the traffic free streets and champing at the bit to try and keep them that way. Hmm, their handful of cells have not been able to link totally trashing the economy with the empty streets and therefore if you want more of the same that is what you will get. Why try to run a business that can’t receive deliveries when required or have faults fixed when you need them. Councils have staff on site to fix things, ordinary companies don’t have a plumber sitting in a corner waiting for a call to action.

  3. Mike Jackson permalink
    April 24, 2020 2:53 pm

    This was always going to happen sooner or later. The level of hypocrisy — and outright mendacity in some quarters — was eventually going to be such that even the most blinkered supporters would see through it.

    From protest camps where the activists trash the local environment and leave behind their detritus — 90%+ of it oil-derived — to the likes of those named in Delingpole’s article who have enriched themselves through the environmental scam and who care less (infinitely less) for the natural environment than for their own comfort, the entire modern environmental movement is nothing more than a front for personal or commercial greed — greed for wealth or greed for power.

    It’s been said before (including by me) but is worth saying again:

    — anyone who claims to believe that CO2 is a potential cause of climate disaster but opposes nuclear electricity is a fraud;

    — anyone who believes that using fossil fuels to ship woodchips across the Atlantic and burn them in a power station sitting on top of a coalfield is ‘carbon-neutral’ either scientifically illiterate or an idiot, or both;

    — anyone who claims that destroying the natural environment in order to construct inefficient, inconsistent, energy generators is helping to make the planet cleaner is seriously deluded or has an ulterior motive.

    This film of Moore’s is potentially one more small crack in the wall around the Great Climate Fraud. And not before time!

    • Vincent Booth permalink
      April 24, 2020 3:06 pm

      Well said Mike.

    • April 24, 2020 6:00 pm

      Excellent post Mike. I have been saying for a long time that the clue that this is a scam to destroy economies is the methodology of dealing with it.

      If the situation is so desperate what is wrong with nuclear? I accept that there are minimal risks, but compared to the Earth allegedly heating up? Thorium reactors would solve that ‘problem!’

      Wind turbines require Rare Earth minerals, 1000 tons of rock needs to be excavated, crushed and processed by fossil fuel powered machines to get a few pounds of these REm’s. The foundations of a wind turbine need 800 tons of concrete plus specially strengthened roads in remote locations to construct and service them. These roads serve no other purpose. The longevityof WT’s is nowhere near what is claimed and apart from the Rare Earths, they cannot be recycled.

      “— anyone who believes that using fossil fuels to ship woodchips across the Atlantic and burn them in a power station sitting on top of a coalfield is ‘carbon-neutral’ either scientifically illiterate or an idiot, or both;”

      Mature CO2 digesting trees are cut down in the Mid West of the USA, dried in huge fossil fuel powered kilns, pulverised in ffp machines, reconstituted into pellets in more ffp machines, moved by road in ffp trucks to ports on the Eastern Seaboard all 7.5 million tons of them. They are then shipped across the Atlantic in ffp cargo ships followed by more ffp transportation where they are burned in power stations producing 30% less heat energy by mass than anthracite coal. The saplings that are planted to replace them take 35 years to reach the same CO2 digesting potential.

      A large part of the problem is the ignorance of the masses with regard to science and other important academic subjects. This has been as a result of the political Left taking over all aspects of education and the media world-wide.

      The final nail in the coffin of the AGW scam is the fact that two Leftist countries, China and India are building dozens of coal-fired power stations. This leads to one of two conclusions, they either don’t care or don’t believe in AGW. I am certain it is the latter

      • April 26, 2020 7:21 pm

        They mean well but trees are also part of the scam .An old tree emits exactly the same amount of CO2 at night as it uses during the day .
        Greenies talk photosynthesis and conveniently ignore the other half of the equation – respiration .

    • waterside4 permalink
      April 27, 2020 7:00 pm

      Yes Mike,
      All very true. However I have one major problem. This overfed fraud, Mr Moore, is no global warming realist of our religion. On the contrary he is a committed Malthusian and a member of the gospel according to Marx – Karl not the evangelist.
      The other guy who narrates this piece of tosh, is even more extreme in his global warming fanaticism, and wants the world returned to “nature” with humans wiped out.
      So beware of Greeks or Geeks bearing gifts.

  4. Nigel Sherratt permalink
    April 24, 2020 3:13 pm

    The one bit of news to me in the film was that Grantham is a big player in burning wood. Am I the only person who didn’t know that? Michael E. Mann is furious and blames ‘the Trumpian era of gaslighting’, an excellent result (WUWT).

  5. GeoffB permalink
    April 24, 2020 3:16 pm

    Poacher turned gamekeeper…..looking forward to watching it…….Grantham Trust are not to be trusted.

    • Broadlands permalink
      April 24, 2020 4:56 pm

      The Grantham folks are major financial supporters of the AAAS in Washington, DC. One more reason why the AAAS has become a big supporter of the Climate Change agenda? Not to be trusted?

  6. April 24, 2020 3:31 pm

    Rush commented on Moore a couple of days ago. It seems as though Moore had just realized where the electricity for his car, etc actually came from–coal, natural gas–and not the so-called “renewables.” Well, Mikey Moore, better late than never…..

  7. Dave Ward permalink
    April 24, 2020 3:57 pm

    “Renewable energy, the documentary makes abundantly clear, is not the solution to the problem — but an even bigger problem than the one it is supposedly solving”

    Here’s some collateral damage: “EDF in Big Trouble”:

  8. markl permalink
    April 24, 2020 4:23 pm

    It’s great that someone respected for being a window to man’s inhumanity to man (true or not) has come to the realization that we’ve been lied to and is willing to do something about it. Brave on his part. After all these years of false prognostications by biased ‘scientists’ and ‘journalists’ you’d think more like this would be available. The only reason Moore was able to get away with making this film is his reputation. Here’s hoping more influencers join him.

  9. April 24, 2020 4:47 pm

    Moore is right to bring down wind and solar as alternatives to fossil fuels and surely the collateral damage the Paris Accord falls as well. The gang up in Paris on CO2 by tax happy governments was always two step. Get rid of fossil fuels so clean energy? would take over. This means if the second step is gone then the first step of crushing fossil fuels is madness. Time to endorse the 90 Leading Scientist Petition urging governments that there is no climate crisis –
    “In conclusion, given the CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE THAT FOSSIL FUELS have for the energy supply of humanity, we suggest that they should not adhere to policies of uncritically reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere with THE ILLUSORY PRETENSE OF CONTROLLING THE CLIMATE.”

  10. BLACK PEARL permalink
    April 24, 2020 5:35 pm

    According to recent advertising on the TV, just eat Quorn to stop climate change.
    There thats sorted …

  11. BLACK PEARL permalink
    April 24, 2020 5:42 pm

    I like the Semtex action option comment at the end 🙂

  12. Otto Baak permalink
    April 24, 2020 5:52 pm

    Moore hasn’t mentioned reducing population? Oh that’s for his next campaign, I hope but should have done that decades ago.

  13. Jackington permalink
    April 24, 2020 5:54 pm

    Has this film been reviewed yet by Bob Ward the Grantham attack dog? Matbe he has been rendered speechless – yes please.

  14. saparonia permalink
    April 24, 2020 6:52 pm

    “Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? ”

    Be careful about saying that human presence is the problem. There are those who would think nothing of genocide. I was born in 1954 and in my lifetime there have been terrible crimes against humanity.

  15. Broadlands permalink
    April 24, 2020 9:46 pm

    One very important thing missing in the film was any mention of the industrial carbon-capture-and-store technology myth. Never mind the energy sources and raw materials needed to capture, transport and store CO2, the amount of CO2 to make a difference to the climate is huge! Accepting climate activist McKibben’s 350 ppm as his goal would today require the safe storage of ~500 gigatons. 500,000 million! Geological time! Totally absurd. Yet CCS negative emission technology continues to gain support from many sources, even deemed essential to the Paris Accord goals.

  16. April 24, 2020 11:54 pm

    What now, one might wonder, for the merciless mercenery John Selwyn Bummer and his fantasies ?

  17. Mad Mike permalink
    April 25, 2020 12:10 pm

    There’s a PhD in there somewhere for anyone who can calculate how much CO2 is not being absorbed because of the cutting down of all those trees and burning them as biomass, and then calculate how much extra CO2 is being released by said burning. You can then calculate how many parts per million of CO2 are being added to the atmosphere after deducting the amount of CO2 not being released by the fossil fuel the biomass is supposed to replace. The flaw in this is that I can’t see anybody getting funding to do this under the present regime.

  18. April 27, 2020 1:33 am

    “Moore has backed the most powerful, brutally honest and important documentary of his career. It’s also by far his bravest because it not only confronts the modern left’s greatest shibboleth — “clean” energy”

    He has nothing against Green. His comoplaint against the Green Energy is not that it is green but that it isn’t green enough.

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