Michael Moore is known for triggering right-of-center media venues and individuals with provocative remarks, which have oftentimes served to promote documentaries that have personally enriched him.
In his latest film, however, Moore appears to engage in some misdirection. Instead of throwing a left hook, he throws a right.
How can it be that Moore would put his cinematic stamp of approval on something that might infuriate the left?
One thing for sure, there is quite a bit of finger pointing at liberal “green” icons included in the footage of “Planet of the Humans,” the latest documentary where Moore is credited as executive producer.
A master of PR, Moore seems to have known exactly what he was doing in releasing the film on Earth Day, environmentalists’ most revered calendar date.
Some of the more notable nuggets that the documentary exposes are as follows: Biomass fuel destroys nature at a faster rate than nature can replace; electric cars are charged via the power grid, which requires the use of exorbitant amounts of non-renewable energy; and a by-product of mining lithium is the inevitable damage that occurs to the ecosystem.
Decimated in the movie is the notion that solar and wind energy are legitimate replacements for fossil fuels.
“Planet of the Humans” exposes the hypocrisy of some of the environmental movement’s most famous eco-celebrities, including former Vice President Al Gore, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, activist-author Bill Mckibben, and news commentator Van Jones.
The documentary also reveals the secret profiteering and corporate connections of the Sierra Club, Goldman Sachs, and former President Barack Obama’s green energy initiatives. It additionally calls out Gore for selling his television network to Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera and chides McKibben for cozying up to Wall Street and being an advocate of biomass.
“The takeover of the environmental movement by capitalism is now complete,” the documentary’s narrator declares.
Josh Fox, director of the anti-fracking film “Gasland,” voiced his dissatisfaction with the film on Twitter.
“I just had the unfortunate displeasure of watching PLANET OF THE HUMANS the #Earthday freebie irresponsibly put out by Michael Moore @MMFlint,” Fox wrote, opining that it was “an unsubstantiated, unscientific, poorly made piece of yellow journalism which attacks proven renewable energy and science.”
Fox and his cohorts tried to have the movie removed from public access and sought an apology from Moore.
McKibben, the high profile environmentalist who was exposed in Moore’s documentary, was incensed.
“I am used to ceaseless harassment and attack from the fossil fuel industry, and I’ve done my best to ignore a lifetime of death threats from right-wing extremists. It does hurt more to be attacked by others who think of themselves as environmentalists,” McKibben posted on 350.org, the website of the environmental group that he founded.
The self-described website for the U.S. solar community, PV Magazine, featured an article on Moore’s movie, which was penned by renewable energy analyst Eric Wesoff.
Wesoff described the film as a “screed against solar power, wind power, biomass, hydrogen fuel, ethanol, EVs, and a case for the general unsuitability of renewables as a replacement for fossil fuels.”
He also wrote, “It’s difficult to take the film seriously on any topic when it botches the solar portion so thoroughly.”
“Planet of the Humans” is written, directed, and narrated by Jeff Gibbs, a self-described lifelong committed environmentalist, who co-produced Moore’s best known films “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911.” For the next few weeks the filmmakers are making the documentary available on YouTube without charge.
Moore shared with Reuters the following puzzling statement: “I thought electric cars were a good idea, but I didn’t really think about ‘where is the electricity coming from?’”
He added, “I assumed solar panels would last forever. I didn’t know what went into the making of them.”
Even though the documentary takes on the renewable energy issue and skewers some big-name environmental leaders in the process, the filmmakers remain totally committed to the same basic views as the backers of the “Green New Deal.”
The film asks during its final scenes, “Can a single species that’s come to dominate the entire planet be smart enough to voluntarily limit its own presence?”
The narrator then claims that the environmental debate essentially avoids discussion of “the only thing that might save us.”
Although Moore and Gibbs go beyond a mere expose of the promoters of renewable energy, they unfortunately come to a grim conclusion that is shared by the extreme left; that being, humankind is very close to destroying the planet.
According to Moore and Gibbs, what we really need to do is get “a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption.”
Sadly, environmentalists of their ilk appear to be world-weary misanthropes who will continue to hold fast to the belief that the real problem is not carbon emissions or greenhouse gasses, but people.