Michael Moore, an acclaimed and controversial documentary filmmaker of ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ has released his latest film, Planet of the Humans. Released on Earth Day, on April 22, the film remains free to watch on YouTube for 30 days.
The documentary, in the tradition of Moore, is not without controversy, being called out by climate activists and environmentalists alike for producing ‘misleading content.’
The document explores alternate energy sources like wind and solar, and investigates the negative impacts it has. Jeff Gibbs, who directed and produced the documentary alongside Moore, explains the less explored aspects to alternate energy are a critical discussion needed to be had.
“It suddenly dawned on me what we were looking at was a solar dead zone. I learned that solar panels don’t last,” Gibbs stated when describing the construction of solar farms like those in California at the expense of forests.
The documentary promotes the idea that the world is fast running out of energy and calls out well known environmental leaders like Bill McKibben.
“We have to have our ability to consume reigned in,” says an environmental leader. “Without some major die-off of the human population there is no turning back,” says one scientist in the documentary.
According to award winning director Josh Fox, the latest Michael Moore documentary is misleading. “The film is an unsubstantiated, unscientific, poorly made piece of yellow journalism which attacks proven renewable energy and science.”
“The film irresponsibly ignores the decades of peer-reviewed climate & energy science that goes into the current environmental movement,” and tweeted, “The film disregards the #GreenNewDeal, the 100% renewable energy plans of Stanford University and others, the @BernieSanders campaign and the basic foundations of science upon which renewable energy policy.”
Roger Freeman, a consultant for corporate renewable energy strategies tweeted “Excited to watch on the eve of earth day but deeply disappointed by the movie. It is misguided, grossly misleading hackariffic effort to discredit and vilify the renewable energy industry and people who have spent decades trying to save the planet.”
Bill McKibben also posted a formal response to the Planet of the Humans documentary on 350.org’s website:
“As more scientists studied the consequences of large-scale biomass burning, the math began to show that it would put large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere at precisely the wrong moment: if we break the back of the climate system now, it won’t matter if forests suck it up fifty years hence. And as soon as that became clear I began writing and campaigning on those issues.”
The documentary positions itself to address the difficult issues surrounding not only renewable energy but environmental groups motivated by profit. It’s central premise is that the world is on the brink of extinction, going to great lengths to critique solar and wind as a false hope and goes so far as to suggest the only viable solution is population control.
The 100-minite documentary leads the viewer into a dark place of misdeeds and questions, and fails to offer answers of significant benefit.
But I’ll leave it up to the viewer to judge for themselves.