Al Gore Meets Movie Gore: Climate Alarmism Jumps the Bandersnatch

I suppose one cold say that climate alarmism jumped the shark years ago.  But they have certainly moved to a new level, one for which there is not even a term, in this video.  This video has everything - the government school teacher politically indoctrinating the kids, followed by bloody gory death dealt out to the kids who refuse to toe the government line.  I am not kidding.

When I first saw it, I was sure it was a skeptic satire, ala Jonathon Swift's 'A Modest Proposal,'  and I am still afraid that this may be some elaborate put-on because the video and its message -- that skeptics need to be killed -- is so obscene.   But apparently, according to this article at the Guardian, it is totally for real and includes contributions from some fairly prominent artists, as well as funding from the UK government and the 10:10 program  (a plea to reduce carbon emissions by 10% per year, eerily with a name probably purposely similar to 9-11).

Our friends at the 10:10 climate change campaign have given us the scoop on this highly explosive short film, written by Britain's top comedy screenwriter Richard Curtis, ahead of its general release....

Had a look? Well, I'm certain you'll agree that detonating school kids, footballers and movie stars into gory pulp for ignoring their carbon footprints is attention-grabbing. It's also got a decent sprinkling of stardust "“ Peter Crouch, Gillian Anderson, Radiohead and others.  But it's pretty edgy, given 10:10's aim of asking people, businesses and organisations to take positive action against global warming by cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in a year, and thereby pressuring governments to act.

"Doing nothing about climate change is still a fairly common affliction, even in this day and age. What to do with those people, who are together threatening everybody's existence on this planet? Clearly we don't really think they should be blown up, that's just a joke for the mini-movie, but maybe a little amputating would be a good place to start?" jokes 10:10 founder and Age of Stupid film maker Franny Armstrong.

But why take such a risk of upsetting or alienating people, I ask her: "Because we have got about four years to stabilise global emissions and we are not anywhere near doing that. All our lives are at threat and if that's not worth jumping up and down about, I don't know what is."

The latter claim is hilarious.  Over the next four years, CO2 levels will likely increase, if they stay on trend, from .0392% of the atmosphere to .0400% of the atmosphere.  I would love to see these so-called science-based folks demonstrate how the next .0008% shift in atmospheric concentration triggers the point-of-no return tipping point.  In actual fact, the have just latched onto the round number of 400ppm and declared, absolutely without evidence, that this number (which the Earth has crossed many times in the past) will somehow lead to a runaway chain reaction.

Anyway, I have teased it long enough,  here is the video.  Beware -- there is gore (no pun intended) here worthy of a zombie movie.

Wow, its sure good that the world has decided that skeptics are the mindless, thuggish, anti-science side of this debate, because if that had not already been made clear, we might think that key climate alarmism groups had lost their freaking minds.  It will be interesting to see if this gets any play in the US media -- my guess is it will not.  Magazines are happy to spend twenty pages dissecting the motives of the Koch family in funding skeptic and libertarian causes, but environmentalists get a free pass, even with stuff like this.

Lubos Motl is all over this, and has mirror sites for the video if (or more likely when) the video gets taken down. This is one of those propaganda offers that are the product of an echo chamber, with a group of like-minded people all patting themselves on the back only to be surprised at the inevitable public backlash.

I have mirrored the video here in case it gets a youtube takedown.

Update: As a reminder, this is not satire.  It is made by a group of true believers.  It was funded and approved and released by a climate alarmism group, which paid top dollar (including UK taxpayer funds) for a large professional team of actors, writers, and directors.  All interviewed participants, including the first little actor blown up, have stated how proud they were of the film and its contribution to educating people on the need for immediate action on global warming.

For the last hour, I have sat and tried to think if, as a skeptic, I had wanted to make a satire critiquing the excesses of global warming alarmism, could I have made a better video.  The only thing that might have made it better would have been if the final button-pusher was someone famous like James Cameron or Bono, who after then pushed the button climbed on their Gulfstream jet to fly home.  But that's just a quibble.   I have changed my opinion.  This may be the greatest skeptic video ever, and the Koch family didn't even have to pay a dime for it.  Thanks 10:10.

Update #2: This movie reminds me of nothing so much as Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards.  It is clearly not reality, but the author's fantasy.  Tarantino fantasizes about a group of jews kicking ass on the Nazi high command and ending the war early.  10:10 fantasizes about blowing up skeptics, in a video that, amazingly, is more blood-spattered than Tarantino's.

Update #3: The group pulls the video with a classic "I'm sorry you guys are so easily offended" apology.

Update #4: Unsurprisingly, Joe Romm (in the italics in this post) goes to the kindergarten argument of "he started it," arguing that the video is just the flip side of the stuff skeptics are doing all the time.  In making  his pitch, he shows the mindset that allowed this stupid film to get made.

I am not sure exactly what comparable films skeptics have produced that are similar, and the only example he can cite is Anthony Watt's blog post comments on the shooting of an eco-terrorist.  I did not even go back and look at Watt's comments, but I generally think that lots of people are too gleeful when suspected criminals, who are innocent before the law, are gunned down by police.

Never-the-less, its seems a stretch to equate  the offhand comments in real time of an independent blogger with a film involving probably a hundred people (including those who commissioned it in the 10:10 organization), commissioned in an official and thoughtful act (after all this had to be months in the works), and funded in part by the British government.  He takes the opportunity of his team's screw-up to launch this broadside on people like me (in bold no less).

None of this excuses that disgusting video.  But the difference is that those who are trying to preserve a livable climate and hence the health and well-being of our children and billions of people this century quickly denounce the few offensive over-reaches of those who claim to share our goals "” but those trying to destroy a livable climate, well, for them lies and hate speech are the modus operandi, so such behavior is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Is anyone else getting tired of this working definition that "hate speech" is any speech by people who disagree with me, because I have the best interest of humanity in mind so clearly those who oppose me hate the human race?

Note you can see this right in his statement -- "for those trying to destroy a livable climate."  That's absurd.  Does he really think anyone is trying to destroy a livable climate?  I could say that through CO2 controls he is trying to impoverish billions of poor people in lesser developed countries by halting development, but I don't think that is really his motive.  I think that is an outcome of what he advocates, just as he thinks an unlivable climate is an outcome of what I advocate, but I can distinguish between motives and assumptions, but he apparently cannot.   This attitude is EXACTLY what causes this kind of unfortunate video to be made -- it is only a small step from believing, as he says he does, that skeptics are "trying to destroy a liveable climate" to making a movie that jokes about killing them all (or, to be frank, to feeling justified in acts of eco-terrorism).

I encourage you to watch my climate video and decide if folks like me are trying to thoughtfully decipher nature or are engaging in hate speech.

Update #5: Funny -- Gillian Anderson, actress from the 10:10 video, warning of Y2K dangers.

Update #6: I guess this was inevitable, but all the rats in the 10:10 ship are claiming that they had no idea what the video would be like and were appalled when they saw it.  Right.  An organization funds a major film production, including any number of high profile participants, and no one asked to see a script, screened the video before release, or even asked for some kind of written treatment of the concept?  Yeah, right.   No one in the 10:10 organization or who funded the video even peeked at it before it was released to the entire planet?  This is so utterly lame but will probably be enough of a fig leaf for most of the media to hide behind and allow them not to follow up on a video whose basic premises they likely agree with.

  • John David Galt

    This is just the final, absurd conclusion to Paul Krugman's claim that climate skepticism is treason. Treason still carries the death penalty, right? (I know, not in the UK.)

  • http://www.cogfactory.net colson

    "hate speech" (free speech control)
    "hate crime" (how to persecute someone for their beliefs and actions at the same time.)
    "sustainable" (... until it is no longer sustainable)
    "un-natural" (unless it has anything to do with the supernatural, everything is natural)
    "social" (can we just put a bullet into this one - pwetty pwease!!!)
    "justice" (it's our sense of justice, not yours)
    "equality" (at the expense of everyone else)
    "progressive" (an adjective that is the perfect antonym for what it is most frequently associated with)

    all words that have come to induce vomiting for me in this decade.

  • John David Galt

    You left out:
    "trying to destroy a livable climate" = not trying to destroy our livable, technologically comfortable world and force everybody except a small, politically correct elite back to an Amish standard of living.

  • Not Sure

    By William N. Grigg, from here:

    http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/

    Were an inmate of the government school system in either the People's Republic of Blighty or the U.S.S.A. to submit a student film depicting fantasies of mass murder, he would be charged with terrorism and consigned to the nearest psychiatric gulag. Yet when the same diseased fantasy is submitted by a government-aligned eco-lobby, the sternest adjective used to describe it is "inappropriate." There's something other than the storied British understatement at work here.

    The 10:10 campaign's official reaction is a variation on the familiar non-apology, "I'm sorry that you were offended" -- a formulation commonly used by people seeking to deflect blame for genuinely offensive acts."

    "Many people found [No Pressure] extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and 10:10 would like to apologise to everybody who was offended by the film," stated 10:10 global campaign director Lizzie Gillet. Fanny Armstrong, founder of 10:10, recited the same potted non-apology: "When the film was released ... lots of people found it funny, but many others were offended. Out of respect for those we offended, we immediately apologised and withdrew the film."

    I'm struck by the fact that 10:10's "apology" follows the same collectivist logic displayed in its perverted mass murder fantasy: The enlightened understand the joke, even if a few reactionary holdouts aren't enchanted by it. Pity, isn't it, that we don't have a master detonator that would reduce such charmless people to a bloody mist?

  • ArtD0dger

    Wow. When you've lost Bill McKibben, you've really gone beyond the pale.

    I'm not sure this will be the greatest skeptic video ever, though, because according to Google News it's getting little coverage and precisely zero in the U.S. mainstream media. Still, as a naked display of complete and obviously sincerely-held hatred against the denialist Other, it could go viral.

    I've made a calendar note to turn on all the lights and some appliances on 10/10 before I go out for the day. It's probably futile, but anything that helps prevent my actions from being interpreted as compliance with these psychos is worth a couple bucks.

  • Sean2829

    If you were to do a skeptic version of this sort of shock video, look at the 2006-2008 corm price when speculation in energy lead to increases of nearly 150%. There were riots in the streets over corn meal prices and other food staples in 25 cities, (that would make great footage) and money for food aid only went half as far leading to starvation in famine prone countries. I dare say you could make quite a case for a pretty high body count. The truely sad part is that this would not be fiction but a historic documentary.

  • papertiger

    I'm in good with the people running the Cal Prop 23, suspend AB32 initiative. If I could get a video edit of this, condensing it down to 30 seconds, without excising the meaning, I'd pitch it to the campaign coordinator directly to see about using it for commercial broadcast.

  • AWM

    You said:

    "Note you can see this right in his statement — “for those trying to destroy a livable climate.” That’s absurd. Does he really think anyone is trying to destroy a livable climate? I could say that through CO2 controls he is trying to impoverish billions of poor people in lesser developed countries by halting development, but I don’t think that is really his motive."

    Perhaps not Joe Romm but that sort of 'sustainable development' (or rather, no development) neo Malthusian thinking is very common amongst other climate activists and their supporters, and is something 'skeptics' probably don't focus on enough.

    AWM

  • Eric Hammer

    God lord. I still can't get over that. My wife saw it and started laughing, responding "Well, that's how they always talk" when I asked how she thought it was funny. She had just assumed it was a spoof of the whole thing. I am not certain she fully believes that it was real even after I explained it to her, it is just so messed up.

    I suppose one small shred of decency it has going for it is the fact that everyone else other than the murderous bastards pushing the button are fairly horrified by the whole thing (save for the soccer team). The school kids and the office workers are all distressed by the whole thing; I like to imagine them questioning the right of the killers to do so, and perhaps putting them up for murder. I suppose the only way to make the video worse would be if everyone was ok with the whole thing.

  • LLissy

    Given that the large majority of the people in each scene are FOR saving the planet by limiting their energy consumption blah blah blah, wouldn't it make more sense for them to blow up the people who raise their hands? Just think - all those people no longer using ANY energy! Then the rest of us could just go about our business without having to be bombarded with this cr@p... Unbelievable that the people who made this actually thought it was funny!

  • Pat Moffitt

    "One belief, more than any other, is responsible for the slaughter of individuals on the altars of the great historical ideals - justice or progress or the happiness of future generations, or the sacred mission or emancipation of a nation or race or class, or even liberty itself, which demands the sacrifice of individuals for the freedom of society. This is the belief that somewhere, in the past or in the future, in divine revelation or in the mind of an individual thinker, in the pronouncements of history or science, or in the simple heart of an uncorrupted good man, there is a final solution." Sir Isaah Berlin - Two Concepts of Liberty

  • smurfy

    I don't know man, I give them bonus points for blowing up a guy who kinda reminds me of Sting.

  • http://ignolopi.blogspot.com Mai

    I can't believe anyone would make a video like this -- it's horrid! Even if it was a satire I wouldn't be laughing -- knowing it's serious makes me a little ill. It's certainly the scariest video I've ever seen.

    The more resources poured into this 'conserve resources' (command, not advice) the more I despair for our economic freedom.

    I just read this quote before seeing the video, and it's overall point applies in this situation:

    "The history of thought should warn us against concluding that because the scientific theory of the world is the best that has yet been formulated, it is necessarily complete and final.... In the last analysis magic, religion, and science are nothing but theories of thought; and as science has supplanted its predecessors, so it may hereafter be itself superseded by some more perfect hypothesis." Sir James Frazer - The Golden Bough

  • jay

    So if the projected warming DOES occur, over a period of 100 years we' experience temperature a shift similar to moving from New York City to Philadelphia.... oh the humanity...!!!

  • http://myweeklycrime.blogspot.com Elliot

    Warren,

    As usual, you manage to enumerate all the best counterpoints to such idiocy. As soon as I saw the "hate speech" line in the block quote, I was thinking of making a comment here about that, until I saw you'd already summarized the working definition quite succinctly.

  • Dan

    Given the level of violence tolerated by the enviromental class, I dare see how you are not a target of their hatred. Take care.

  • IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society

    > I have mirrored the video here in case it gets a youtube takedown.

    For those of you using Firefox, I can highly recommend the "1-Click Youtube Video Downloader" add-on.

    It allows you to save from Youtube to your HD in either .flv or .mp4 (and other) formats. I always save a copy of any video that has a notable chance of "disappearing" down the DMCA hole.

  • MJ

    Watching that video left a bad taste in my mouth. So bad that I had to watch the Cindy Crawford Pepsi commercial again to get rid of it.

  • IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society

    They really just have No Clue when it comes to this crap.

    They think they're being funny when they're really just showing what they imagine the world actually ought to be like.

    Anyone else besides me remembering the slightly less offensive but almost equally clueless Audi Green Police 2010 Superbowl advert?

  • Josen

    This is crazy. It reminds me of the Starship Trooper and Robocop commercials.....OMG...don't know if I can even laugh about it!

  • http://www.vizualdefinition.com Jesse

    Most interesting. Film as an Educational device. This is a good example of how trying to help themselves, they did more harm than good. Wow, it is getting hot, of course I do live in Florida so it is hot most of the time. Corporations claim that the client informs them on the direction of services they offer. The truth is, the marketing experts have numbed so many minds and turned the Supply/Demand idea on its head. Their supply is your demand.