Al Gore is getting back into the film business.
A decade after releasing An Inconvenient Truth, his Oscar-winning 2006 documentary about the climate change crisis, the former vice president will unveil a sequel next year, Paramount announced Friday.
“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis. But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to the crisis are at hand,” said Gore in a statement.
Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, Paramount says the new film will differ from An Inconvenient Truth, which mixed documentary footage with Gore’s slide presentation about the dangers of global warming. In the sequel, Gore “travels the world and delivers an inspirational story of change in the making,” the studio said in a description.
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Yahoo reports on another outbreak of green peace and love, this time from Arizona Professor John Wiens.
‘Kill yourself immediately’: Biologist takes aim at climate change denier Donald Trump
An evolutionary biologist who says all animal life could be wiped out in as little as 50 years has instructed Donald Trump to “kill yourself immediately”.
Professor John Wiens took aim at the controversial president elect, who refutes the existence of climate change, while describing the “global disaster” taking hold of our planet.
The Arizona University scientist found that 47 per cent of almost 1000 species had suffered local extinctions linked to climate change, according to the Independent.
Professor Wiens joked that if he ever got to meet Trump he would instruct him to “kill himself”, but when questioned again he gave a more serious answer.
“I guess I would tell him ‘what would you think if there was a country on the other side of the world that was releasing gas that was going to cause extinctions in our country, to hurt our crops and make people starve?’
“He would say, ‘tell me where it is and we’ll bomb them tomorrow’. Then I’d say, ‘this is what we’re doing to other countries because we are the big polluters’.”
Media recognizes new reality: ‘Climate deniers prepare for domination’ – ‘A new dawn for climate skepticism’
Climate deniers prepare for domination
Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter
Published: Friday, December 9, 2016
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who brought a snowball to the Senate floor last year to disprove the existence of climate change, was the keynote speaker at a major climate conference in Washington yesterday. Photo courtesy of C-SPAN.
It’s a new dawn for climate skepticism, denial and doubt.
And yesterday, at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation headquarters in Washington, the side of the climate fight that has viewed the last eight years of increasingly aggressive environmental regulations as a setback laid out its plan of attack.
Finally, it said, the time has come to significantly shift climate science away from the place it has held during the Obama years. Speaker after speaker repeated the notion that they would now win over the American public and that a new war had begun against those who have essentially forced them underground and out of favor for almost a decade.
The crowd included advisers to President-elect Donald Trump, conservative pundits and energy industry lobbyists eager to shape the next four to eight years. The time has come, they said, to end the “alarmism” fueling climate research, where the prevailing scientific wisdom holds that human activity is warming the planet and irrevocably altering life on Earth.
Among the ideas raised by speakers: a fight to end “political” science at federal agencies; to go into college campuses with their climate denial research; to produce newspaper-like pamphlets that dispel much of modern climate science; to launch a social media campaign that will separate “truth from bullshit”; and, perhaps most sinister for environmentalists, to use U.S. EPA to generate educational materials for schoolchildren.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), known for bringing a snowball onto the floor of the Senate as evidence that global warming was a hoax, recounted the time when his granddaughter came home from sixth grade and asked why he didn’t believe in climate change. She had been given materials from EPA at school, he said. Such curriculum will be one of his first targets, he said.
“A lot of you guys that are liberals like the idea of the EPA brainwashing our kids, but I don’t, and so that’s going to be one of my targets to stop that from taking place,” Inhofe told reporters, adding that climate science “is still something that is unsettled and is up …
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CNN’s Chris Cuomo rips climate skeptics: ‘People thought blacks & whites shouldn’t marry. People thought blacks shouldn’t be equal’
New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday continued the media freak out over Donald Trump picking a climate change doubter to run the Environmental Protection Agency. He even outrageously compared those with similar beliefs to past opposition of interracial marriage.
While discussing the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, Cuomo ranted to CNN co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, “People thought the world was flat.” He continued, “People thought blacks and whites shouldn’t marry. People thought blacks shouldn’t be equal. That doesn’t mean you accept it as fact as a leader.”
CUOMO: Ninety nine percent of the scientific community says that global warming is impacted by man.
CAMEROTA: CNN says the number is 90 percent. But here’s the deal, Republicans, a lot of Republicans and certainly something like 30 percent of voters, and they voted for Trump, agree with him. And they think that in terms of the predictions and the forecasts, this is where it comes in, that it’s far from settled. The predictions and the forecast.
CUOMO: People thought the world was flat.
CUOMO: People thought blacks and whites shouldn’t marry. People thought blacks shouldn’t be equal. That doesn’t mean you accept it as fact as a leader.…
Donald Trump is expected to pick US congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a strong advocate of increased oil and gas development who is skeptical about climate change, to run the Department of the Interior, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.
The appointment could mean easier access for industry to more than a quarter of America’s territory, ranging from national parks to tribal lands stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, where energy companies have been eager to drill and mine.…
The questioning of Blackburn came during a discussion on Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency and a skeptic of climate-change science.
Cuomo asked Blackburn, vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, for her views on Pruitt and whether he would “be someone who denies” the “basic science” of climate change.
Blackburn said Pruitt “understands” the “heavy burden” the EPA has placed on businesses across the country through regulation. She said, however, that everyone remained in favor of clean air and water.
“Can you be for clean air and water if you do not believe that man has a hand in global warming?” Cuomo asked.
“Of course you can be a believer in clean air and clean water and realize that when you work at global warming or climate change, as it is now popularly called, that it is cyclical and you have to look at it in terms of centuries, not in terms of decades,” Blackburn said.
The congresswoman added: “And the science around that is not a settled science.”
Cuomo, taken slightly aback, asked Blackburn bluntly if she agreed that human actives “contribute greatly to what is warming our planet over time.”
“Do you accept that?” he asked.
“I think that there are those who would say, ‘No, it is more of a cyclical process.’ There are those that will say that we do think humans have something to do with it,” Blackburn replied.
“It’s not some though, congresswoman,” Cuomo quipped. “You know — it’s an overwhelming scientific consensus on the notion of whether man-made activities negatively impact global warming. It’s not an open debate within the scientific community. It is a big majority and a small group of people that resist it.”
Cuomo reiterated that he was “talking about the basic science” and whether she and Pruitt agreed with it.
“The fact is that there is still debate about that and the participation of human beings in this,” Blackburn said. “We all will agree we want the Earth to stay healthy. We want clean air, we want clean water.”
The congresswoman said, however, that it was important to “make certain that we are able to have the energy that is necessary to fuel a productive economy.”…
His actual power as EPA administrator will be limited.
“The EPA administrator has substantial policy discretion in choosing how to implement federal environmental statutes, but this discretion is constrained by the substantive requirements of existing environmental laws as well as by the procedural requirements for agency actions,” Jonathan H. Adler, a law professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, tells The Christian Science Monitor in an email. “How much discretion the administrator has depends on the specific issue or policy in question. So, for example, Administrator Pruitt would have the ability to unwind the Clean Power Plan by rescinding the relevant EPA regulations through a new rulemaking, but it is unlikely that he would be able to undo or reverse the ‘endangerment finding’ that is the basis for many other EPA actions on climate change.”
Many of Trump’s picks for positions on his cabinet so far have been political outsiders and businesspeople within the president-elect’s own inner circle. Pruitt is relatively unconnected to the Trump campaign, and his nomination is likely a result of requests by his transition team that Trump’s picks should include more state officials and people not already connected to the president-elect, according to The Wall Street Journal. Still, Pruitt’s views on the environment and pro-business policies for oil and gas seem to align pretty well with Trump’s.…