Greedy Lying Bastards: a movie review

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:14 PM GMT on March 09, 2013

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Greedy Lying Bastards is a documentary film on the politics of global warming, playing in theaters this weekend. As it's rather provocative title suggests, this movie is all about exposing the bad guys--the fossil fuel industry, the private climate change denial "think tank" groups that they fund, and the politicians and media outlets sympathetic to the fossil fuel industry. The movie features several hero climate scientists, who focus on the political efforts to suppress climate science, rather than the science. Other "heroes" featured include politicians such as U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, several environmental journalists, and environmental activists such as Kert Davies of Greenpeace. The movie is produced by actress and climate activist Daryl Hannah and directed by filmmaker and political activist Craig Rosebraugh.


Video 1. Trailer for Greedy Lying Bastards.

The movie is at its strongest when it traces the history of organized climate denial efforts in the United States. We learn through engaging and detailed 3-D graphics how tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the fossil fuel industry to organizations active in climate denial efforts. The movie spends a lot of time exposing the anti-climate science efforts of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who jointly own majority stakes in Koch Industries, a large oil, gas and chemicals conglomerate based in Kansas. Through 2012, the Koch brothers spent $67 million to fund organizations engaged in climate science denial efforts, compared to $27 million spent by ExxonMobil on such efforts. Unfortunately, the movie was not able to mention the new power player in this game of thrones, Donor's Trust (and the affiliated Donors Capital Fund), whose influence has come to light only in past few months. Corporations who want to hide their contributions to climate science denial organizations can now launder them through Donor's Trust, who will keep the source of the funds secret. It's a charity, so this is all tax-deductible. According to mediamatters.org, "Between 2008 and 2011, Donors Trust doled out over $300 million in grants to what it describes as 'conservative and libertarian causes,' serving as 'the dark money ATM of the conservative movement.' Donors Trust enables donors to give anonymously, noting on its website that if you 'wish to keep your charitable giving private, especially gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues,' you can use it to direct your money." The following chart created by The Guardian, based on data from Greenpeace, shows that as ExxonMobil and the Koch Foundations have reduced traceable funding for these groups, donations from Donors Trust have surged:



The movie also has a very interesting look at Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit group founded by the Koch brothers. Citizens United won a landmark 2010 Supreme Court case, which now allows unlimited corporate donations to political candidates. The movie makes the case that Justice Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from the case because he appeared at a retreat sponsored by Citizens United prior to the court case.

Interspersed through the movie is dramatic footage of extreme weather events such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, and the struggles of people on the front lines of climate change-related disasters. We see victims of the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, villagers in the island nation of Tuvalu struggling with sea level rise, and Kansas farmers dealing with drought. The movie spent too much time dwelling on the victims of the Colorado fires, making for excessive melodrama. However, the scenes of the Tuvalu people living in homes that are regularly inundated by the sea were very compelling, as was the lament by one islander that a rich and colorful culture was in danger of being permanently lost.

The movie closes with a call for people to take action, accompanied by the thumping sounds of the song, "Bastards and Swine Forever." Specifically, the movies calls for people to get politically active to oppose the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, and to boycott ExxonMobil and products manufactured by Koch Industries, including Chevron, Union 76, and Conoco gasoline, plus Georgia-Pacific products such as "Brawny" paper towels, Quilted Northern toilet paper, and Dixie cups.

Overall rating: two and-a-half stars, out of four
It's a pretty interesting movie, as documentaries go, but documentaries tend to be boring, and Greedy Lying Bastards does suffer from this problem. There are some humorous moments, but not enough of them to make this as engaging as Michael Moore documentaries. Still, the fascinating look at how the funding of the climate change denial movement works is worth the price of admission, and I give Greedy Lying Bastards two and-a-half stars, out of four.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Neapolitan:
Fahrenheit 9/11 was the most successful documentary of all time, earning nearly $225 million worldwide. Avatar--a popular film widely derided (and ignored by many political conservatives) as being a left-wing screed--was the most successful film of all time, earning nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.

Now, you were saying? ;-)


but it wasnt about global warming though

The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and its coverage in the news media

from wikipedia..
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Quoting bappit:

LOL We found the cause! Movie theaters cause global warming!


it contributes..never said it causes..
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Quoting HurrMichaelOrl:


Most people prefer warm weather and do not tend to like the cold. A significant minority, however, do actually prefer cool/cold weather. I actually prefer the cold.
I prefer cloudy days when is not hot but not really cold.like in the middle.right now is too hot imo we are at 81F.
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Quoting ncstorm:
I wonder how many energy efficient theaters this movie is being played in???..I would think if we talking about a global warming movie in the above discussion that somewhere in the post that it would be mention that this movie is being played in energy efficient theaters..would be very hypocritical if that was not the case..and yes, its a legitimate ponder..

How do movie theaters save energy?

LOL We found the cause! Movie theaters cause global warming!
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
60 here in the Philly burbs. A nice change after all that rain, snow and cold during the week. It was not fun walking to and from the train in those conditions, although it could have been a lot worse.


couple of weeks of roller coaster weather to go then full spring will be the rule

our snow pack or i should say ice pack is melting nice hoping most of it will be gone by the end of the day monday
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
And how many people going to see this movie drive their cars to get there?

However, I doubt viewing this film will leave much of a carbon footprint. Left-wing documentaries and films usually tank at the box office. Promised Land only grossed eight million worldwide. I guess United Arab Emirates didn't get their money's worth from helping to back that film.


well lets start from the beginning,

look up on the computer for playing times, gas up their car, drive to the theater, purchase popcorn sit in an air condition theater and then drive home

anything to help in the fight against GW
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TWC keeps saying the high for today here is 47, when it's 54F right now... ??
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
And how many people going to see this movie drive their cars to get there?

However, I doubt viewing this film will leave much of a carbon footprint. Left-wing documentaries and films usually tank at the box office. Promised Land only grossed eight million worldwide. I guess United Arab Emirates didn't get their money's worth from helping to back that film.
Fahrenheit 9/11 was the most successful documentary of all time, earning nearly $225 million worldwide. Avatar--a popular film widely derided (and ignored by many political conservatives) as being a left-wing screed--was the most successful film of all time, earning nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.

Now, you were saying? ;-)
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Almost 70 degrees here in Washington D.C.
warming is nice snow melt is rapid now rain tomorrow and monday then cool down roller coaster ride
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Almost 70 degrees here in Washington D.C.
60 here in the Philly burbs. A nice change after all that rain, snow and cold during the week. It was not fun walking to and from the train in those conditions, although it could have been a lot worse.
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keep it clean

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Quoting ihave27windows:
I don't know enough about the science to debate AGW, but I am inclined to believe it is partially man's (not woman's, haha) fault, and partially a cyclical/natural occurence.
There is a mountain of peer-reviewed data that says the warming the globe is witnessing now is pretty much entirely man's fault. In fact, the planet would be cooling now if not for us, so more than 100% of the observed warming may be our fault. This graph--which was released just this week--pretty clearly indicates as much:

climate

In short, the warming is neither cyclical nor natural. It's us.

Quoting ihave27windows:
IMO, Daryl Hannah is a dizzy dingbat, and therefore the film is a "not even gonna bother", for me.
You're certainly entitled to that opinion, but I'm curious as to where it comes from. Ms Hannah has put her own personal health, safety, and freedom on the line many times for her activism, mostly of the environmental kind. I wouldn't call that "dizzy", nor accuse her of being a "dingbat". And I can't imagine applying that label simply because she has Asperger Syndrome. So--seriously--why do you say that of her? I've met her several times, and never came away the impression that she was anything but a bright, caring, creative individual...
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Almost 70 degrees here in Washington D.C.
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Quoting ncstorm:
I wonder how many energy efficient theaters this movie is being played in???..I would think if we talking about a global warming movie in the above discussion that somewhere in the post that it would be mention that this movie is being played in energy efficient theaters..would be very hypocritical if that was not the case..and yes, its a legitimate ponder..

How do movie theaters save energy?
And how many people going to see this movie drive their cars to get there?

However, I doubt viewing this film will leave much of a carbon footprint. Left-wing documentaries and films usually tank at the box office. Promised Land only grossed eight million worldwide. I guess United Arab Emirates didn't get their money's worth from helping to back that film.
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Dr. Masters, since you have become a movie critic of sorts, how many stars do you give for Jack the Giant Slayer? I heard it was really good and wanted to go see it.
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Nasty Line developing in North Texas

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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
157 PM EST SAT MAR 9 2013

FLZ168-172-100300-
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COASTAL PALM BEACH-COASTAL BROWARD-
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...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY
EVENING...
...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK...

* COASTAL FLOODING...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE BARRIER
ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC COAST WITH POSSIBLE OVERWASH ONTO THE
MORE SUSCEPTIBLE ROADS.

* WAVES AND SURF...LARGE LONG-PERIOD NORTHEAST SWELLS WILL
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* TIMING...THROUGH MONDAY.

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MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
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EROSION.

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE
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IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
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Wow. 35 million in private funding for skeptics. Versus, what, seven billion in government funding for climate change research? BTW, I can't boycott those evil gasoline stations, as I don't drive.
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Spring Breakers Learn this move..................
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I wonder how many energy efficient theaters this movie is being played in???..I would think if we talking about a global warming movie in the above discussion that somewhere in the post that it would be mention that this movie is being played in energy efficient theaters..would be very hypocritical if that was not the case..and yes, its a legitimate ponder..

How do movie theaters save energy?
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Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Advisory
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDRA, CATEGORY THREE (13U)
4:28 AM EST March 10 2013
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At 4:00 AM EST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Sandra (974 hPa) located at 15.8S 159.9E or 1440 km east northeast of Townsville and 1000 km northwest of Noumea has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots with gusts of 90 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving east southeast at 6 knots

Hurricane Force Winds
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25 NM from the center

Storm Force Winds
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55 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
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130 NM from the center in southern quadrants
160 NM from the center in northern quadrants

Dvorak Intensity: T4.5/4.5/D1.0/24 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 16.4S 160.8E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
24 HRS: 17.1S 161.5E - 90 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
48 HRS: 19.4S 162.3E - 75 knots (CAT 3/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 21.6S 162.7E - 55 knots (CAT 2/Tropical Cyclone)

Additional Information
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DT is 4.5 based on poorly formed OW eye in LG [E5.0, -0.5 for poor eye].MET and PAT support. Final T 4.5.

Tropical Cyclone Sandra has generally developed at a standard rate over the last 24 hours. Sandra should continue to develop at this rate over the next 24 hours, as the system is expected to continue to move in a low wind shear environment and over warm sea surface temperatures.

Sandra is expected to continue to move in an east to southeast direction over the next 24 hours due to the influence of a mid-level trough moving across the Pacific Ocean to the southeast of New Caledonia. The system should adopt more of a south to southeast track on Monday as the mid-level trough weakens and as a result allows an upper level ridge to the north of Fiji to become the dominant steering influence.

The next tropical cyclone advisory will be handled by RSMC Nadi at around 2:30 AM UTC..
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I don't know enough about the science to debate AGW, but I am inclined to believe it is partially man's (not woman's, haha) fault, and partially a cyclical/natural occurence.

However, IMO, Daryl Hannah is a dizzy dingbat, and therefore the film is a "not even gonna bother", for me.
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spring forward tomorrow at 2AM which is 3AM at the same time. EST-EDT


btw...hey Astro!
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Thanks Dr. Masters. Although I am not for this movie, I take a POV I don't even know how to describe so don't ask, nevertheless it is nice to see your point on this after seeing it on Dr. Rood's blog in the comments section.


My take in warmth: if it ain't going to snow no mo, then it might as well be warm, not cold.
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Riverside, California (Airport)
Updated: 10:53 AM PST on March 09, 2013
Partly Cloudy
56 °F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 62%
Dew Point: 43 °F
Wind: 4 mph Variable
Pressure: 30.09 in (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 7 out of 16
Pollen: 8.50 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds:
Few 2800 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 817 ft

58.0 here...
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Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 2:00 PM EST Saturday 9 March 2013
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 30.4 inches
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 3

Temperature: 42.4°F
Dewpoint: 28.9°F
Humidity: 59 %
Wind: SSE 7 mph
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Quoting allancalderini:
Why don`t you prefer warm weather after months of cold?


Most people prefer warm weather and do not tend to like the cold. A significant minority, however, do actually prefer cool/cold weather. I actually prefer the cold.
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weak tornados in N Portugal and Spain just now: Link Link Link
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Disgusting...look at the warm temperatures:

Why don`t you prefer warm weather after months of cold?
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more snow...I'm getting tired of saying that

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Thanks Dr. M...... but I would add some explenitives into that title, give it an 'R' rating, some sex.... of course pollination and MORE people would want to view it!

Take a little break... 60 degrees and I am loving it!!!!!!!!!!
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Quoting txjac:


I'm even going to bed an hour earlier ..love my sleep and you aint gonna steal an hour from me tonight
Now that's a great idea.... Thanks txjac
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
What a great day up here today, hardly a cloud in the sky and mid 40s! Almost didn't recognize the Sun this morning, lol. Lots of melting.


yes same here...very nice bright and warm day, lots of melting too
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What a great day up here today, hardly a cloud in the sky and mid 40s! Almost didn't recognize the Sun this morning, lol. Lots of melting.
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Thanks for the warning. Smacks of desperation, doesn't it.

Quoting yonzabam:
Very interesting, Dr. Masters, but I sincerely hope you don't get cyber attacked for the expose.

The comments sections of UK Telegraph climate change articles are overrun by deniers who appear to treat it as a full time job, and use the same techniques, as if they're using a manual.

Some weeks ago, I cut and pasted a comment from Dr Ricky Rood'd blog on to two Telegraph articles, one of them by arch sceptic, James Dellingpole. It described how people are hired to swamp these articles with their denierspeak.

My computer was immediately infected by a virus. This was an unusual, purely malicious virus, which prevented me posting on the Internet. As soon as I started to write, the # symbol ran riot, filling up the space. Same thing happened when I tried to type on google or the URL box.

It then attacked my IE, Chrome and Firefox icons, so it's pretty clear the virus was designed to keep me off the Internet. It also disabled 'system restore' and system restore safe mode.

I don't go on to The Telegraph site any more.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
A reminder for those who live in the U.S mainland to move clocks ahead one hour as Daylight Saving Time arrives at 2 AM EDT You will lose an hour of sleep and dont forget to change the batteries.
My biggest problem with this is how to set all of my clocks ahead an hour, Jeep, car, microwave, stove, alarm clock, regular clocks, Oh hell, I'll just wait six months and it will be ok again.... Geeez
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Thanks for the documentary review. I've sent the link along to those whom I know who should read it.
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