Donald Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

2017, Environment  -   29 Comments
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Our planet is riddled with floods, rising sea levels, severe weather, drought, and the highest temperatures in recorded history. Up to 99% of climate scientists agree that the current trajectory of the climate crisis will lead us to an apocalyptic scenario of unimaginable proportions. So why do so many leaders in Washington stand in direct opposition to the science behind climate change? Donald Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science exposes the reasoning behind their willful ignorance, and the real power players who pull their strings.

Narrated by acclaimed actor and activist Danny Glover, the film examines threats to the climate change movement in the age of President Donald Trump. A climate change denier, Trump has set many of his most egregious campaign promises into action since taking office. He's pulled out of the Paris Agreement, a United Nations climate accord that seeks to curb greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. He's rolled back many of the climate regulations set forth by the previous administration, and he's reinstated construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. He's even appointment a fellow climate change denier as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the information contained in the film, Trump's actions are symptomatic of a disease which has gripped the majority of America's Republican Party. The main purveyors of this virus are David and Charles Koch, a hugely successful team of brothers who have earned billions of dollars in the oil industry. Decades ago, they sensed the threat that climate change regulations might pose to their bottom line, and have used their enormous cash reserves to influence elections and sway public opinion ever since. From their seed has grown an entire industry devoted to denying the reality of global warming, including a new generation of political strategists, media pitchmen, and special interest groups.

Donald Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science is a damning indictment of a political system that allows money and influence to silence the voice of the American people. This dynamic puts the notion of democracy - and the future of Earth itself - at risk.

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29 Comments / User Reviews

  1. David Lawrence

    Watching this video and thinking of the role the Koch brothers are playing in the trashing of this planet, I'm reminded of the lyrics of Bob Dylan's iconic song "Masters of War".
    "Let me ask you one question
    Is your money that good?
    Will it buy you forgiveness?
    Do you think that it would?
    Oh, I think you will find
    When your death takes its toll
    All the money you made will never buy back your soul"

  2. J.K.

    I am pro-conservation. I also believe man is causing damage to our planet. With that being said, the "97%" stat was debunked a long time ago. It is sickening to see how politics have influenced current science. The scientists leading the climate-change are so dishonest as demonstrated in the Climategate 1 and Climategate 2 emails. It is sad that scientists will cross that line, going against everything science is about.
    If you are a person that genuinely believes the "97%" stat, I hope you can take a few minutes and look into the Climategate 1 & 2 emails. If climate change is as bad as we are being told, why would they send those emails to each other? Why use a phony "97%" stat?

  3. kevin

    looks like good site, but I'm new to this. Could you please email me with simple instructions about how to download your documentaries so I can watch them later on tv?

  4. Cold

    I think many of us are either not surprised by this information or already knew. The real problem is that documentaries often point out problems and offer no real solutions. What exactly are we supposed to do about the fact that these rich people have hijacked our democracy? I've thought about it for years. I don't have an answer and neither does this documentary.

  5. Al Gore

    Well some where in the middle lies the truth 97% of scientist say yes but there payed by democratic party Obama Administration \Globolists and there donors Paris Accord punished America very complicated

  6. Trumpisashithead

    All you trump tards are hilarious. Not a single brain cell that functions properly, thus making all of us look idiotic. I cant believe how fast Idiocracy has taken hold in amerika. Ignorance is bliss, and you mongoloids are a special kind of moronic. Learn the facts, quit spewing faux news bs. That is all.

  7. KsDevil

    Just like the frog in a pan of water, people don't experience climate change in human time.
    The global warming and the climate change effects happen too slow for people to notice. Because of that, many deny the near term climate science or make ignorant excuses.
    The latest climate model analysis of climate change shows we have been given a reprieve thanks to green energy initiatives.
    Solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies are actually working to slow down the warming. We just need to keep going on that track.

  8. Mark

    It is amazing the amount of work that has gone into the climate change hoax. A conspiracy of epic proportions. Imagine the effort it has taken to get thousands of scientists to convince the governments of their respective nations, almost 200 countries, to agree to sign the Paris Accord. And not just climate scientists, they got biologists, chemists, physicists and even mathematicians to agree on terms like CO2 emissions, rising sea levels, severe droughts and intense wildfires. And really, to blame most of it on one industry with same consistent global warming message, absolutely brilliant marketing, a highly focused group of diverse people and nations. Unbelievable amount of work to pull off such a scam, all the research papers and conferences and debates and sharing of information, just incredible. Especially when one considers the amount of time that has gone into it all, literally decades of sustained work just to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. How did they get the Great Barrier Reef to look so dead? And all those glaciers melting, I mean that must just be special effects or something. All I can say hats off to all those folks, they weren't just fooling around.

  9. nandit

    climate change is a farce....

    1. Wilbur

      Excuse me while I unload another truck with sandbags, I’m tied of treading water

  10. Gary B.

    there are lot of things contributing to global warming , man's activity is the main one.
    you have to excuse the ignorance of the majority. The rich 1% of the world don't care about
    anyone else. money talks and bullshit walks. they figure that they won't be the one's that'll
    be have to deal with it ,the next generation will.

  11. Linda

    Global warming, global cooling, hurricanes, tornados, melting ice caps, volcanic eruptions, etc. etc. have been happening for eons are the work of Mother Nature. Volcanos erupt all the time and I would think they add quite a lot to the green house effect. Termites supply a lot of methane gas, actually more than cows and other animals. Yes humans contribute a lot also by using gas and electric for heating and cooling their homes, cooking and refrigerating their food, driving to work , vacation destinations, shopping, church in their automobiles, buses, trains and planes all of which use oil,coal or electricity. All of which I would deem essentials. Now I will list a few non essential things that in my opinion use a lot more than the average human. WAR . Which has been damn near going on continuously since The Korean War. I have yet to see any mention anywhere from anyone about the pollution of our atmosphere from WAR !! Or the production of PLASTIC the most VIAL product ever conceived . Both of which we DID NOT ASK FOR !! NOR DO WE NEED !!!!! And BECAUSE we have been FORCED to comply with the use of PLASTIC and give away our CHILREN to the WAR MACHINE, we are also FORCED to now spend BILLIONS OF DOLLARS while we " FRACK " crushing rocks to squeeze every TINY bit of OIL out of them that we can. At the same time destroying more and more of OUR PRECIOUS EARTH. And leaving tons of NON-PERISHABLE plastic in land fills and filling our oceans . There is one plastic pile in the pacific the size of ...TEXAS...!!! WE NEED TO STOP and OPEN OUR EYES...".CAUSE THERE IS a BAD MOON ARISING "!!!

    1. Wilbur

      Well said, Wall Street’s mankind’s worst enemy, trash the planet and the fertile ground we stand on for what? So INC can put another billion in the bank, we are f—— dooooooomed !

  12. Spanizhondje

    Difficult to watch. The voice-over has a slizzz in his voice.

    Save the beezzz #:P

  13. Dorethea

    The Kochs have always been on the side of more Billions for themselves!!! How many Billions do the brothers need? Will they go for addiction therapy, soon?... for their money addiction. I hope such selfishness is curable. Perhaps deport them for always?

  14. Caroline Griffiths

    Cow farts are also attributable to man because we farm the cows for milk and meat.

  15. D Suriyamoorthy

    1. I would have appreciated if it were a scientific documentary. I was disappointed to watch it. It was entirely a political documentary. Almost every speaker was spewing out venom to a disgusting level.
    2. I am a science student. I had explored the internet on the matter of carbon and climate change. Those who say carbon emission is the culprit of adverse climate change are a big crowd and noisy. They are in large numbers and had occupied positions in U. N. Committees. But there are science people, who are just handful, who point out that this concept of carbon and climate change is a big hoax—that includes a Physics Nobel Laureate.
    3. I have evaluated the arguments and evidences for both sides and I am convinced that climate change noise is a big hoax. Mob mentality stalks these pseudo “scientists”.

  16. Sharis

    That lisp though

  17. Ronald Reil

    "Global Warming" is a fact, no question about that, but man caused global warming is not. Also, it was much hotter during the 1930s than it is now. Global Warming is a Political Correctness football that has resulted in a huge misinformation campaign, such as this video. The 99% climate scientist support is also not true. Many of the names on that list do not support man caused climate warming and have had to threaten legal action to get their names removed. The numb er sho support man caused global warming may be less than 33%. The two videos linked below document how the phony data is being generated, and also the reason for this action. The links will not come through, but you can copy them into the YouTube search window to find them. The top one about NASA is particularly revealing. The real historical data is being removed and fake lower temper data substituted, as can be proven by consulting archived newspaper weather data, which NASA can't get rid of.

    NASA Climate Data Fraud - Trend “Completely Fake” And “Manipulated!"

    Global Warming Hoax, Best Document Ever

    Ron

  18. Wow

    Jon is the type of person who has zero knowledge in science, lacks and credentials in the field, and has conducted no science of his own, as well as never actually reading/comprehending a single paper concerning greenhouse gases or other factors impacting climate change. BUT HE KNOWS IT IS A LIE!!!!! Jon, thank you for your overhwelming words of wisdom. I'd love to see the plethora of papers and citations you have for having such a brilliant stance on something you know nothing about :). You are one of the people that make America look like the most idiotic country in the world. Only an Americans are stupid enough to deny science so blatantly obvious that literally every other developed country in the world has taken steps to abate the damage already being inflicted.... I sometimes hate this county (don't tell me to get out. I would if it was easy. Would love to live in Australia).

  19. gregorr

    The one of worst propaganda bs I've ever started to watch . . . It took me 10 sec to see what is the assumption of this doc. And john is right: when did it rise to 99%?
    So, well, no thanks.

  20. Paul

    Oh yes global warming is true "I believe it" The only way to fix it is to give me more political power. yes it's true "See it rained here" "look a piece fell off a glacier here" or " ya scientists say it's true" or " your an idiot if you don't believe it"

  21. Gabriella

    Trump will refute anything that is not in line with his agenda. His only goals - power and wealth. Climate change is a fact. Trump and his lackeys are science illiterates.

  22. Mike.m

    Climate change happens humans do not add to it as much as cows farting .Look at the real science facts instead of. Attacking Donald all the time.And is it not time to admit HE WON you lost,get over it !!

    1. Achems Razor

      Cows farting? Yes! methane gas is one of the contributors to global warming, how about all the bugs farting in the world? They contribute up to 10% or more of methane gas' yes, they do fart. There have been climate changes throughout the ages. Even pole magnetic shifts.
      But now a cash cow like global warming has come along so why not fleece us poor little carbon units for all the 1% can get?

  23. mike mathwig

    white radicals are fast becoming the minority in this country.
    i have patience and am laughing to colbert all the while as i watch you all rant and rave and age and lose.............bit by hilarious bit.

    Bye

  24. Jon

    Because Trump doesn't support the "Global Warming" lie, means it's true?? Nice logic. Many scientists names were used for the Global Warming Scandal, and refute the science. This is simply NWO programming.

  25. john

    Oh so now it's 99% of scientists agree lol?

  26. elaine

    needs subtitles