Michael Moore-Backed YouTube Documentary Shows Impact

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A new documentary called Planet of the Humans, which was publicly released on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, revealed that biomass, solar farms, and biofuels are ruining the natural environment.

Planet of Humans is a documentary produced by Michael Moore, an Oscar-winning filmmaker. According to Moore, he assumed that solar panels will last forever and that he does not know what went into creating them.

The documentary featured both abandoned solar and industrial wind farms, as well as new ones being built. However, the new renewable farms were built after cutting down forests. Jeff Gibbs, another filmmaker, said while staring at a former solar farm that what he was seeing is a solar dead zone. He added that what he learned was that solar panels do not last forever. 

Planet of The YouTube Watching Humans

Similar to other environmental documentaries, Planet of the Humans suggests that the whole planet is running out of energy. A well-coiffed environmental leader said that everyone has to have their ability to consume reigned. On the other hand, a scientist said that there is no turning back without several major die-offs of the human population. 

But the truth is that humankind has never faced the risk of running out of energy. In fact, there have always been enough fossil fuels to power an entire civilization for hundreds and even thousands of years. Besides, the amount of nuclear energy that the world has is infinite. 

However, the apocalyptic rhetoric slightly detracts from the center of the documentary film, where pollution-driving natural gas and biomass are promoted by climate activists. 

What Planet of the Humans Debunked

The film exposed a vast amount of information that the public has never seen before. For instance, it shows Lisa Jackson, the former head of EPA and current head of Apple’s sustainability on stage, claiming that the Apple company is now on 100 percent renewable energy.

But contrary to Jackson’s statement, Gibbs interviewed a scientist who said that he still has not found a single entity anywhere around the world who is running on solar and wind energy alone. The film also showed a forest being cut down to build the solar farm of Apple. 

At a 2015 Earth Day, Denis Hayes, the Earth Day Founder claimed that the concert was powered by solar, Gibbs went backstage to confirm and found out that the show was run by a diesel generation system. 

Planet of the Human also focused on Elon Musk’s claims that his Gigafactory was powered by renewables when making batteries. However, in reality, the said battery factory was powered by an electric grid. 

According to a man who worked as a seller of solar manufacturing materials, some solar panels can only live for 10 years. 

YouTube Views Give Highlight to Wood-Burning Powerplant

On the other hand, Middlebury College in Vermont established a wood-burning powerplant. At its unveiling ceremony, McKibben asked the audience what powers a learning community. As an answer to his own question, he said that wood chips are the answer and that it was beautiful to see a bunker of wood chips. Meaning that anything that burns can be thrown into the powerplant, he encouraged that wood-burning powerplants must happen everywhere.

The documentary also debunked that 350.org’s climate activist Bill McKibben, along with the Sierra Club, supports Michigan’s ballot initiative. The said initiative would have required the said state by 2025 to acquire 25 percent of its electricity to renewables. Michigan’s action was backed by the interests if a biomass industrial. The efforts to build a biomass plant at Michigan State University were opposed by climate activists, including those from 350.org.

Back in 2016, an article for Grist.org was written by McKibben. In the article, he argued against producing electricity by burning biomass. But it seems as if McKibben went against his first stand and supported Michigan’s biomass industry.

Biofuels, Destruction, YouTube Subscribers

Scientists have already raised the alarm with biofuels and biomass as a cause of destruction around the globe. It was also documented that fuels produce much higher carbon emissions than gas and oil. It may also provide more carbon emissions than coal. 

The film also showed Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist telling 60 Minute’s Leslie Stahl that his biofuels plant produced clean and green gasoline. Stahl asked Khosla what the biofuels plant’s negative effect would be, and he answered that there is no downside. 

After one year, Khosla’s company filed for bankruptcy and then defaulted on a loan it got from the state of Mississippi that was worth $75 million. The company produced biofuels for $5 to $10 per gallon. However, it did think of the actual cost of building the plant. Khosla’s two earlier biofuel ventures have also gone bankrupt after facing hundreds of millions worth of federal government subsidies. Besides, Khosla’s company’s shareholders sued the company for fraud. 

Moreover, Planet of the Humans also revealed that in 2013, Al Gore received money from fossil fuel when he, along with a co-owner, sold to Al Jazeera the Current TV. Notably, Al Jazeera was state-funded by Qatar, a nation that exports gas whose citizens carry the largest per capita carbon footprint all over the world.

Conclusion: Are renewables really the answer to sustainability?

Many people think that they can save the environment by using renewables like solar panels and biogas. However, in reality, what is believed to be as environmental savers really destroy the situation further. As mentioned, large companies that use solar panel plants destroy forests to build these plants, which seems to go against saving the environment. 

Date: May 21, 2020 / Categories: Influencer Marketing, / Author: E O


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