By Rubina Obaid
The documentary “Planet of humans” raised several questions and concerns about the rapid movement towards green energy sources and biomass. The documentary also revealed the entailing corruption and underneath hypocrisy in the rapid movement towards sustainable renewable energy sources.
Recently a documentary film has been released named “Planet of the humans” that was also made available on YouTube and became the highlights of the newspapers due to its highly controversial content regarding green energy. The documentary raised several questions and concerns about the rapid movement towards green energy sources and biomass. The documentary also revealed the entailing corruption and underneath hypocrisy in the rapid movement towards sustainable renewable energy sources. The story further sheds light upon the deficient resources and partial dependence upon green energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass and the underlying negative role of the capitalists and stakeholders.
The filmmaker Michael Moore, attacked America’s liberals and advocates of green energy Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy. The deceitful faces of these advocates and political influencers are considered as having a huge self-interest in the movement of green energy. Gibbs ticked all the boxes of upper echelons of politics and business who have made billions of dollars from green power. Solar and wind energy industries are playing a considerably important role in pretending to be saving the planet from climate change. One of the most unique aspects of the documentary is that, it has been produced by the famous green activists Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs. After supporting the green energy movement for several years, they became troubled due to the inconsistent approach, and hence gaining a closer look and in-depth investigation gave the real insight which led to this documentary.
An extract from a review of the film, that reflects the major findings is ” Solar panels and wind turbines cannot provide energy when there is no sun or wind and they may degrade after only a few decades. The film further highlights that due to their intermittency, they require the back up of fossil fuel in the manufacturing plant of silicon, cobalt, silver, and graphite and the same goes for manufacturing storage batteries. Factories that proclaim to be coal-free, is because of their greater reliance upon natural gas. Also, the entire industry of biomass, woodchips, and logging industry greatly depends upon fossil fuel energy for harvesting and transporting the material.
According to Gibbs, oil companies have huge stakes in green initiatives as large oil companies have acknowledged for being active in funding green power. In the same context Alex Kimani wrote that, “world’s largest oil traders are pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects as they also face growing pressure from investors, financiers, governments and activists to shift to a lower-carbon future.” The film holds capitalism responsible for the entire game, the crony capitalism that does not lead towards constructive competition by developing better products or being efficient rather providing the opportunity of monopoly. Green activists and environmentalists have financial ties with these energy capitalists and their allied banks. One after another scene in the documentary unfolded the fact that icons of green energy movement have strong ties with the logging industry, fossil fuel companies, and other corporate sponsors who are just pretending to be green in mission to gain greater control over the entire power sector.