Climate of doubt

DVD - 2012

Four years ago, climate change was hot. Politicians from both parties, pressed by an anxious public, seemed poised to act. But that was then. Today, public opinion about the climate issue has cooled, and politicians either ignore the issue or loudly proclaim their skepticism of scientific evidence that human activity is imperiling the planet. What's behind this reversal? FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.

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[Arlington, Va.] : PBS : Distributed by PBS Distribution c2012.
Corporate Authors
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), PBS Distribution (Firm)
Corporate Authors
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) (-), PBS Distribution (Firm)
Item Description
"Frontline is a production of WGBH/Boston..."
Physical Description
1 videodisc (approx. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; stereo.
TV parental guidelines rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Tim Grucza ; editor, Chad Ervin ; production associate and researcher, Brian Taylor ; music, John E. Low.
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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Correspondent John Hockenberry interviews people on both sides of the climate debate to examine the public's changed perspective toward the issue. Conservative groups such as the Heartland Institute and the Cato Institute lead the anti-climate change debate and spend large sums of money to influence elections. Their spokespersons have challenged the science and worked to break down the public consensus that global warming exists and that humans play a major role. Hockenberry's analysis ties this change to the downturn in the economy. The recession made people afraid of financial collapse and the climate change doubters saw their chance. The results are outlined and include Cap and Trade legislation failing to pass through Congress; the Tea Party growth; the increasing influence of alternative science views and their expression at rallies, in publications, and at meetings such as the American Dream Summit. The goal is to confuse the issue and stop the debate by creating doubt in the existence of climate change and contempt for those who support the science. This program asserts the thesis that free market people and anti-liberals have united with climate change doubters and are working to achieve a limited government. Social science classes, and especially economics classes, can utilize this film to study a timely issue and to spark debate.-Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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