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

2017, Environment  -  32 min Leave a Comment
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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.

Directed by: Bruce Livesey