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Government response to global warming has been mired in controversy. Are nations doing enough to curb the crisis, or are they overreacting? At the center of this debate lies the United States. Many believe the gridlock in Washington has prevented the U.S. from taking a meaningful leadership role in the fight against climate change. The producers of the documentary Regcession take a different view. For them, the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have only worked to line the pockets of emerging Green Movement industries while placing the nation's economy at risk with oppressive and profit-crushing regulations.

The filmmakers contend that the U.S. is undergoing more than just a periodic recession. Amidst a tidal wave of crippling regulations, businesses are forgoing national duty by moving overseas for the promise of greater profits. This mass exodus has decimated the U.S. economy, and fostered a culture where it's acceptable for American-bred companies to abandon their own. The film asserts that these same attitudes are reflected in the U.S. government's assumed role as the world's policemen. They borrow money from foreign nations for the benefit of interests outside of their own country, mire themselves in wars that fatten the bottom lines of international corporations, and bail out auto manufacturers who continue to produce 70% of their vehicles overseas.

Regcession argues the following: Global warming is the culmination of this disastrous mindset - the death knell of the "America First" movement - and yet another ruse designed to embolden foreign corporations while the American worker suffers in poverty. The media has wholeheartedly embraced this juicy doomsday scenario, and successfully indoctrinated its dogma onto the American people.

Though its main goal may be to convert believers of climate change, the film will appeal mostly to those who already view it as a hoax. Climate change advocates, particularly those who support the efforts of President Barack Obama, will likely find much of the film's content intolerable. The filmmakers approach the subject in broad strokes, overlooking much of the evidence that supports the existence of climate change, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community who stand behind it. Viewers may also find much to ridicule in the film's most flamboyant conspiracy theories, such as tying the movement to save the Spotted Owl to the devastating rise in opiate abuse.