Actress Daryl Hannah is the executive producer of the new eco-documentary “Greedy, Lying Bastards.” It’s creating some major buzz not just for the name, but for its focus on campaigns that deny climate change. Hannah talks about her movie and the importance of stopping climate change deniers. “They basically are in the business of selling doubt,” one person says in Hannah’s documentary, one of the most powerful lines in the movie.
“It’s true because there is actually a consensus that it is happening,” Hannah says. “That it is also human caused. However – and even – what’s really interesting, is even Rex Tillerson from Exxon now has finally acknowledged that climate change is actually happening. Even the Koch Brothers publicly come out and acknowledge it. But yet they still funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure that climate legislation isn’t passed. That there’s false information put out about the climate crisis and also about clean energy and its possibilities.”
Hannah explains that she hopes her movie helps people try to hold climate change deniers accountable.
“What we’re talking about is protecting our ability to survive and our vital life support systems. Now, there’s a way to do that and still create jobs that are domestic jobs with safe, clean energy. And that’s where we should be putting all of our resources,” she adds.
What happens when one industry has too much power? Politicians become pawns. Laws are created and prevented. Regulations are bypassed. Information is controlled. Dissent is stifled. Our climate changes. And people die.
Wildfires in the West. “Brown-Outs” in the East. Farmers losing crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future but a startling reality of today. The U.S. Pentagon believes it to be a matter of national and international security. Yet, as the evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves a human causation, there continues to be no political action to thwart the warming of our planet.
“Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. Filmmaker and political activist Craig Rosebraugh documents the impact of an industry that has continually put profits before people, waged a campaign of lies designed to thwart measures to combat climate change, used its clout to minimize infringing regulations and undermined the political process in the U.S. and abroad.
Millions are spent each year by oil and related interests to fund the think tanks, groups, scientists and politicians waging what the film deems a campaign of deceit regarding the science of climate change and its dire impact on the planet. Between 1998 and 2012, “Greedy Lying Bastards” reports ExxonMobil spent over $25 million to dispel claims of global warming. The Koch brothers, who run the conglomerate Koch Industries, also provide significant funding. From 1997 through 2012, they spent over $60 million.
A far different story about climate change is told by the residents of Kivalina, a small Alaskan island above the Arctic Circle. Over the last fifty years, winter temperatures have risen nearly seven degrees and the ice that once protected the land is not forming properly leading to increasing erosion. As one tribal administrator notes: “The debate is over, we are dealing with the realities of climate change.”
“Greedy Lying Bastards” also presents a shocking analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United. According to the film, not only did this 2010 ruling pave the way for unlimited corporate contributions to political campaigns, but additionally it highlighted the blatant corruption of the country’s highest Court and its cozy relationship with top corporate interests.