Shaping the Media Message: Documentary Films

These documentaries that spread doubt about global warming were funded by energy companies or feature their paid global warming skeptics.

“The Greening of Planet Earth”
This documentary film was produced by Western Fuels Association, via the now-defunct subgroup “The Greening Earth Society,” an organization that promoted the idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) has beneficial effects on the earth’s biosphere and humankind.
“The Great Global Warming Swindle”
This documentary film aired on the U.K.'s Channel 4 station in March 2007 and has been the source of heated controversy. While there is no indication that the documentary itself was funded by the energy industry, it features a long list of global warming skeptics who have been funded for years by ExxonMobil and others in the oil, coal, and gas industries. Featured interviewees include: Dr. S. Fred Singer, Dr. Patrick Michaels, and Richard Lindzen. RealClimate.org, a website on climate science created by meteorologists, geochemists, and climate scientists from prominent universities and NASA, rebuts each argument in the film one by one.

 

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