Greedy Lying Bastards

Executive producer Daryl Hannah bedazzled the audience at Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto, on Friday touting her new documentary called Greedy Lying Bastards. Hannah has been a public advocate for a green lifestyle for more than a decade, through her writing and speaking engagements. She also runs the website and is the founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Photo courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

Daryl Hannah Photo courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s become very clear that we are suppressing ways to make energy that is infinite rather than finite, and clean, rather than these dirty fossil fuels,” Hannah told the audience after the screening. Companies that traffic in such fuels, she said, are “the wealthiest industries since the advent of money … so obviously they have no intention to stop, especially since, even in this economy, they’re still making record profits.” 

Hannah continued: “Weather is a little bit, almost, ephemeral or intangible; it’s hard for people to get their heads around. But the ocean is more acidic than it’s ever been in the history of our species on this planet. “That’s because there’s more carbon in the atmosphere. The ocean sequesters carbon for us, it gets absorbed in algae and it sinks down to the bottom of the ocean. … So that’s one thing that shows that the climate crisis is happening unequivocally.”

She went on to say that bad environmental practices are jeopardizing our water and food supply. “Our water tables and the amount of fresh water on this planet are seriously jeopardized and in danger,” she said. “And we’ve, as a global community, been over-pumping our aquifers to the extent that we’ve been falsely inflating food production on this planet.”

With wildfires in the west and “brown-outs” in the east, climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Farmers continue to lose crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl and unusual weather patterns continue to startle us. 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.

Oil companies and related interests spend millions annually 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.

The film reveals that the Koch brothers are bankrolling the Romney campaign contributing an estimated $400 million dollars adding a new dimension to Romney’s mocking of Obama’s 2008 promise to heal the planet.

Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil to convince the public and policymakers that the Earth is not really getting warmer — and to defeat measures aimed at curbing climate change.

Check your local paper and the internet for upcoming movie dates and times near you.

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