Exploiting Human Misery and Distorting the Science: An environmentalist’s critique of “Years of Living Dangerously”

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University

In “Years of Living Dangerously” Hollywood’s Don Cheadle partners with Christian climate scientist Katharine Heyhoe to convince fellow Christians that they should trust the climate scientists who blame the misery brought by a Texas drought on rising CO2. Indeed in times of natural climate calamities, people suffer and become insecure as they confront nature’s awesome power.

Unfortunately that is when charlatans exploit their misery, making it truly a time of living dangerously. Quick interviews with ranchers who still believe the drought was caused naturally or by God was a feeble attempt to suggest it is religion that has blinded ranchers to the purported “science” of catastrophic climate change. Instead the documentary evoked memories of the 1956 movie “The Rainmaker.” Rancher Noah Curry tells Burt Lancaster (who is playing the Bill Starbuck the rainmaker), “We…

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One thought on “Exploiting Human Misery and Distorting the Science: An environmentalist’s critique of “Years of Living Dangerously”

  1. Thank you for showing Hollywood’s and Christian extremists’ contribution to our government’s propaganda mill.

    As old propaganda is discredited, new propaganda is produced. The goal is always the same. To show that our political leaders control the Earth and it’s bounty !

    In fact, they are as powerless as the other inhabitants on a ball of dirt that is exactly one astronomical unit (1AU) away from the pulsar that:

    1. Made our elements.

    2. Birthed the solar system five billion years (5 Ga) ago.

    3. Sustained the origin and evolution of life after 3.5 Ga ago.

    4. Maintains contact and control of every atom, life and world in the solar system today – a region of space that is greater than the volume of ten billion, billion Earths !

    Recent measurements revealed that “annual mean cloud nucleation rates may vary 6.8% over solar cycles, far more than the 1-2% change in global cloudiness required to change global temperature.”


    That may well explain how cosmic rays from the Sun’s pulsar core [1] also control Earth’s climate.

    1. “A Journey to the core of the Sun,” – Chapter 2: Acceptance of Reality


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