ENVIRONMENT: For many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.
Iril Kolle
Published date: April 22, 2020

Director Michael Moore, known from a number of controversial TV series and films such as Bowling for Columbine (on US gun ownership) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (about the Bush administration’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) has now released its latest film Planet of The Humans, free on YouTube. The release flips with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The movie is directed by Jeff Gibbs, with Moore as executive producer. Gibbs is an environmentalist and a long-time partner of Moore – and a producer on, among other things, Bowling for Columbine.

For Planet of The Humans, the environmental movement «has lost the battle through well-intentioned but disastrous choices, such as the belief that solar panels and wind turbines will save us, by giving way to the interests of investors and companies on Wall Street.» The film was shown at Traverse City Film Festival last year and garnered some attention in the US, with renewed criticism (including from The Guardian) now that the movie was released on YouTube.

Planet of The Humans shows examples of how green solutions are not necessarily green: wind energy requires large amounts of copper and rare minerals. Solar power is criticized for its dependence on carbon and quartz for the construction of the solar panels. Both windmills and solar panels consist of components that cannot be recycled, such as the fiberglass mix used for the wind turbine blades.

«I discovered that the new technological solutions were just a new way of making money,» says Gibbs to the Associated Press, and acknowledges that the movie will be «a difficult pill to swallow» for many.

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