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The Uncertainty Has Settled - A deadly earnest search

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The Uncertainty Has Settled - A deadly earnest search

Critical climate change, agriculture and Energy documentary

The title of this brand new and excellent climate change documentary is immediately the best reason to go to see it. Is the story of global warming true; that science has proved its point and there is no longer any need for debate? This is what Marijn Poels, a seasoned documentary filmmaker and journalist par excellence, wanted to find out. He’s driven and socially conscious, with his heart in the right place. This is how Marijn was raised by his socially aware parents. He describes himself as left and progressive. In addition, this documentary was entirely self-financed.

Marijn Poels is aware of how sensitive and polarising the subject of climate change can be. Any hint of bias or conflict of interest had to be avoided. The quality of the film is extremely high and this has not escaped the attention of international expert juries as Marijn has already received two awards for Best Documentary; one in Berlin and one in Los Angeles.

What is so beautiful and compelling in this documentary is the ignorance of the maker. Marijn stumbles from one surprise to another. You can see his disbelief and amazement and sometimes even read the despair in his face. The beautiful images and transitions, along with the necessary rest points, provide the viewer with the necessary breaks but at the same time evoke a desire for more information. The way in which the issue is addressed, the words used to interpret the information, make the film extremely suitable for all and sundry. Even for those who thought there was only one opinion on the subject of climate change and CO₂.

For Marijn this deadly earnest search proves to be a revelation. All certainties concerning climate doom and gloom and the CO₂ risk vanish one by one, hence the title "The Uncertainty Has Settled". Also because Marijn has an open mind when he talks to world-renowned scientists such as Freeman Dyson and Piers Corbyn. These two are so-called sceptics in the climate debate.

"They also didn’t appear to have the hooves and tail of the devil". 

Sceptical scientists are people to be avoided when it comes to climate debate, especially if you are from the world in which Marijn grew up. After all, these are climate negationists. At least, that is the basic view of the politically-correct progressive environmentalists; a group that Marijn thought he belonged to. Until he went to talk to those so-called climate negationists and had to conclude that they don’t spit fire and brimstone nor do they eat small children. They also didn’t appear to have the hooves and tail of the devil. That can make you question your faith alright.

Marijn contacted as many as 53 scientists who defend the so-called consensus on the climate. You know, the people who adamantly insist "the debate is over and the science is settled". Only two of them were willing to talk to him. That was a shock for the filmmaker. Why do scientists not even want to talk to a journalist who actually doesn’t know much about the subject?

Ordinary people

There are also the conversations with ordinary people, who are victims of the remote and detached politics in Europe, which add so much more to this documentary than just a collection of facts to show that you are in the right. The human factor is ever present; the painful exposure of failed politics aimed at reducing human CO₂, the devastating consequences for the landscape and nature, the income of entire populations that disappears and farmers who are busy producing energy instead of food. It eats away at the sense of justice of a man such as Marijn Poels.

The statement by Richard Lindzen, the climate scientist at MIT in Boston, comes to mind “ordinary people see trough man-made climate fears - but educated people are very vulnerable”. I’ve seen all the climate change documentaries – New Ice Age with Leonard Nimoy from 1976, The Greenhouse Conspiracy, broadcast in 1990 by Channel 4, The Inconvenient Truth, The Great Global Warming Swindle, The Boy That Cried Warming,  Climate Hustle, The Year Of Living Dangerously, Blue – but what Marijn has created beats them all, at least in my opinion. Only Blue comes close.

Just like Pandora's Promise from Robert Stone caused a nuclear renaissance in progressive circles in the US, this documentary has all the ingredients to become a milestone in the debate on climate change and the current welfare destructive politics surrounding that.

Mind you, many climate scientists and ecologists are beginning to quite openly turn against the big eco-bullies like Greenpeace, WWF and other multinational extremist ecological groups. According to those scientists, these environmental organisations are enemies of mankind; they stop economic development and slow down progress. Without realizing it, these organisations and their naive helpers are actually helping the multibillion eco-companies and major banks.

European politicians still do not realize that they are the spokespersons and implementers of this small but very well organised group of subsidised extremists. The day politicians realise this and turn off the money tap is the day their empire will crumble. Documentaries such as this one can be a catalyst for this to happen. The day the established press wants to recognise that deliberately withholding information only helps to promote populism and extremism may not be far away.

Written by: Jan Jacobs, politics and science journalist - The Post Online

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Per KurowskiMarch 3, 2017 5:52 PM

I just know that in order to have a fighting chance to fight climate change effectively, it is an absolute must to keep the climate-change-fight profiteers out of it.


jameshrustMay 15, 2017 4:35 PM

This appears to be a great documentary that points out aspects of the war on fossil fuels due to fears of catastrophic global warming that are not discussed by the mainstream media. Agriculture producing energy instead of food is a great example. In the U. S. we have a huge stripping of agriculture from producing food in the waste of 5.4 billion bushels of corn for producing ethanol and one billion bushels of soybeans for producing biodiesel. No thought of the adverse economic consequences of these actions.

It was recently pointed out it takes 79 workers in the solar industry to produce the same amount of electricity as one worker in the coal industry. Similar results may show it takes 100 workers in the ethanol industry to produce the same amount of energy as one worker in the gasoline industry. Our oil reserves are abundant, inexpensive, and geographically distributed.

Iowa is the first state to vote in presidential primaries. Iowa also produces 40 percent of the ethanol from corn on 40,000 farms. Presidential candidates, and Iowa politicians, bow down to the Ethanol Lobby over fears of not getting elected unless they support the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) of the 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act. This Act mandates 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. All these fuel types are more expensive than be produced by our oil industry.

James H. Rust, professor of nuclear engineering (ret. Georgia Tech)