The project was expected to extol the virtues of the Green New Deal, solar panels and wind energy.
Unfortunately, when they look at the Green New Deal, reality set in and the documentary started to turn and the more they looked the uglier things got and now the documentary has done a 180 and they tell a different story than the one they anticipated.
For one thing, they found out that by eliminating all fossil fuels, there will be massive blackouts across this country on a regular basis.
You see, you cannot just build a power plant featuring wind or sun.
Since electricity cannot be stored and during periods that there is no sun or wind, no electricity can be produced.
When such a plant is built, a second plant using natural gas must be built.
NG plants can be put on standby and started up in a matter of minutes to produce electricity to replace the solar or wind energy that is not being produced.
They were also not happy when they found out that the Koch brothers were making a fortune making solar panels at their glass factory.
The film, which does not yet have distribution, is a low-budget but piercing examination of what the filmmakers say are the false promises of the environmental movement and why we’re still “addicted” to fossil fuels. Director Jeff Gibbs takes on electric cars, solar panels, windmills, biomass, biofuel, leading environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club, and even figures from Al Gore and Van Jones, who served as Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, to 350.org leader Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist and advocate for grassroots climate change movements.
Gibbs, who produced Moore’s Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, didn’t set out to take on the environmental movement. He said he wanted to know why things weren’t getting better. But when he started pulling on the thread, he and Moore said they were shocked to find how inextricably entangled alternative energy is with coal and natural gas, since they say everything from wind turbines to electric car charging stations are tethered to the grid, and even how two of the Koch brothers — Charles and David — are tied to solar panel production through their glass production business.
“It turned out the wakeup call was about our own side,” Gibbs said in a phone interview. “It was kind of crushing to discover that the things I believed in weren’t real, first of all, and then to discover not only are the solar panels and wind turbines not going to save us … but (also) that there is this whole dark side of the corporate money … It dawned on me that these technologies were just another profit center.”