This week, 250 news organizations around the world are colluding to produce global warming propaganda in the days surrounding the UN climate summit on September 23. Variety magazine is one of the publications involved and they reported on Hollywood’s efforts to combat global warming, wondering if the entertainment industry is doing enough to sway public opinion.
For them to act like celebrities, reporters and politicians haven’t already been fear mongering about climate change for decades is laughable. As the Newsbusters’ TV Blog has documented over the years, global warming stories have flooded the airwaves. Here are the top 5 worst global warming scenes so far this year.
'Madam Secretary' Lectures Christians: ‘Hard to Claim You Love the Creator, If You're Ignoring’ Global Warming
In the liberal fantasy world of CBS's Madam Secretary, where an idealized version of Hillary Clinton is our fearless leader, they're always preaching about climate change. The March 17 episode, titled “The New Normal,” went even further by having Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord’s (Téa Leoni) husband Henry (Tim Daly) quote Scripture in an attempt to shame Christians.
Henry: Genesis 2:15 uses two Hebrew words to describe God's purpose in placing man in the Garden of Eden: "Avad" and "Shamar." Meaning "Serve" and "Protect." It's the core of our purpose here on Earth, and our instruction for worshipping God. But it's hard to claim you love the Creator, if you're ignoring the profound harm being done to His masterpiece. The longer we neglect our duty to God, the farther we stray from His purpose, and the closer we are to succumbing to an existential threat to humanity: Climate change.
Elizabeth: I know that wasn't the speech you imagined.
Eli: The whole point of the invitation was unity.
Elizabeth: We face a common threat. Solidarity is our only option.
Eli: Your husband quoted Genesis, but the moral of that book is that humans are fallible. Most doctors used to think that leeches cured pneumonia.
Elizabeth: You really want to put your chips on that square? Your megachurch is in a flood zone near Greensboro. Millions of your followers are within reach of Atlantic hurricanes. We can help protect 'em, but we need to act now.
Eli: Ma'am, I'll level with you. In my opinion, this whole climate thing is just a Trojan horse to grow the power of the federal government and undermine our liberty.
Elizabeth: Not the government I work for. Or one I want to lead.
The HBO drama Years and Years, paints a doombsday picture of the future. In the second episode, which aired on July 1, the year is 2025, the Lyons family has just heard the news that the "North Pole melted” and Edith (Jessica Hynes) goes on a rant about how she warned people but now it's too late.
Edith: We keep saying, you've got ten more years to sort out climate change, you've got ten more years to sort out flooding, you've got ten more years to sort out the rain forest. We've been saying that for 30 years. It's too late. We've run out of time. Everyone knows it. You can recycle and campaign and go on marches. We are going to flood and burn and starve. And we won't die, I'm not saying that. The human race is gonna carry on, living on plateaus. (Laughs) Like shepherds, little villages, maybe with a computer in a hut, go and visit once a week, and then go back to growing your little patch of corn. And you might be digging out some rocks and singing Elvis to yourself, or the Beatles, but you won't know who they are anymore. Just folk songs from long ago.
CW's summer sci-fi series Pandora, another futuristic show, was somehow able to work in both climate change and anti-Trump propaganda. It's a little complicated to explain due to the time travel involved, but in a nutshell, the August 27 episode “Time Out of Mind” takes us to a flackback to a 2039 climate conference when two political figures came out with opposing plans, one proposing to leave the Earth to help the planet heal itself and the other, Nelson Fisk (Alexander Hanson), demanding they stay to “make Earth great again.” Meanwhile, we hear Fisk, a Trumpian wealthy political figure who opposes an expensive environmentalist agenda, give an exposition about scamming the people of Earth and leaving them to die.
Fisk on phone: She's a science nerd. They want sizzle, not steak.
Her Migration plan will be dead on arrival once I give my proposal.
Fisk on TV: - can't just run away. We can and we will make the Earth great again…
Fisk on phone: If you think that's passion, wait for the final speech. I’ve got my young protégé free to take care of Professor Markovitz and Dr. Beckman. By the time anyone finds out the CO2 scrubbers don’t work we’ll be rich and long gone from this doomed planet, don’t worry. I don’t know, maybe Lui’s migration to the stars plan would have worked – who knows, but who cares? You know, if they’re lucky maybe she’ll even get a few ships off world before too many people die when they realize our carbon scrubbers are pure fantasy and don’t work. Got to go. Duty calls. Very important meeting.
Now, here's a story that will remind you of Greta Thunberg. In the May 8 episode of NBC’s Chicago Med, titled “More Harm Than Good,” a teen girl named Meadow is wheeled into the E.D. after poisoning herself with thallium. She refuses to take the antidote because wants to be a martyr to draw the public's attention to global warming.
Dr. Manning: This is the mission statement of the Angels of the Earth. I've read it three times now.
Meadow: Are you beginning to understand, then?
Dr. Manning: I'm trying to. As a scientist, I agree. But I'm having a hard time believing that the planet is doomed to become uninhabitable. Or how poisoning ourself with thallium will change that.
Meadow: Would you have heard of the Angels of the Earth otherwise if I wasn't here?
Dr. Manning: So you're a martyr?
Meadow: In 1963, a monk set himself on fire in protest of the Vietnamese government's discriminatory laws against Buddhism. The government was overthrown.
Dr. Manning: Is that your hope? That the government is overthrown?
Meadow: No. My--my hope is that people wake up and take action instead of continuing to cook our planet by burning fossil fuels.
Dr. Manning: So then you believe the planet can be saved.
Meadow: You're twisting my words.
Dr. Manning: I'm not.
Dr. Manning: Your logic is flawed. You want people to change, but you also think that change will be meaningless. So what is the point of martyring yourself if it's unclear what you stand for?
Meadow: I-I'm not taking your pills.
Even sweet, romantic comedies aren't imune to being hijacked by the climate change agenda. In Hulu's Four Weddings and a Funeral series, Maya (Natalie Emmanuel) is a young liberal American working for an older conservative Member of Parliament in London, Andrew Aldridge (Alex Jennings). When the two butt heads in the August 21 episode "The Sound of Music," generational differences are brought up with Maya blaming Andrew for the certain death global warming will surely bring.
Andrew: Don't lecture me. I've been in office since before you were born. The problem with your generation is you don't know what a hard choice looks like.
Maya: First of all, my generation is drowning in your generation's debt, and we're all gonna die of climate change. Second of all, "It is incumbent on us as public servants to give voice to the voiceless."
With the fall TV season starting next week and Hollywood pledging to redouble their efforts, we are sure to see a lot more global warming hysteria soon on the small screen. Stay tuned!