Greedy Lying Bastards Documents Climate-Change Horrors

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AMC Sunset Place 24

5701 Sunset Drive, Ste. 300
South Miami, FL 33143

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Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

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Directed by Craig Rosebraugh. 90 minutes. Rated PG-13.

We can speak of climate change with a fair amount of certitude: shrinking Arctic ice cover, rising global temperatures, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events. Most of us acknowledge that things are getting worse faster than previously predicted and that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions have likely played a major role in this. Most of us, but not all. Craig Rosebraugh's documentary Greedy Lying Bastards (there's a not-at-all inflammatory title for you) shines a harsh light on the lengths the energy industry continues to go to in order to head off climate-related legislation -- and assure the public there's nothing wrong with continuing to rely on fossil fuels. Billionaire climate-change deniers (Koch Industries, ExxonMobil) funnel huge amounts of money to both "Astroturf" (fake grassroots) organizations and -- thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision -- like-minded politicians, who take office and immediately move to dismantle environmental regulations. Catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy and the 2011 drought have become depressingly commonplace, but Rosebraugh emphasizes a less dramatic but nonetheless sobering problem: forced relocation due to climate change. The homes of both Kivalina, Alaska, and the Tuvalu people of the South Pacific are threatened by rising oceans, and their plight is the canary in the coal mine for coastal communities across the globe. It's too bad Rosebraugh himself can be so off-putting. The data presented is horrifying enough without sarcastic narration, or his Roger & Me-style pursuit of an interview with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. At least this time around there's no rabbit lady.

 
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