In the Guardian Peter Kalmus of NASA declares that “The movie Don’t Look Up is satire. But speaking as a climate scientist doing everything I can to wake people up and avoid planetary destruction, it’s also the most accurate film about society’s terrifying non-response to climate breakdown I’ve seen.” What’s even more terrifying is to learn there are climate scientists who think climate change is just like a comet bringing planetary destruction in six months. If they really think that they deserve not to be listened to. As Judith Curry noted on her blog, many supporters of the movie “seem to think that the moral of the movie is Believe Experts… However, throughout the movie, every scientific institution ends up lying about the risk – the head of NASA, big tech CEO, government officials, and eventually the protagonist professor (Leonardo DiCaprio).” That would be the same DiCaprio who marked the new year cruising around St. Bart’s on a $150 million diesel-chugging yacht with a girlfriend half his age because that’s what you do when you want to convince everyone fossil fuel use is causing imminent planetary destruction.
We should insert here that DiCaprio, who also made his own full documentary on climate change, only finally completed high school years late via a General Equivalency Diploma. Speaking of people apparently welcome in the debate despite not exactly being scientists.
Now in case you missed it, Eric Worrall declares that Don’t Look Up was “a low budget amateurish version of Bruce Willis ‘Armageddon’, with all the funny bits removed.” Even the wildly unpredictable plot twist that the United States finally has a female president left him unmoved. In a wildly unpredictable plot spoiler, the first female president is actually a villain, sort of Donald Trump wears Prada. But Wikipedia by contrast, in a wildly predictable plot spoiler, claims that “numerous climate scientists and climate communicators have offered positive opinions on the film” including, in a wildly unpredictable plot twist, Michael Mann who is apparently a semi-inspiration for DiCaprio’s philandering sex symbol scientist.
Meanwhile Extinction Rebellion has announced that on April Fool’s Day 2022 it will mobilize two million protestors to engage in the “largest act of civil resistance in UK history”. Which, Eric Worrall notes, would mean attracting 3.5 percent of the British population to active lawbreaking involvement in its deeply unpopular cause. Good luck with that, mate. A winter of chilly discontent might not inspire the bourgeoisie to demand more of the same. Unless there are two million climate scientists in the UK.