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Thursday, May 13, 2004


Hitch your wagon to a dud
No, I'm not talking about John Kerry. A long time ago, I signed up with nutty-left group MoveOn.org in order to easily send pro-Bush and pro-War comments to my senators. Since then, I've been getting their emails. It's a good way of keeping track of the opposition, though maybe I should sign up to recieve emails from a more sensible lefty group.

Yesterday I got an email with the subject "The movie the White House doesn't want you to see." Was this some sort of disgusting tripe about Abu Grahib? No, nothing that infuriating, but something much more ridiculous:
On Memorial Day weekend, Hollywood is releasing a summer blockbuster movie that's making the Bush administration very nervous. In fact, they'd rather you didn't see it at all.

Why? Because it's a disaster movie about global warming.

While "The Day After Tomorrow" is more science fiction than science fact, everyone will be talking about it -- and asking "Could it really happen?" This is an unprecedented opportunity to talk to millions of Americans about the real dangers of global warming and expose President Bush's foot-dragging on the issue.
There's plenty of absurdity here to dissect. Other, better writers than I have already discussed the predictable absurdity of using a science fiction movie to convince people that global warming is not only real, but caused by human action, and reversible by human action, and that we'd even want to reverse it were it true, and that the specific way to reverse it is to adopt the Kyoto Treaty. So I won't discuss the fact that making political hay out of this movie makes about as much sense as basing a campaign for a Global Defense System off of the movie Armageddon.

What is absolutely ridiculous is the claim that "the White House doesn't want you to see this film!" If it weren't so petty, it would be libel. How do they know what they say is true? They don't. They're making it up.

On the other hand, it's brilliant on the part of the filmmakers--they've tapped into an audience that is remarkably easy to manipulate. Just tell 'em "Bush hates this movie" and they're already in line! The treatment of this movie by environmentalists is similar to the Christian response to The Passion, which makes sense, as environmentalism is more a religion than anything else these days. On the other hand, as the marvelous new conservative environmental blog The Commons points out, The Day After Tommorow is apparently a much lamer movie.
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