I just finished watching Frontline: Hot Politics, and I think this was such a great overview of climate change history and politics. I was born in 1987, and the discussion of “Hot Politics” begins in 1988. It really opened my eyes to the push back politically climate change has had over my whole life time. I’ve heard the stories about when climate change studies started and scientists noted connection between temperature and carbon dioxide. This was a great presentation of the climate change problem from a political perspective. The first section of the film was entitled “Time to Stop Waffling” and 20 years later – my whole lifetime – we’re still seeing waffling among politicians.
I really liked how the film showed the transformation in public opinion and corporate action on climate change issues especially in the beginning of this century despite censorship by our own government. It makes me angry at our government for trying to hide something so critical to the health of our future. I was familiar with the TXU protests and buyout and Big Business moves on Capitol Hill, however this show made me see what a change of public opinion it was and how it came about from despite administration choices to try and hide climate change from the public. Recognition and action against the problem of climate change despite political effort to hide the issue makes me feel good about our future to find solutions in improving our energy practices which have a negative effect on the environment.
For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, I hope you enjoy it and get as much out of it as I did. I look forward to hearing your responses to the show.