Satirical Video Spoofs Climate Change Conspiracy Theorists

Conspiracies are typically supposed to result in some sort of financial gain.
Nov 1, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

If convincing the world that drastic changes are needed to avoid the consequences of climate change is part of a conspiracy theory, it’s a pretty lame one.

“How exactly are we going to get rich and powerful?” a green-hued character named Admiral Earth asks a cartoon Al Gore in the above satricial video, created by The Guardian and College Humor. The skit envisions Gore as a maniacal overlord, hungry for money and influence. But his plan to use scientific studies to prove to people that the effects of climate change are dangerous doesn’t quite amount to a scheme rife with profits.

“See, it’s only really a conspiracy if, you know, you’re gaining somehow,” Professor Deception explains to Gore.

Skeptics tend to believe there is a conspiracy involved in convincing the world that climate change is caused by humans, according to a July study from the University of Bristol. Generally, conspiracy theories are secret plots by powerful individuals or organizations designed to bring in more money and power.

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Gore’s cartoon cohorts argue that there’s little money to be made from cornering the market on renewable energy and note that Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, didn’t bring in loads of cash. (Disclosure: An Inconvenient Truth was produced by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company.)

Roughly 70 percent of Americans believe humans have caused climate change, according to the most recent figures from a University of Michigan survey. That’s the highest number since the survey began in 2009. In comparison, in the scientific community, more than 99 percent of scientists concur that humans are causing global warming.

Although skeptics continue to debate, Gore’s team of schemers has had enough. They abandon the former vice president, believing the only thing they have to gain by convincing the world that climate change is real is a safer planet for generations to come.