Whooda thunk it? A movie with a plot line that is reminiscent of Dr. James Hansen’s testimony before congress in June 1988.
If any of you have ever been in Washington DC during the summertime, you’ll be able to relate to this. Senator Timothy Wirth made sure that room was “steamy”. This transcript excerpt is from PBS series Frontline which aired a special in April 2007.
TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo, it was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it.
DEBORAH AMOS: [on camera] Did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?
TIMOTHY WIRTH: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room. And so when the- when the hearing occurred, there was not only bliss, which is television cameras and double figures, but it was really hot.[Shot of witnesses at hearing]
Watch the Frontline video here.
So what exactly does happen to the mindset and health of a bunch of people when you lock then in a hot, steamy, room under the premise of teaching them about global warming?
From Tim Blair, It’s the greatest global warming movie never seen:
A former professor concocts a brutal experiment in order to get the word out on the effects of global warming. By trapping six people in an urban Turkish bathhouse, he vows to overheat his hostages unless his global-warming hypothesis is published on the front page of his local paper.
Starring Val Kilmer as the professor. Apparently The Chaos Experiment opened in just two cinemas before hitting the “use these as drink coasters” bins at DVD outlets. A small plot flaw, evident even before seeing the film: the deranged academic had to threaten people before his warming theories were published?
Gosh, I wonder if this plot line would work with a closed room with some industrial strength air conditioning and some NYT and Nature editors? ;-)
Here is the official movie website.
But apparently it has been released now under a different name aka The Chaos Experiment ?
WOOD-TV writes that it was filmed in Michigan. Your tax dollars at work:
“The Chaos Experiment” is one of 34 films shot in Michigan since tax incentives were put in place to lure filmmakers to Michigan.
I wonder if Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow could feel the volatility of this global warming movie during filming?
By either name, it seems that it doesn’t even appear in Yahoo’s Movie Box Office Ranking for any of the last three weeks. With over 100 films listed, “straight to video” might be too kind.
At the IMDB Movie database one reviewer writes:
I rent DVD’s to pass the time on airplanes. Sadly, staring out at the clouds would have been better entertainment than this.
And probably more instructive as to how the atmosphere works.
h/t to Kate at SDA