The Godzilla In The Room: Climate Change (Video)


by Marcia Yerman

The use of comedy and satire to inform and challenge has a long tradition. Before Lenny Bruce was taking on political issues, Aristophanes was writing about the futility of the Peloponnesian War in his play Lysistrata.

Now, a new video has gone viral with over 1,200,000 views. It takes on climate issues using an entertaining spin for a topic that is far from amusing. Posted by FakeNBC12, which describes itself as “the best fake news Twitter account in Richmond, Virginia,” weatherman Aaron Justus gives a forecast that is sure to be remembered…

It’s a very entertaining piece, except for the fact that the ironies may be missed by many of the million plus viewers.

My first awareness of the importance of weather and climate change came when I heard Van Jones speak at the Personal Democracy Forum in 2008. He quoted James Hansen, known as the grandfather of global warming,” who has been sounding the alarm that the planet is at the last moment to shift to a dire outcome.

Jones recounted the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the California wildfires brought on by drought, the Iowa breadbasket under water, and the tornado that had traveled through downtown Atlanta. He suggested that the scariest channel on television was the Weather Channel — a source of information on the disasters to come. His takeaway was to build a green economy to beat global warming, and seek economic solutions in a “green New Deal.”

This year, Hansen addressed a TED conference with a talk titled, Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change.” In this basic primer, Hansen clarified the greenhouse effect, global warming, and how both excessive rain and drought add to the earth’s energy imbalance. His explanations help to make sense of the current stats showing that the past year has been the warmest twelve months in the United States since 1895 — when official records started being kept. He spoke of the Monarch butterfly being extinct by 2099, droughts and floods leading to famine, and a “…climate system spiraling out of control…The science is clear.”

The absurd extremes of the weather video are reflected in real occurrences that are ravaging the country. They include the dry June conditions that have adversely affected Utah, Colorado, and most severely Wyoming — to the wet June that left Florida with more than 24 inches of rain in some locations.

Losing mass in Greenland and Antarctica may seem far away. However, in our capitol city of Washington, D.C. there was an eleven-day heat wave from the end of June through the Independence Day holiday. You would think that on June 29, the hottest day of the month when the mercury hit 104 degrees, our elected officials would take notice.

It doesn’t seem likely that the 112th Congress is going to take any initiatives on counteracting these concerns. A June 18, 2012 report by the Minority Staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce confirms that. The Republican-led House has voted against environmental legislation 247 times in the past 18 months. Constituents must start the ball rolling by reaching out to the top — the Democratic and Republican nominees for president — by demanding they present a plan to the public on how they would move forward to end greenhouse gas pollution.

Why? Because no mom wants the Godzilla scenario to become their child’s future.

Tell the presidential candidates to talk about global warming.


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Photo credit: NBC12


Will Rogers
Will Rogers5 years ago

At least this is something that most people are in agreement with! And let's stop arctic icebreaker tourism as well! The 1st icebreaker to reach the North Pole was in 1977, but N.Pole icebreaker tourism started in 1989. Here's a video link

Robert Lindsay-Smith

@Thomas S - I agree about the Heartland Institute.

It doesn't disclose its funding sources, and has a history of taking the side of big corporations (including the tobacco industry) against the health and well-being of people generally.

Thomas S.
Thomas S5 years ago

@Bob W, did you check out what authored the article before you posted the "Forbes" article claiming Global Cooling??

If you did not and did not know, then you should check and research before posting stuff from "Forbes" or "Wall St Journal". This nonsense is from the Heartland Institute which is a paid shilling, astroturf organization which has been in the news much recently revolving around their annual meeting in Chicago. They are not credible.

Bob W.
Bob W5 years ago

Interesting Article stating Globe is cooling.

Dale Overall

A fascinating and intriguing video. More consideration for pollution control and other issues will help to prevent global warming. Republicans are notorious for voting against anything preserving the environment and many believe that there is no such thing as global warming. It is all a 'liberal plot."

No JC C, am not planning to become vegan any time soon. Many times I do meatless and my portion of meat is the size of a deck of cards when eating it. A balanced diet will help stop global warming with organic it veggies not laden with toxic pesticides and GMO seeds or avoiding factory farms with hormone/antibiotic laden animals instead of organically raised free range animals in open spaces fed naturally.

Remember, all the turfed out veggies in landfills around the world that people have wasted give off green house gases as well and warm up the planet.

federico bortoletto

Tutto incredibile.

nancy d.
nancy B5 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me how predictable some of the right wing wackos who comment on these threads are. It really does not matter what they think or don't think. This planet will be here long after we are gone. Global warming is here. Now. This is just the beginning.

Nathan R.
Nathan R.5 years ago

Deniers? Oh, you mean those people that actually LOOK AT THE FACTS. Yeah, those morons. You'd never be able to perpetrate a fraud on those people so you can TAX THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF THEM.

...and, after all, thats what climate change is about. Sorry, greenies, we seen too much science lying, government/science corruption/collusion to believe ONE THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. Sorry, the feral cat is out of the bag and I'm not going to shoot him for you.

Thomas S.
Thomas S5 years ago

@Elaine A, have missed your comedy routine.
I would've expected your opinion from Sarah or Michele, but few other women - if, indeed, you are one.

Only in 1 Nation do you find a slapstick effort among "deniers" for the Most Stupid Award. That would be the ol' US of A. The 2nd most highly educated and Close to Mother Nature profession in the US, Farmers & Ranchers, don't need to be told that Global Climate Change is real. The same goes for The most highly educated profession, Teachers, and The most topically knowledgeable profession, Climatologists.
The doubters seem to coincide with that 25% of the population that identifies with the theories of a Flat Earth and a 6000 Year Old Earth, and the GOPhers of the teawhacked persuasion.

I can't say you've been Newtered, because even Newt is accepting of it. You haven't been Bush-whacked because even W has listened to Laura, and brother Jeb sees it "from his front porch".

You've been slimed the worst, you've been Inhofed.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago