The Greening of Planet Earth

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The Greening of Planet Earth is a half-hour-long video produced by the coal industry, which argues that rising CO2 levels will be beneficial to agriculture, and that policies intending to reduce CO2 levels are therefore misguided.[1] The video argues that rising CO2 levels both directly stimulate plant growth and, as a result of their warming properties, cause winter temperatures to rise, thereby indirectly stimulating plant growth.[2] It was produced in 1991 and released the following year. A sequel, entitled, The Greening of Planet Earth Continues, was released in 1998.[3] The video was narrated by Sherwood Idso.[4] After the video was made, it was distributed to thousands of journalists by a coal industry group.[5] The video became very popular viewing in the George H. W. Bush White House and elsewhere in Washington, where it was promoted before the 1992 Earth Summit,[4] and, according to some reports, became especially popular with then-chief of staff John H. Sununu.[6]


Funding for the video was provided by the Western Fuels Association, which paid $250,000 to produce it.[4] It was produced by the Greening Earth Society, which was created by the Western Fuels Association and with which the Association shared a business address.[7]

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  1. ^ "What's Up With the Weather?". Nova. 18 April 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ Michaels, Patrick (13 September 2001). "Global Warming Produced a Greener, More Fruitful Planet". Cato Institute. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. ^ Greening Earth Society Press Release
  4. ^ a b c Gelbspan, Ross. "U.S. Coal Industry: Global Warming Is Good For Us". Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ Dykstra, Peter (10 February 2006). "Commentary: Global warming sizzles in pop culture". CNN. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ Vanderheiden, Steve (2008). Atmospheric Justice: A Political Theory of Climate Change. Oxford University Press. p. 31.
  7. ^ Howlett, Peter (2011). How Well Do Facts Travel?: The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge. Cambridge University Press. p. 143.