Climate Wars: The US Divide on Climate Change

August 29th, 2022 - by Al Jazeera

The division between people’s opinions on
climate change in the United States

Al Jazeera

(August 225, 2022) — Like the rest of the world, the United States has seen record temperatures, drought and wildfires in recent years — some of the long-predicted consequences of made-made global warming.

In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law a spending bill that — among other provisions for healthcare and tax reform — will commit nearly $370bn to tackling the climate crisis and reducing the carbon emissions of the world’s largest economy. It’s a sign perhaps that the US government is finally taking the problem seriously.

But although awareness is increasing, surprising numbers of Americans still maintain that scientific proof of climate change is exaggerated, faked or even part of a sinister plot to control their lives. In this two-part film for People & Power, French filmmakers Ibar Aibar and Fanny Chauvin explore these contradictions as they go in search of some of those already affected by the searing heat and those who stubbornly refuse to accept the evidence in front of their eyes.

Climate Change Is Exposing the Racism Behind an Oregon Water War

Al Jazeera

(November 10, 2021) — In Oregon in the United States, climate change is pushing a small town to its breaking point. The federal government has supplied water to farmers in the Klamath Basin region for more than a century, part of a project to encourage white settlement and agriculture in the western US. But in 2021, amid extreme heat and drought, the government shut off the water to protect endangered fish that are sacred to Native American tribes there. Now extreme weather is intensifying a long-running water conflict between farmers and tribes, and Indigenous activists are calling for this town to reckon with the colonialism at the root of its water wars.