Justin Rowlatt’s film – part of the This World series – aimed to discover how Americans view the stance taken by President Obama on global warming, and it seems that the nation is roughly divided into two camps; one who believe global warming will herald the next apocalypse and the other who – from those we heard from last night anyway – believe the concept of global warming is a political fantasy, designed largely to frighten us to death or encourage communism.
Rowlatt travelled all over the country, talking to a variety of people from pig farmers to Darryl Hannah. The former encounter led to both one of the grossest spectacles I’ve ever seen and the funniest.
It involved a truckload of waste food – that was destined to feed pigs – and dodgy brakes, with the result that about half a ton of stinking gloop was thrown across the truck, and Rowlatt. It was like a scene from The Exorcist. In case you missed it, here’s that special moment in TV history…
I didn’t know whether to laugh or throw up, but in the end, I just laughed. It was the highlight of a programme that was largely supremely dull.
That said, I suppose it could’ve been worse; Rowlatt might have spent the entire time just quizzing some politician – most likely Obama I guess – in some barren office or TV studio, but instead, we did get to see quite a lot of some amazing American vistas.
The wind farm in Texas was impressive, and the scenery to be found when Rowlatt went ice fishing was especially dramatic.
But really, in terms of interest, those points were it. There didn’t seem to me to be a great deal of conclusion drawn as to whether Obama is indeed on his self-imposed target track to save the world, eco-superman styly.
Assuming that is that the world needs saving and it’s not all just a grassy-knoll conspiracy…