New Hampshire documentarian Tom Jackson is directing a new documentary called At Any Cost: Big Oil, Big Coal, the Lies They Tell and How They Tell Them. In this production, Joe Public Films focuses on the past few years, during which American public understanding and concern about climate change rose, and then more recently declined. Just when many thought that the issue of climate change was recognized as a problem by a majority of people, and when it appeared that a new leader was taking office in the US who was an advocate of change, the fossil fuel industry digs its heels in even deeper, and through government and media, fosters yet more public confusion, and a legislative quagmire. This new documentary answers the question “what happened” in depth.
“All of the climate scientists we’re interviewing for this documentary have been attacked in the media by pundits and pseudo-scientists, and oily politicians, but have rarely been given the chance to publicly defend themselves,” said Jackson. “At Any Cost will finally provide an accurate counter to the rhetoric of people like Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), entertainer Rush Limbaugh, lobbyist Steve Milloy, and the list goes on and on.”
Interviews to date include former New York Times columnist Andrew Revkin, climate scientist Raymond Bradley, attorney Matt Pawa, Dennis Meadows (author of Limits to Growth), Bill McKibben (author of Eaarth), climate scientists Michael Oppenheimer, Michael Mann, and Gavin Schmidt, and environmental economist Eban Goodstein. There will be more interviews scheduled soon. Jackson reports that Phil Jones, the climate scientist at the center of the “Climategate” story of last year has agreed to an interview. New Hampshire filmmakers Peter Vandermark, Jonathon Millman, Tavia Lee-Goldstein, Jessica Leigh, and Maine artist/filmmaker Desiree Dow have all taken part in working with Jackson on production so far.
In 2006 Jackson directed the documentary, Out of Balance about human induced climate change. At Any Cost is a follow up to this film. The documentary has aired several times on LinkTV and other international networks. It has also appeared in over 40 film festivals worldwide, winning four awards, and has been screened hundreds of times by grassroots groups and by Jackson himself, who toured the country in 2007 in a vegetable-oil burning van. Out of Balance also screened at the 2007 New Hampshire Film Festival, at which Jackson was nominated for NH Filmmaker of the Year.