Absolute Fiction in The Day After Tomorrow Movie
By: Shawn Alli
Posted: March 24, 2013
The 2004 film, The Day After Tomorrow is about dramatic climate change based on the man-made global warming theory. While all films in Hollywood are for entertainment purposes, this article is not directed toward them, rather the global warming and climate change followers that use this movie as a basis for their actions.
Before Al Gore comes onto the scene with his Inconvenient Truth in 2006, there are no dramatic visual images and videos representing climate change. This film changes all of that and now serves as a possibility of what can happen based on man-made global warming. The problem, like many things in the world, is that it's complete fiction, also known as false.
The 1999 book, The Coming Global Superstorm is the entire basis of this film. The authors are Art Bell and Whitley Strieber. Art bell is a pioneer in alternative media broadcasting and deserves respect for that trailblazing position. Whitley Strieber is a science fiction writer and broadcaster of alternative media.
The inspiration to write this book originally comes from Strieber's experience with a stranger he encounters in a Toronto hotel room in 1998. It's unknown whether Strieber believes this experience to be an OOBE, lucid dream, extra-terrestrial contact or divine inspiration. It's from this experience the content of the book, The Coming Global Superstorm, comes into existence, and so on for The Day After Tomorrow film.
While many in the public and media will mock such an experience, it holds just as much weight as everyday religious speakers who claim that they speak to God on a daily basis (priests, preachers, pastors, cardinals and popes). If you write off Strieber's experience then you should hold that standard against all religious speakers.
These two authors have done great work in advancing alternative media's presence. However, the book and movie is just fear-mongering based on corporate science and rigid ideological doctrines, enabling the manipulation of the global general public.
Working at Costco in 1999 I remember torrents of people buying cases of water. Customers are buying it faster than we can re-stock it. And the end result? As usual, nothing happens, Y2K is a false alarm.
The same is true for 2012. 2012 comes and goes and no apocalypse. The problem is that the public are conditioned to expect an apocalypse to occur any day now. And if it does happen, every single author, futurist, scientist and religious leader will say:
See, I told you so. I was only off by a few decades.
This is the same type of logic that peak oil theorists use, "1970, 2000, 2050, whatever the date, peak oil is true and we'll run out." This garbage logic is used by individuals who have an economic, social and financial stake in spreading fear and panic in the name of preparation, new policies and cultivating new lifestyles.
I've said this many times and I'll say it again. I have no problem when people choose a different course of action in their lives. To each their own. I have a problem when that action is based on manipulation, scarcity and fear-mongering and then pushed on others.
The plot in The Day After Tomorrow film is that man-made global warming is melting the polar ice caps and adding more freshwater into the ocean due to our fossil fuel economy. From that melting, the North Atlantic Current gets out of whack and causes rapid supercooling within 7-10 days.
Aside from the numerous problems with this plot, the fact that this is the direct premise of the book, The Coming Global Superstorm, is a problem.
Global warming is about to cause the North Atlantic Current to drop to a more southerly route, causing cold Arctic air to barrel into overheated temperature zones.
Sudden, dramatic changes in climate all over the world. Blizzard conditions. Sustained winds in excess of 100 mph. The most severe winter storms in history. Shocking death rates.
This is not a simple "partly based on." No, this is "fully based on" a book with corporate science and fear-mongering.
The general problem of the plot is of course the man-made global warming theory: humans are destroying the planet and it's a matter of years when the planet becomes unusable or catastrophic climate change happens. Despite a billion dollar climate change industry supporting this claim, I advocate the opposite in my book, Oil, The 4th Renewable Resource and refer you to that for an alternative explanation.
Another problem in the plot is the continued indoctrination of oil as a fossil fuel. The premise of Oil, The 4th Renewable Resource refutes this.
The film starts out with an ice shelf breaking in Antarctica. The truth is that many chunks of ice break off naturally in Antarctica and the Arctic. It's a phenomenon that's been occurring for decades, centuries and most likely millenniums.
But don't take my word for it, look into the work of Professor Syun-Ichi Akasofu of the International Arctic Research Center and make up your own mind.
It's important to note that in the beginning of the film ice sheets form massive cracks, revealing flowing water. This is problematic because Antarctica is a land mass, with actual land underneath the kilometers/miles of ice covering it. The simple correction is to state "Antarctic" instead of "Antarctica."
The Antarctic includes the continent and surrounding ice shelves not on land. This means that the breaking ice shelves have no effect on the ice on top of the land mass.
The main character in The Day After Tomorrow talks about the last ice age happening 10,000 years ago, lasting two centuries. This is completely false. The last major ice age ends 10,000 years ago, but starts over a 100,000 years ago, not a small duration of two centuries.
However, a mini ice age does occur in medieval times and last for about 2-3 centuries. The cause? Unknown. Sure, there are many theories about ocean currents, sunspots or volcanic activity, but due to the absence of scientific measurements in that time, it's only theory.
And this touches on a huge issue, our lack of historical records. Yes, ice samples show the stretch of time, but they only show the end result, the general temperature in a particular region, not the cause.
The fact that we, as a society, don't have accurate historical records/measurements is suspicious and problematic. Don't get me wrong, there are records further back, but relative to our current historical records, it's not close to today's level of accuracy.
There's also the problem that many historical and contemporary records of human activity are false, doctored and manipulated to present what the dominant power wants to convey as "history."
This is problematic for the films date of 10,000 years ago as the end of the last ice age. What exactly is happening in 8000 BCE? I have absolutely no clue and anyone who tells you otherwise is either a brilliant genius or just speculating; worst case scenario, they're making it up to fit a particular paradigm in the present.
But I can speculate on one thing. 5000, 10,000 or 20,000 years ago, humans are not idiots who can't make sense of the world, lacking technology or the ability to think beyond their current means. It's quite possible that humans then, are more advanced than we are today.
Aside from the potentially advanced civilizations that exist in the past, mainstream media outlets and the public in general like to think the technology today is light years ahead of anything in the past. Just as there are no records to refute that claim, there are no records to prove it either.
What's the cause for the last glacial period occurring 100,000-10,000 years ago? I don't know. Ocean currents? The sun? Human actions? Catastrophic wars? All are possible. Having no records doesn't enable a researcher/historian to discount a possibility or claim that one is correct.
Another claim in The Day After Tomorrow and made by global warming enthusiasts/climate change industry, is that the polar ice caps are melting. In reality, the date of the North Pole being completely free of ice varies, but the current date is within one or two decades.
It'll mean more freshwater in the ocean. Perhaps a little less salty ocean water is for the better. Ships will be able to cross the Arctic. That means less time in getting goods/products.
But what about the methane released as the permafrost melts?
The Earth knows how to make use of the additional carbon and hydrogen. Humans don't need to play the egotistical role and tell the Earth how to do its job.
A common problem for humans is one of pride and ego: humans know what's best for the Earth. This is not the case, and researchers, mainstream media outlets, governments and the public don't need to tell the planet how to manage and operate itself, it knows what it's doing. It's been doing it for billions of years, and will continue to do it for billions of years long after humanity is extinct.
A few notable scenes in The Day After Tomorrow is snow in India and hail in Tokyo. No one says nature can't be sporadic and spontaneous, throwing curve balls once in a while.
But to think that humans understand why nature does what it does it beyond arrogance.
And the same theme recurs throughout the film. Hurricanes and tornadoes destroy houses and large scales of the US; in reality, to a much lesser degree, this is the norm for North America. The problem is that these events have been happening naturally for decades (along with unusual weather).
Human activities in regards to the temperature of the planet are completely insignificant. The sun is a much better indicator of temperature increases throughout the Earth. The writers give the sun one line of respect in suggesting only the sun can cause such massive changes. In the film, the reply is that solar output is normal. And so, the culprit is the infamous North Atlantic Current.
There are many major and minor currents in the oceans today. The one that plays a significant factor for weather in North America is the Gulfstream Current (no mention in the film). Eventually the Gulfstream merges into the North Atlantic but as it does the density changes.
Think of an aquarium filled with water and divide the sections into three equal horizontal pieces. Now imagine that each section has a different direction and as each section travels to new ones in other aquariums the density changes, some become lighter others become heavier. The more salt in an ocean current will increase the density of the water. This means the saltier water will sink below the lighter fresh water on the surface and move in different directions, all the while mingling with the other sections/layers in the ocean. And as this dense saltier water sinks lower the pressure (psi) of the water changes, hence the freezing point changes, introducing new temperatures intermingling in numerous currents. This occurs on a daily basis, without catastrophic climate change events happening. The fact that this somehow causes global supercooling is complete nonsense.
In The Day after Tomorrow oceans rise to incredible heights and people freeze to death instantly. This is a Hollywood ploy for the entertainment factor and shouldn't be seen as anything other than that.
All in all, the film, The Day After Tomorrow, based on the book, The Coming Global Superstorm, gets a grade of F: Failure due to manipulating the public to think that this film is the result of man-made global warming.