Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Environmental Hysteria

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 4/18/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Here Penn & Teller explore the truth behind fears about global warming, air quality, water quality, acid rain, species extinction, and take a look at Greenpeace's activities. They also examine the idea of blindly joining up for causes, such as environmental ones, without getting all the pertinent information first. Special Guest Experts include: Julia Butterfly Hill (Tree Hugger, Author) Jerry Taylor (Director of Natural Resource Studies, CATO Institute) Bjørn Lomborg (Author) Patrick Moore (Ecologist; Founder and Former President of Greenpeace) Ross Gelbspan (Environmental Journalist) Kate Loewe (Global Justice Activist; Organizer, Rainforest Action Network) Nina Fascione (Vice President, Defenders of Wildlife)moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Penn Jillette


  • Teller


  • Star Price

  • David Wechter

  • John McLaughlin

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Penn & Teller look into the environmental movement and attempt to discredit their claims of an environmental holocaust.

    By meathead704, Mar 26, 2006

  • An interesting episode which questions the true motives behind environmental legislation and whether these laws actually accomplish their objective.

    By PowerBen5000, Feb 24, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • [last lines] Cameraman: Why are you so passionate about this? Loewe: [laughs, no response over 10 unedited seconds]

    • Fascione: [on Endangered Species] It's important to point out that if you're on a ship heading toward an iceberg, you don't wait until you have the exact measurements of the iceberg before you put on the brakes. Penn: And you have to try to not become obsessed with that great, fictitious white whale.

    • Penn: We keep saying that Kate is "the chosen spokesperson for The Rainforest Action Network" because if we don't keep saying that, it seems like we're just picking on somebody. She's not some poor little girl, she's a woman. And she's THE woman THEY chose to represent THEM. Sure, we're a piddly stupid cr*p show, so maybe they sent in the junior varsity speaker. But has no one ever asked any of these very basic questions that we asked? Has SHE never asked any of these g*dd*mn basic questions of the group that she so fervently supports?

    • Moore: And it drives me even further crazy to have them say they're against globalization when their main tools of trade are cell phones and the internet. It just makes no sense at all to be against science and technology and then to use science and technology whether its jet planes to get to international environmental meetings, or cell phones,or laptop computers. You're part of globalization! So, how can you be against it?

    • Taylor: One of the reasons people like environmentalism is that for years and years and years they've been guilt-tripped for having a car, for having a big house, for sending a kid to a nice school. I think that's what environmentalism really is today. It's a way for people to get rid of guilt feeling they have about the way they live.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode recieved a TV-PG rating. This is the show's least-adult rating ever. The most-adult rating was the episode, "Sex, Sex, Sex" which recieved the rating TV-MA.

    Trivia (1)

    • An additional segment with Patrick Moore and an additional segment with Julia Butterfly Hill can be seen in the deleted scenes on the season one dvd.

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