Gillis: 'Journalists care about the truth—that’s my only care in life, to find the truth. To act as if the evidence is half and half is to tell a lie. I refuse to perpetuate that lie.'
His own preference was to describe the “deniers” as “people who oppose climate science.”
Gillis acknowledged a tacit pact among print journalists to stop giving credence to climate skeptics. He called this an “enlightenment” that began ten or 15 years ago. American television, he noted, still lets a few skeptics onto the air; broadcasters have yet to come out of the Dark Ages.
Gillis responded: “99.9 percent of climate science is funded by the government.” That means, he explained, that each grant is disclosed by number to the public, making every transaction transparent and trustworthy.
Emily Southerd, campaign manager for the advocacy group Forecast the Facts shared that her organization is petitioning news stations to quit booking “deniers” like Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com, one of the “merchants” shown in the film.
Morano: 'The real question is how a small disorganized group of skeptics scattered around the world managed to derail and inflict so much damage to the well-organized and well-funded global warming activists. The fact is, they’re afraid. They’re afraid the skeptics will derail their objectives.' These objectives are the U.N. Climate Treaty, the EPA climate regulations and to a lesser extent the 2016 elections.
Daily Kos on 'Merchants of Doubt': 'Morano, who by any definition is a thug and character assassin, has had a lasting effect already on our ability to limit the effects of man-made climate change...Is it any wonder I labeled Morano "Evil" in my title? Trust me, it isn't hyperbole.'
'Twenty critical years wasted thanks to hacks and mercenaries like Marc Morano. Years that we could have turned the tide to limit our exorbitant emissions of greenhouse gases. Years that we will never recover. And Morano is still out there right now, working hard to delay action on climate change for another twenty years...his deceitful and unethical tactics to smear bigger fish in the climate science community'
Morano selected excerpts: It's the first step to the death of a thousand cuts, and this is probably the first 200 or 300 blades being introduced by the federal government -- but it's not going to kill fracking now. This will impose a one size fits all federal government solution.
They are going after the foundation of fracking's success. Obama is already taking out coal, they've stopped keystone pipeline, they are preventing oil drilling in places like Alaska. What's left? Fracking. Solar is .23% of our electricity (EIA 2013), wind power is barely over 4% and their implication is they will replace carbon based fuels with solar and wind.
'Marc Morano, a mouthpiece for conservative interests, who, while lacking discernible academic cred (his CV lists ties to Rush Limbaugh and Inhofe), compels with the kind of winning charisma and unshakable confidence that would make Ronald Reagan smile.'
WashPost Takes After Climate 'Deniers,' Compares to Big Tobacco and... Bull Connor?
Why didn't 'Merchants of Doubt' feature Morano reading his haite mail?
Small Sampling of Climate Depot’s hate mail: ‘Thank you for being one of the biggest a**holes on planet Earth and for helping to doom every living ecosystem…Go f*ck yourself’ -- 'Maybe you do want to end life as we know it because you are fabricating lots of dirty worthless green numbers in some sick monopoly game. but lemme tell you buddy, you aint worth the ink to print them. Hope if feels good to play god'
Here’s an example that ClimateDepot.com received: ‘I hope they hang you and the rest of the stooges for the fossil fuel industry’
Hate Mail Sent to Climate Depot's Morano: 'Hi I just wanted to let you know what a god**** stupid lying idiot you are. I really hope you are someday put on trial before a world tribunal on charges of 'crimes against humanity'...You are an evil little f*** and you have your head so far up your a**, you can tickle your tonsils when you wiggle your ears. F*** you, 'moron-o'