Marc Morano, a glib climate denier who runs the anti-climate change website climatedepot.com. Morano is known for publishing the email addresses of climate scientists on his website and debating environmentalists on TV. He admits in the film that “Gridlock is the greatest friend a global warming skeptic has.” -
“People like Morano have made a career out of being contrarians, and they are very good at it,” says Oreskes. “When a scientist comes up against a well-trained, savvy person, scientists will always lose in the debate.”
"The communications back-and-forth is honestly secondary, and I would even on my own say that that was an overreach in that letter," Grijalva, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal on Monday.
Dr. Soon: 'I have never been motivated by financial gain to write any scientific paper, nor have I ever hidden grants or any other alleged conflict of interest. I have been a solar and stellar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for a quarter of a century, during which time I have published numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. The fact that my research has been supported in part by donations to the Smithsonian Institution from many sources, including some energy producers, has long been a matter of public record. In submitting my academic writings I have always complied with what I understood to be disclosure practices in my field generally, consistent with the level of disclosure made by many of my Smithsonian colleagues.'
Several reporters have asked me: 'Why present research results liked by Republicans?'
'Eric Holthaus - a widely read scientist and climate activist - taunted me with the following bizarre Tweet: "It’s getting harder and harder for @RogerPielkeJr to remain relevant." Upon later learning that I'm no longer doing climate change research Holthaus Tweeted that his earlier taunt was no longer relevant. Great evidence that a lot of this is about eliminating unwelcomed voices in the debate.'
'Reporters have fundamentally misled readers on the facts of global-warming funding'... 'While the energy industry funds both sides of the climate debate, the government/foundation monies go only toward research that advances the warming regulatory agenda.'
Mann is typical of pro-warming scientists who have taken millions from government agencies. The federal government — which will gain unprecedented regulatory power if climate legislation is passed — has funded scientific research to the tune of $32.5 billion since 1989, according the Science and Public Policy Institute. That is an amount that dwarfs research contributions from oil companies and utilities, which have historically funded both sides of the debate.'
Newsweek Mag.: Robert Kenner, director of "Merchants of Doubt': 'The movie Thank You for Smoking was a bit of an inspiration. The other inspiration was Marc Morano, who is really funny, really quick. At the same time, I think when Marc Morano attacks scientists, there’s a cost to the scientists’ lives and to their research, so I wanted to point that out.' ...
Kenner: 'I really get offended when people on the left say, “Oh, these people are so stupid.” They’re not stupid. They’re really smart. Tim Phillips [president of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political action committee] is really smart. He’s able to go out there and deliver this message, and he makes money for the Kochs. Marc Morano [climate change skeptic and frequent Fox News interviewee] said, “Our job is simple. All we have to do is stop action.” I think he’s very funny, he’s very smart. And I wish he was backing other things.'