Last night, CFACT’s Marc Morano and Heartland Institute president James Taylor teamed up for what turned out to be a lively internet discussion on Zoom. It was part of CFACT’s ongoing new “Truth Talks” – a series designed to keep debate alive by talking with experts and addressing pressing policy matters during this difficult time of lockdown.
The response by the public was impressive. Indeed, over 500 attendees registered for the event. Moderated by our own Adam Houser, folks tuned in to hear the discussion not just from the United States, but also from Canada, Brazil, and Chile and many other parts of the world. It was truly a great evening!
If you missed it, be sure to watch the event in its entirety here.
See Morano’s full report here:
Put to Marc and James last night was the task of answering this very important question: Is the coronavirus lockdown the future environmentalists want?
Marc Morano kicked things off by explaining that the climate Left has been clamoring for coronavirus-style lockdowns for years. These radical activists and bureaucrats are desperate to keep the shutdown going in the name of “climate action.”
“Lockdowns…this is what the climate community has preached for decades about global warming! And particularly, in the last couple years, [they wanted to impose] through the Green New Deal,” Marc said. “The climate activists for lack of a better word, are jealous!”
James Taylor analyzed statements from global bureaucrats such as the World Health Organization (WHO), revealing their true motivations.
“Another WHO official said, and here’s a quote: ‘What the COVID crisis exposes, is that we can do things differently. We must not go back to the status-quo. We cannot do that.’ To say that we should have a permanent, current situation of lockdowns and shutdowns and restrictions on freedoms, is just unbelievable that people might accept that,” Taylor said.
A great question and answer period followed James and Marc’s presentations, with questions covering a range of topics extending from climate change to government overreach.
While climate radicals drool over the shutdown of the global economy, our fight for freedom must go on.
As James Taylor said toward the end of the event: “This is a bait and switch at the expense of our most important and basic freedoms.”
To be sure, the climate radicals must not prevail. Let’s not permit them to keep our freedoms on perpetual lockdown.
“Lockdowns…this is what the climate community has preached for decades about global warming!
“The climate activists for lack of a better word, are jealous!”
— CFACT (@CFACT) May 1, 2020
In April, Morano appeared alongside Heartland Institute President James Taylor in a CFACT webinar titled “Is the coronavirus lockdown the future environmentalists want?” During the talk, he questioned the scientific value of a stay-at-home policies and called for citizens to disobey lockdown orders (emphasis mine):
I think we have to acknowledge at a national level that lockdowns, there’s no science to support essentially that they work. Especially, I can understand a flattening the curve or at least some kind of limited. Very limited. But you don’t lockdown… We need to acknowledge that they were wrong and not allow future lockdowns. That’s number one.
I’m going to advocate absolute breaking of the law tonight. If you have people going to the beach and getting arrested, it’s easy for police to show up, arrest a few people or go to a park and arrest someone. But if people start showing up en mass to the beach, the police can’t arrest everyone.
And if you start having owners of businesses start, and we’re seeing this now, artists and other shops declaring themselves—tailor shops—declaring themselves nonessential, they’re opening up. More of them do it, the police can’t arrest everyone. This is my key thought. The Berlin Wall was not taken down because the East German government passed a law that said, ‘let’s remove the wall’. It came down because the people no longer gave their consent for a wall to be up. So when the people no longer give their consent through lockdown, through this kind of mass civil disobedience, that’s how you fight it. Not through calling your congressman or senator and complaining into a voicemail. You’ve got to act. And I think that’s what has to happen here. Sorry. I’m calling for lawbreaking tonight.