Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl’s book review of Morano’s Green Fraud: ‘Amazing…entertained…sourced in a perfectionist way’

By Dr. Lubos Motl

Marc Morano: Green Fraud

Marc Morano runs but I actually believe that it is just a small fraction of his amazing activities against the climate hysteria and its political consequences. I have previously enjoyed Climate Hustle 1 as well as Climate Hustle 2, professionally made, highly entertaining, and insightful movies. He has previously published The non-PC guide to AGW.

I was happy to read his new book that you should pre-order and that will be out on March 23rd, Green Fraud, and I am proud to be cited at about 5 distinct pages (not counting the notes) and to be among some three dozens of the people who are being thanked to. Why? Because Morano really is the world’s #1 consequential climate skeptic from many perspectives, a point that is elaborated upon in Chapter 1.

Before you get to that chapter, you see that this book has been praised by heavyweights such as Sean Hannity, Will Happer, and the late Rush Limbaugh (plus Levin, Inhofe, Bozell). Later, you may read quite some entertaining praise from other sources – and feel the immense respect that is hiding in the colorful criticisms by his well-known foes. During the years, we have also seen quite some death threats that he got from global warming fanatics (or one of them with dozens of identities?). But that doesn’t quite exhaust the diversity of the viewpoints on Morano as a man who excites others. I’ve seen numerous climate alarmists who were terrified of Morano because he’s such a nice beloved uncle on TV. Even in Russia, kids “no longer want Pikachu, the want Morano” (ribionki Pikachu nye khochu, ribionki khochu Marca Morano). And he just sounds extraordinarily calm and organized yet humane.

By now, there are many books on the bookshelves that are arguing against the climate apocalyptic movement. This book chose the Green New Deal as the main focus. As the subtitle says, this proposed U.S. bill is worse than you think.

At any rate, there is quite some interesting stuff in the book – and lots of carefully sourced quotes. The modest index has 6 pages but the notes at the end of the book cover unbelievable 87 pages. So you can really find out where various pieces of information and quotes came from. He is amazing in this stuff and I actually believe that he really remembers many of these things, too. I wouldn’t have the patience or memory for this many quotes – and energy to write this many quotation marks. But in this context, it is probably appropriate. A heavily politicized issue such as the climate worries unavoidably brings many “he said she said” arguments and it’s great when someone on our side has mastered the quotes this well.

We might say that Chapter 3 is the old-fashioned sketch of the natural scientific foundations of the climate change issue. We learn why it is not a problem, why many other drivers surely affect the climate in ways that are at least comparable to the greenhouse effect from the extra CO2, why the natural catastrophes aren’t growing, why billions of people aren’t starving as some sensationalist pundits have expected, and so on. There are lots of very relevant quotes taken both from sensible scientists and other prominent participants in the climate change debate as well as from the climate alarmists. There are also some data taken from very official sources.

In Chapter 4, some details about the Green New Deal are presented. Many quotes are listed to show that lots of the people in the global warming movement, including the most powerful ones, actually want to ban petrol cars or all private cars or cars ownership; family houses; suburbs; eating of meat; and maybe also eating of sweet stuff and drinking alcoholic beverages, among many other seemingly ordinary things. Various politicians (including Biden) and institutions had to make a U-turn once or twice because it is very clear that most Americans are still terrified by such brutal interventions into the people’s lives. But the desire to screw things badly is there.

Perhaps the main point of the book is that the salvation of our blue, not green planet (or the allegedly dangerous carbon dioxide) is just a dishonestly stated excuse. The actual goal is completely different, it is the wishlist of all the left-wing ideologues accumulated in recent decades if not centuries, the planned economy, wealth redistribution, population control, and many things. This point is sketched at many places but Chapter 7 is the first chapter that is primarily dedicated to this assertion. Almost all the key people promoting the climate panic are “watermelons” which means that they are green (environmentalists) on the surface but they are red inside (and it is not the Republican red color, it is the Soviet-style crimson). Many of them are commies who came to pretend to be environmentalists after their pet, the Soviet Union, lost the Cold War. These people want the central economy and most of the other Soviet-style arrangements. And some new ones (identity politics). Many of the key ideologues of the climate propaganda have become so self-confident that they are basically admitting that the climate claims are just a mask to decorate the true underlying goals that are purely political and very radical – starting with the full-blown deconstruction of the capitalist economy. Of course, some folks like the Czech president Klaus have been pointing out this observation – that the true goal is political, not environmental – for decades. Klaus is repeatedly cited by Morano, too.

Chapter 10 brings quite some data about the evolving U.S. energy mix, what is needed, and argues that the Trump deregulation and fracking have been generally positive not only for the U.S. energy independence but even for the health of the environment (and even for the CO2 emissions numbers that avoided the growth similar to Europe’s). Morano has accumulated lots of facts and quotes about what is actually needed to keep all the important industries going or thriving, what people have said etc. But a part of the chapter is dedicated, as the headline promises, to the movie The Planet of the Humans through which the co-creator Michael Moore became a heretic among the global warming ideologues. In the movie, it was argued that every known source of renewable energy is pretty much a fraud that leads to the degradation of the environment.

For a year, Covid-19 has been the greatest topic and Chapter 11 investigates its links to the climate hysteria. On one hand, we have often said that the likes of Greta Thunberg were the greatest victims of Covid because a competing, much more justifiable panic (the virus has actually killed 2-3 million people by now, unlike the CO2-powered climate change which has killed zero) conquered the fear and imagination of the folks across the globe. On the other hand, this is really a childish comment because in reality, Covid-19 was a gift from Heaven to all these extreme climate activists. Again, they got what they wanted – the suppression of basic human freedoms and prosperous, meaningful lifestyles – and even if and when the Covid-19 pandemics is over, they may use the lessons that they have trained. And some of these activists are openly celebrating! The lockdowns have been enforced (and they still are, in a majority of Western countries) so why not to repeat them, to save the world from the climate Armageddon? There are actually other proposed relationships between the two crises that are sketched in this chapter. For example, Al Gore has said that fossil fuels were needed for the Covid-19 pandemics, and so on. The number of quotes from influential people who were visibly excited by the lockdown misery (and by the opportunity that this experience may offer for future policymaking) is disturbing, indeed.

Chapter 14 is dedicated to the apparently emerging new totalitarian regime which seems to transform things quickly and the opposition seems very weak and passive (especially when it comes to the general public). This “toxic politics”, as he calls it, comes with censorship, fear, and democracy is being replaced by some perverse form of technocracy. Morano discusses various efforts to criminalize the ideologically inconvenient people and how the Covid-19 exercises made it easier to enforce very inhuman policies.

The final Chapter 15 is about the ultimate achievement of the Left, something like the Paris accord but it will probably not be the Paris accord because that treaty faded away and was always something in between a fraud and a farce.

I surely recommend you to pre-order and read the book, especially if you think that you depend on the political decisions shaped by the climate arguments. There is a lot to be learned from this new Morano’s book, you will be often entertained as well, and you will also find this book to be a great source of arguments and quotes – a fountain that is sourced in a perfectionist way.