Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, who plans to attend the Madrid summit, accused China of leveraging the global-warming issue to hobble its international competition while boosting its own image. “China is at it again, posing as a ‘climate’ concerned country while building seemingly endless new coal mines,” Mr. Morano said. “China’s false image as some kind of climate champion is aided and abetted by the media and climate activists. China is enjoying condemning the U.S. while also demanding a piece of the U.N. climate slush fund to developing nations.”
The Chinese government increased fivefold its approvals for coal-mine construction this year, according to a Reuters analysis, even as it seeks to reduce its coal consumption and increase its green-energy mix to 20% by 2030.
“The term ‘climate emergency’ is beyond parody,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “It is simply a lobbying campaign by the media, academia and activist scientists who are trying to instill even more fear about alleged global warming. I think the phrase will ultimately hurt climate activists because it is so over the top that people know instinctively they’re being lobbied.”
He noted that the phrase dates as far back as 2005, when Barbra Streisand used it in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “The use of the phrase can only backfire for media outlets. It will only serve to expose the media as having no objectivity on this issue,” Mr. Morano said. “When media outlets use the phrase, their audience will recognize that the outlet is shilling for climate alarm and so-called solutions.”