Marc Morano’s Climate Denial Movie Science Reviewed

January 7, 2016

Hat tip to Graham Readfern.

Marc Morano, uber climate denier, has a new movie coming out, most likely straight to VHS. Turns out if you’re looking for science, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a better bet.  Desmogblog’s review is below, begging the question, “is the Theater half full, or half empty?’


Marc Morano has been promising that his new documentary Climate Hustle will be released in theatres across the United States early in 2016.

Whether or not the full-time climate science denialist will be able to make good his promise remains to be seen, but the film has been getting predictable support from conservative media and denialist bloggers.

Morano works full-time for the “think tank” the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and runs a clunky website to promote climate science denial.

So far, Morano has promised the film will “rock the climate debate”.

DeSmog was told by CFACT it would not be able see the film when it got its “premiere” in Paris in early December because the small Cinema du Pantheon move theatre was full. But DeSmog was told by sources that the cinema was “half empty” during the screening.

But even before an official release, the details about the film that have been released suggest it will be the same tired old climate science denial myths repackaged.

DeSmog has written how Climate Hustle would be a reheat of old denialist talking points and also revealed a particular brand of religious zeal behind the movie’s production.

Much of the cast list published by Morano are old favorites of the denialist movement, with individuals like Christopher Monckton, Bob Carter, Anthony Watts and Patrick Michaels making appearances.  Several of the cast turned up in Paris for the movie’s “red carpet premiere” – an exercise in fakery and stage management.

Morano also handed over clips of Climate Hustle to Fox television presenter Sean Hannity – himself a climate science denialist.

But the documentary’s producers, CDR Communications, also had a little-seen clip destined for the film on its own website.

The clip uses slick film graphics to suggest that because carbon dioxide emitted by humans is only a small part of the atmosphere, it can’t influence the climate.

I sent the clip to climate scientists Professor Steven Sherwood of the University of New South Wales, Professor Michael Mann of Penn State University, and Dr Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Mann asked rhetorically whether Morano would “therefore argue that a concentration of hydrogen cyanide of 0.04% couldn’t possibly be harmful” when, “in reality, it is fatal.”

Sherwood said it was “unbelievable” that denialists were “still pursuing such patently stupid arguments.”

Schmidt suggested the title for the clip should be “How to mislead and dissemble using great graphics”.


10 Responses to “Marc Morano’s Climate Denial Movie Science Reviewed”

  1. skeptictmac57 Says:

    “Sherwood said it was “unbelievable” that denialists were “still pursuing such patently stupid arguments.””

    Oh, it’s totally believable, after all, it’s all they have. The fact that they use such weak arguments and obvious deceptions should be a red flag to anyone who knows even the basic first principles of climate science and can employ a modicum of critical thinking. The fact that so many people have been taken in by their deception is both disappointing and alarming.
    We (the U.S.) are a country full (at least half full) of ignorant, people whose motivated reasoning is blinding them to just about any con that can be wrapped in their brand of poisonous political ideology, and rarely do they ask the question about even the most outrageous claim ‘Is it true, let me do some fact checking’, as long as it falls in to the narrative that they have bought, hook, line, and sinker.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Comes from corporations owning the media. US Americans are briefed with misinformation form day one.

      • skeptictmac57 Says:

        That’s true, but probably the bigger problem here is ‘underinformation’. There has been several studies that show that climate change or global warming gets a tiny amount of air time compared to trivial news items. It is a total disgrace verging on malpractice or criminality. Out of sight, out of mind. There is almost no one in my social circle who gives even the slightest inkling that this is something that they are concerned about.

        • pendantry Says:

          Surely the ‘underinformation’ comes directly from the problem that corporations own the media — which makes that the bigger problem. And why do corporations own the media? Because of their profit mandate… which brings us back full circle to poisonous political ideology.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Sorry. Here whay I actually wanted to post:

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Sorry. Here the video I actually wanted to post:

    • skeptictmac57 Says:

      I was tempted to say that Marc Morano is immoral, but upon reflection, I think the right word is amoral. He just doesn’t give a damn whether he is saying something right or wrong. He is simply a hired gun.

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