The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

Morano, Marc

He's an ultra-skeptic lobbyist who formerly worked for James Inhofe. Now he runs the ultra-ultra-sceptic website Climate Depot. Note that his web site is funded by oil heir Richard Mellon Scaife. But does that really matter? Even if he was funded by the Saudi Royal family, you still have to refute his ideas. However, it turns out that this is a very difficult task.

Morano debates a quasi-articulate scientist

Should anyone debate him?

Scientist-turned-interviewer Randy Olson doesn't think so:

"Do not debate Marc Morano. I could fill a few pages explaining why. But let me put it simply. I interviewed him in 2007 for my movie “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy.” He’s a great communicator, but is not bounded by the truth. I put this on display in my film when he claimed that all the predictions of environmental doom of the 1970s didn’t come true, including the demise of the oceans. The oceans are my one area of scientific/environmental expertise. I stopped him on that point.

He didn’t argue, but instead replied, “Well, they’re not dead.” Case closed. By 2009 he had built a solid, widely known reputation for distorting the truth. Rule number one for debating is don’t debate such a person. You won’t win. They can talk endless circles around you using inaccuracies that you don’t have a chance to check during the debate."

1. Click here to read his SourceWatch entry.

2. Click here to read part 1 of Olson's two-part interview with Morano. Make sure you check out the video's of his debates with proponents. Click here for part 2

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