Friday, April 10, 2009

The Best Global Warming Denial Money Can Buy

Global warming denier Marc Morano, former spokesman for global warming denier/wackadoodle Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, has gone into the global warming denial business fulltime:
Now, with Congress debating legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions, Mr. Morano is hoping to have an even greater impact. He has left his job with Mr. Inhofe to start his own Web site,

The site, scheduled to debut this week, will be a “one-stop shop” for anyone following climate change, Mr. Morano says. He will post research he thinks the public should see, as well as reported video segments and ratings of environmental journalists.

Wow, that’s great. Morano, as the article says, has been very successful pushing misinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies about climate science. Now he’ll get to do it fulltime.

Just in time for a pitched battle in Congress over carbon cap-and-trade. How conveeeeeenient. Or, not:

Mr. Morano’s new Web site is being financed by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a nonprofit in Washington that advocates for free-market solutions to environmental issues.

Craig Rucker, a co-founder of the organization, said the committee got about a third of its money from other foundations. But Mr. Rucker would not identify them or say how much his foundation would pay Mr. Morano. (Mr. Morano says it will be more than the $134,000 he earned annually in the Senate.)

Public tax filings for 2003-7 — the last five years for which documents are available — show that the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the ExxonMobil Foundation and from foundations associated with the billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, a longtime financer of conservative causes best known for its efforts to have President Bill Clinton impeached. Mr. Rucker said Exxon had not contributed anything last year.

A quick check of CFACT’s Wiki listing shows the group also received $60,000 from Chevron from 1994-1998, $25,000 from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund in 1997, and a paltry $500 from Ford Motor Co. Fund in 1996.

Good to know.