Marc Morano: The Godfather of climate skepticism

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As the Qatar climate summit heats up, Germany’s “Die Zeit” calls CFACT’s Marc Morano the climate “Godfather” — tries to do a hit piece on him, but Climate Depot shoots back.  “It’s just business, nothing personal…”

Full coverage on this climate mob war along with full climate coverage as always, as it breaks at Climate Depot.

CFACT’s award-winning climate news and information site lays out the facts so effectively it seems to be giving radical Greens a case of Climate Depot derangement syndrome.


From No Tricks Zone

By P Gosselin on 23. November 2012

Yesterday’s print edition of Germany’s high-brow weekly Die Zeit has a full three-page feature story on the growing climate science skepticism in the USA and Germany titled “The Climate Warriors” authored by Kerstin Kohlenberg and Anita Blasberg.

Marc Morano – The Climate Godfather

In their latest drive-by piece Die Zeit takes dead aim at Marc Morano, the Heartland Institute, the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), Fritz Vahrenholt and other communicators of the skeptic message, and contrasts them to an innocent, tormented Michael Mann. Die Zeit’s message is clear: If you challenge climate science, then you’ll be portrayed as aggressors by Germany’s mainstream media.

The godfather of climate science skepticism

Their piece begins with a large color photo (not the one shown above) of a godfather-like appearing Marc Morano, who Die Zeit portrays as the communication and climate skepticism kingpin. The only thing missing from the photo is Richard Lindzen kissing his hand.

Under the god-father Morano photo they write:

Marc Morano in the small Virginia town of Reston. The PR strategist unleashed the climate denier’s  global campaign.”

Die Zeit holds Morano responsible for single-handedly spreading skepticism worldwide. ”…Morano appears in America’s living rooms; a stocky figure in the mid forties, donning a suit and tie. He has a friendly smile that fools you.”

Die Zeit calls Morano the “most aggressive member of a well-paid mercenary group” who is “leading a fight that is fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars”. Zeit writes:

In the past years the fight was financed by US auto manufacturer Chrysler, and oil companies ExxonMobil and Chevron, and others. The story of the PR manager [Morano] is a story of a planned confusion. It is a didactic play on the art of lying. […] Doubt is now spreading across the world from America.”

And Morano is the mastermind behind it all, Die Zeit wants its readers to believe.

In Die Zeit’s view, there is no doubt that humans are causing the climate change, and that it will be catastrophic. The science and data are clear and the consensus is greater than ever. As far as Die Zeit is concerned, the scientific debate has long been over – a survey of 928 papers from 1993 to 2003 says so, they write. What’s left now is a struggle between the good warmists and the evil industry-paid deniers who are maliciously spreading doubt. There are no real skeptic climate scientists left. In the perception of Die Zeit, it’s now a struggle between David (honest climate scientists who are only doing their jobs) and Goliath (Morano leading an army of industry-funded PR mercenaries). Tragically, David is losing, Die Zeit frets.

Michael Mann proved climate change with his hockey stick

Die Zeit tells the story of “a little round man” named Michael Mann and his hockey stick chart, which they say is “proof that humans are at fault for climate change“. Die Zeit however blames Morano and the Heartland Institute for undermining the hockey stick’s credibility and fanning skepticism and lies. The hockey stick was attacked by Willie Soon who, Die Zeit explains, “received over 1 million dollars from ExxonMobil and other corporations“.

Unfortunately Die Zeit forgot to mention that the hockey stick had been debunked thoroughly by Steven McIntyre and Hans von Storch, who labelled the hockey stick chart “nonsense”, and that Andrew Montford wrote an entire book about the fraud: The Hockey Stick Illusion. They also failed to mention that the National Academy of Sciences had also called Mann’s methodology “flawed”.

They alluded to Wegman when describing a 2007 hearing:

A statistician, who up to then had nothing to do with climate science, described Mann as the mastermind of an international conspiracy, a former industry consultant who claimed Mann did not do his work properly.”

Die Zeit portrays Michael Mann as a humble and innocent scientist who today is being relentlessly tormented and persecuted by Morano and the skeptics just because his results are unpopular. While Morano lives “in a big Victorian home“, is chauffeured around in a limousine and “eats steak at the exquisite Capital Grill“, Mann lives in a humble little home, lit up by wind power, and is worried about his 7-year old daughter’s future. (There’s no mention he won a Nobel Peace Prize).

Die Zeit also focuses on Fred Singer and the late Frederick Seitz, who they write are “part of an industry-financed complex of associations and institutes that has grown up around Washington, a sort of Potemkin village of science, populated by paid experts who serve the interests of their clients. […] A well-oiled, self-perpetuating denial machine“.

Morano getting under Mann’s skin

Die Zeit describes the first time Michael Mann met Marc Morano, having no idea who he was. Today when Mann thinks back at this first encounter, “he has to take a deep breath. Now he’s knows who Marc Morano is.”

‘These people are cynics,’ he says. ‘It’s clear to me that Morano doesn’t mean me personally. He only wants to intimidate me. He wants to intimidate an entire field.’ Mann speaks softly, his face is pale.”

According to Mann, Morano has changed the entire rhetoric of the “deniers”. Mann says: “Morano has really accomplished a lot.”

Die Zeit writes that in the skeptics’ view:

The climate scientists are not only just wrong, but are now criminals who are intentionally committing fraud. Large parts of the public believe them.”

The Zeit also tells the story of how Mann once received a letter containing white powder, how he got a threatening e-mail, and that today “his life is no longer how it once was.” The underlying message Die Zeit conveys here is that climate scientists are being hounded, tormented and persecuted by a ruthless, industry funded mob.

Last resort for their beliefs

Die Zeit’s grotesquesly skewed perception of climate science skepticism includes a one-sided look at the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) and prominent German heavyweight skeptic Fritz Vahrenholt. I will write about that tomorrow.

I sent an e-mail to EIKE to get their opinion on DIE ZEIT’s perception of the skeptic movement. They replied, addressing the warmist movement in general:

They are in panic. Europe is the last resort for their beliefs.”

It’s important to remind readers that Die Zeit is a fundamentalist green publication that is completely closed to any arguments that challenge the global warming religion. It’s Kooksville.

For example, on February 6, 2012 at a press conference in Berlin, Dr Sebastian Lüning and Professor Fritz Vahrenholt unveiled their newly published book “Die kalte Sonne“. In attendance at the press conference was a journalist from Die Zeit, who, never having read the book, immediately attacked the two authors and their message. The good news that there was lots of science emerging showing no coming climate catastrophe was just too upsetting for him to handle. Just think about that.

The point here is that Die Zeit is just too fanatic and caught up in AGW dogmatism, and thus cannot be taken seriously as an objective source of any kind.



  1. Th3TrojanHorse November 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    you go, Godfadda!! Climate Control “research” is about the worst level of science i’ve ever seen. these people are presenting skewed & bogus data as fact, and lay people that can’t tell good research from bad are buying into it. there’s money to be made in Green Research (look at the global investment); in some instances, even fraud perpetrated to keep the cash flow up. Scientists that do not challenge methodology and data are no longer scientists, but rather demagogs.

  2. jameshrust November 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    This is news to me. I had no idea the many scientiest’s who gave papers at climate conferences I attended were so well off. Someone needs to give them Rolex watches and Armani shoes.
    Does anyone know where the money supporting Die Zeit comes from?

  3. Ruth Bard November 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    What appalling tabloid rubbish. It would be hilarious if not for the fact that so many well-intentioned people are being hoodwinked. Clearly, the MSM worldwide are on a fact-free diet. I’m surprised they didn’t claim that Morano is actually fronting for evil aliens who, a la Independence Day, just want to take over the earth, use it up, and move on.

  4. George Richter November 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I was reading yesterday about how eastern Himalayan glaciers are continuing to grow. Then I am recalling that in the 1960’s I read many explanations that the Gulf Stream was the cause of the periodic glacial ages, and is even now melting the artic seas ice and letting a warmed rctic ocean melt Greenland’s glaciers. That Gul Stream has kept Norway warm for a long time. Why don’t has that concept been ignored nowadays?

  5. Andres Valencia November 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks, Marc. You are obviously doing good work!

  6. Doyle Garrett November 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Global warming is occurring on all the planets in the solar system, cue to increased solar activity. These planets have no S.U.V.s that we know of, nor are they powered by carbon fuels.

    Al Gore is a charlatan who has made millions on the global warming scare, and is poised to enrich himself further by trading carbon credits on the Chicago Carbon
    Exchange, along with President O’Bama.

    “The CCX (Chicago Climate Exchange) is an institution created with the sole
    purpose of being ready for the day when carbon trading in the United States
    will be the law of the land, complete with federal rules and regulations, much
    like the way carbon trading is conducted in Europe on the European Exchange.” ,
    Betting on CCX to become the designated carbon trading depot is
    as easy as picking the sun to rise in the east tomorrow morning, especially
    since Obama and Gore have ties to the company.

    Obama served as a board member of the radical, nonprofit Joyce Foundation from
    1994 to 2001. Joyce is perhaps the foremost advocate of trying to suck the
    individual right to bear arms from the Second Amendment. According to Ed Barnes
    of Fox News, in 2000 and 2001 “the Joyce Foundation gave nearly $1.1 million in
    two separate grants that were instrumental in developing and launching the
    privately owned Chicago Climate Exchange.”

    • Kent Freed November 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I really just don’t understand, except for economic extortion, how people can be so arrogant to believe that we mere humans can literally effect our earth’s weather. C’mon people, we’ll never have that kind of “power” to do such a thing. If you really believe this scientific tripe go back and watch the movie, “Our Man Flint,” for God’s sake. You should laugh your scientific asses off at such a preposterous premise! Change the world’s climate, eh? Get real and start studying something else you can use, as a ruse, that the sky, indeed, is falling! There are plenty of chickens out there that are prepared to start clucking at anytime. In conclusion though, it’s high time that the “true believers” start sleeping with the fishes!

  7. geo brecke November 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Thank God for Skeptics

  8. DannyE November 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Its always been a lie to bilk others out of money and freedom.

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