Fox News extensively cited CFACT’s Marc Morano, editor of Climate Depot:
Climate change skeptics are doing a bit of gloating following a series of mainstream media reports that acknowledge what those skeptics have long held — the earth is not warming, at least not in the last 10 years.
“The idea that CO2 is the tail that wags the dog is no longer scientifically tenable,” said Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com, a website devoted to countering the prevailing acceptance of man-made global warming.
In recent weeks, Der Spiegel, the Telegraph and the Economist have reported the unexpected stabilizing of global surface temperatures. Even former NASA scientist and outspoken climate change activist James Hansen has acknowledged the 10-year lull.
Morano said: “In the peer-reviewed literature we’re finding hundreds of factors influence global temperature, everything from ocean cycles to the tilt of the earth’s axis to water vapor, methane, cloud feedback, volcanic dust, all of these factors are coming together. They’re now realizing it wasn’t the simple story we’ve been told of your SUV is creating a dangerously warm planet.”
Many climate scientists and environmentalists agree with Morano’s description of climate complexity, but reject his denials of global warming as a problem.
No one disputes that levels of carbon dioxide are increasing globally, but CO2’s impact has not been as great as many scientists had predicted.
“In the peer-reviewed literature, they’ve tried to explain away this lull,” said Morano. “In the proceedings of the National Academy of Science a year or two ago they had a study blaming Chinese coal use for the lack of global warming. So, in an ironic twist, global warming proponents are now claiming that that coal use is saving us from dangerous global warming.”