Marc Morano, founder and editor of CFACT’s award-winning Climate Depot news and information service took on the Sierra Club last night in a debate on CNN’s the 11th Hour.

Morano debated Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune and Philippe Cousteau, president of Earth Echo International.  The debate was moderated  by CNN’s Don Lemon.

Morano did a masterful job of using facts to take down the invalid notions of a global warming consensus and links between extreme weather and climate change.

As Brune’s arguments collapsed under Morano’s barrage of facts, Brune tried to save the situation by resorting to one of the warming left’s standby tactics, falsely accusing Morano of being controlled by energy companies.  Brune did not expect Marc’s reply, “he’s mentioning funding by the way, which I think is funny. The Sierra Club took $26 million from natural gas and Michael has the audacity to try to imply that skeptics are fossil-fuel funded.”

Sierra Club acted as a hired gun by the gas industry to trash coal companies.  Why compete when you can rent seek?

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THE 11th HOUR

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With Supporting Links Added Throughout Morano’s Section

East Coast Continually Pounded by Storms; Strange Things Happening in the Animal Kingdom; What’s Causing the Extreme Weather; A Link Between Climate Change and Health?

Aired December 10, 2013 – 23:00   ET on CNN

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: You are looking live at New York City. It’s not even winter yet, but today is a record for snowfall for the day dating back to 1932. And that’s nothing. 90 percent of the country will have below normal temperatures by morning. Anybody else out there think this is extreme weather?

It’s 11:00 in the east, everyone. Do you know where your news is? I’m Don Lemon. This is THE 11TH HOUR, the last word on today and what you’ll be talking about tomorrow.

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CNN ’11th Hour host DON LEMON: I want you to stay right there because I want you to join our debate on what’s causing this extreme weather and how much we should worry. 

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LEMON: Welcome back. I’m Don Lemon. This is THE 11TH HOUR.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme weather, one of the hottest debates in the country right now. Going head-to-head tonight, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; Marc Morano, editor-in-chief at climatedepot.com; and back with us is Philippe Cousteau, president of Earth Echo International and also a CNN special correspondent.

So, Marc, I’m going to start with you.

Look at what we’re experiencing now. We’re experiencing below- zero temperatures in Chicago earlier than anytime in the last two decades, a record snowfall for today in New York. Tomorrow morning, 90 percent of the country will face below normal temperatures. If this isn’t climate change, then what is it?

MARC MORANO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CLIMATEDEPOT.COM: So record cold is now evidence of man-made global warming? What evidence would disprove climate change? It seems like no matter the weather, everything that happens proves it.

The bottom line is, in 2013, we’re having one of the least extreme weather years on record. This report came out about a month ago. And if you look at the longer-term trend, there’s actually a declining or no trend in U.S. droughts or global droughts. There’s no trend in floods going back I think up to 127 years. One study was the Journal Nature on the droughts. Tornadoes, big tornadoes, F-3 and larger have been on decline since the 1950s. Hurricanes, the U.S. has gone almost eight years now, over eight years without a major category 3 or larger hurricane hitting, the longest period since before 1900. So on every measure of extreme weather, it ain’t there. ‘Global weirding’ is nothing more than a pseudoscience expression. And in the 1970s, the global cooling scare, as popularized in the media and by many scientists, they blamed extreme weather, in fact, specifically “Newsweek,” the 1974 tornado outbreaks, on global cooling.