If you got 97 percentage points on a high school exam, you’d be pretty satisfied. That’s about the percentage of climate scientists in the world who actively publish and agree that man-made CO2 is causing global warming. So it’s frustrating to be on Marc Morano’s mailing list (not sure how I got on there) and constantly receive his well-funded nonsense conspiracy theories about so-called “climate science fraud.” Just yesterday, another hit my inbox titled something about Al Gore and “Methane Madness.”
Thankfully Mark Memmott over at NPR has a nice write up of Gore’s Talk of the Nation interview. Gore describes being the target of Republican jabs on the issue of climate change as an honor because of the long tradition of people who don’t like a particular message turning to attack the person delivering the message.
He also makes a fair comparison between climate change denial and the tobacco industry’s attempt to fight the Surgeon General’s report linking smoking to cancer.
“They hired actors and dressed them up as doctors and gave them scripts” saying that smoking isn’t harmful. Today, said Gore, “carbon polluters” are paying for climate change doubters to say similar things.
Sounds a lot like the Marc Moranos out there.
Gore’s new project The Climate Reality Project, “24 hours of reality” began streaming on the Web last night:
“Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality.”