Climate Hustle, Latest Global Warming Denial Documentary, Set For World Premiere In Paris During COP21
Starting on November 30 and lasting until December 11, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), i.e. the annual meeting of all countries that want to take action for the climate, will meet in Le Bourget, France. They are meeting to try and agree to a global legally binding climate treaty to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which is the agreed upon target that scientists say the world cannot exceed if we are to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change.
Arriving at the end of the meeting are climate deniers from Heartland Institute, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Staff from the three organizations along with the “Cooler Heads Coalition” (a coalition of other climate denying organizations including 60 Plus Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council) will be presenting the world premiere of Marc Morano’s new movie, Climate Hustle – the latest attempt of promoting climate change denial.
Morano is the executive director of ClimateDepot.com, a project of the CFACT, where he is also the communications director. Although Morano has no scientific expertise in the area, he has become a prominent climate change denier.
It appears Morano became a talking head for deniers after working as a producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show and as a journalist for Cybercast News Service, which is owned and operated by the Media Research Center – an entity that has received at least $200,000 from ExxonMobil. Morano then became the communications director for climate denying Senator James Inhofe. Sen. Inhofe has received over $2 million in contributions from the oil, gas, and utility industries, including ExxonMobil.
CFACT has also received money from ExxonMobil. Since 1998, ExxonMobil contributed $582,000 to the climate denying organization. ExxonMobil also funded Heartland Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute, $676,500 and $2,005,000, respectively.
As world leaders gather in France in the coming weeks, ExxonMobil would have these leaders think they no longer fund climate denial.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Since 1998, a total of at least $30.9 million has been doled out from ExxonMobil to think tanks running climate denial campaigns, blocking policy solutions, and attacking the scientific consensus on climate change – including $1.8 million last year alone.