Russ: Welcome back to The BusinessMakers Show brought to you by Comcast business, built for business, and for today’s second featured guest Barbara Denson visit with Marc Morano, Founder of ClimateDepot.com and Producer of Climate Hustle, the documentary film that premiered this week in Paris in the midst of the UN climate summit.
Barbara: We’re here today At the Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit and I’m pleased to have as my guest today Marc Morano who is the Founder of ClimateDepot.com, is also the star of his upcoming film which is going to be opening in Paris in two weeks; so tell us about your film Marc.
Marc: Well if I’ve said this before I’ve said it very humbly, we’re going to have one of the greatest global warming movies of all time; I’m really looking forward to this. What we’ve done is we’ve tried to make this entertaining first. And we have, it’s action-packed full of archived news footage going back to the 1970s, we’ve got articles going back to the early 1800s – 1817 to be exact. So we put in a ton of archival footage; we have Walter Cronkite in this movie, we have old ABC news clips from the global cooling scare in the 1970s.
We have an animal that was both a mascot for global cooling in the 70s and global warming in the current time and we have news clips from the 70s and news clips from today to show the animal being used in different ways as proof of global cooling and global warming. We go through all the absurd claims; global warming equals less snow until global warming equals more snow. We talk about how fossil fuels caused global cooling until fossil fuels cause global warming. And we actually have the 1970s claims that fossil fuel burning was going to screen out the sunlight and create a 4 or 5 degree cooler world, then we have the more recent claims that show that fossil fuels are going to create a catastrophe.
And most significantly we have profiles of politically left scientists who at one point endorsed global warming and now have reversed themselves after looking at the evidence, including French Socialists and others, who now are outright skeptics or are growing more skeptical and recanting essentially. And we have scientists who voted for Al Gore and thought he was a smart man and would vote for him again and then saw his film and they were literally – and I say this on camera – they were appalled by what they saw in his science presentation. And these are Ivy League scientists, these are Nobel Prize winning scientists; in fact, The Nobel Prize winning scientist we feature, Ivar Giaever, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, actually endorsed President Obama in 2008 and this is joining a whole line.
So there’s a whole shift going on the global warming and then also we go through details on tipping points; we had a lot of fun. We have Prince Charles’ countdown clock, he says 100 months to we must fight global warming and then he goes down to 90 months, 85 months; we follow that down. We go from decades, years, months and actually hours to then now and we actually do a whole countdown with bombs going off. It’s a very pop culture friendly film.
Barbara: You know what I love about what you’re doing is you show so much passion for what you’re doing and the little clip that I’ve seen of it you’ve really made it entertaining to watch which I think has been the downfall of our industry is that we tend to live in a world of facts and figures and you make it really easy for other people to absorb and understand that. I really appreciate it; what got you into this?
Marc: Well I started out in 1992 as a reporter for Rush Limbaugh’s TV show; I was his man in Washington, I wore a hat and trench coat, and I covered the Washington political scene for him. The idea was I had on a hat and trench coat and I would sneak in undercover for Rush Limbaugh because he was banned from all of these places; from all the political establishment at the time were terrified. And I was outed a few times as being with Rush Limbaugh and one of them was by John Ritter, the actor. But it got me started on the journalism and then I realized that all the environmental stuff happening – I started covering Earth Days and other events – and I realized that journalists didn’t ever cover environmental issues critically from outside the politically left wing environmental perspective.
So I got into after that and I ended up doing an Amazon rainforest documentary that came out in 2000; I went to the Amazon twice and actually was introduced to Patrick Moore at the time, the Co-founder of Greenpeace. He was in that film and then I decided about 5 or 6 years after that I’d like to do a global warming documentary someday so we finally got it together after working in the U.S. Senate on this issue as well.
Barbara: Wonderful, well you’ve done a fantastic job, I wish I were in Paris to see this opening; it sounds fantastic.
Marc: Yeah, we’ve got the red carpet premier and we’re going to have the Founder of Greenpeace, geologists from Australia; all these PhD scientists are going to be walking out of the car waving at the crowd. We are actually over capacity right now. There is going to be tens of thousands of people with not much to do in Paris because of all the security and our premier is going to be right there so we’re expecting it to be quite a spectacle.
Barbara: It sounds quite exciting.
Barbara: Thank you for your time.
Marc: Thank you.
Russ: All right, and that wraps up our interview with Marc Morano, Founder of ClimateDepot.com. And this is The BusinessMakers Show, brought to you by Comcast Business, built for business.
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