Marc Morano, Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) former environmental communications director, mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, to laughter and applause. In his acceptance speech for the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award from the Orwellian-named conservative media watchdog Accuracy in Media, Morano argued that the “hoax” of global warming is a “rotting corpse,” based on the Climategate smear campaign he helped promote. Morano asserted that McCain “is bailing out of global warming” and that “you know it’s now politically expedient to be a skeptic when John McCain is running scared”:
You know it’s bad when John McCain is bailing out of global warming! [Laughter.] He’s now claiming — and this is not made up — he just claimed a couple days ago he didn’t even support a global warming bill despite co-authoring two, one in 2003 and one in 2005. He stunned his former aides with his new-found skepticism. That just goes to show you because of the work of AIM, because of all the work of Sen. Inhofe, who I owe a huge debt of gratitude for, he stood on the Senate floor … [applause] — Sen. Inhofe was the chairman of the EPW committee until Barbara Boxer took over — stood on the Senate floor and called mandmade global warming one of the greatest hoaxes of modern times in 2003. You know it’s now politically expedient to be a skeptic when John McCain is running scared. And it’s also worse! Al Franken of Minnesota bailed out on the climate bill last August, again, before Climategate. You know it’s bad when Democrats like Al Franken are bailing.
After helping orchestrate the Swiftboat smear campaign against Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Morano joined Inhofe’s staff from 2005 to 2009, where he coordinated a network of global warming conspiracy theorists. He has since continued his propaganda campaign as an employee of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, an Exxon-funded anti-environment group. Although Morano has reason to celebrate that the fossil-fueled right-wing propaganda machine has infected popular understanding of climate change, reality isn’t paying attention.
McCain’s support for cap-and-trade legislation does seem to have wavered as he runs for reelection, but his stance on the threat of global warming has not wavered. “I believe,” McCain said last year, “that the issue of global warming is one of the most fundamental crises facing the world today.”
Morano’s mention of Sen. Franken (D-MN) is even more bizarre. His claim that Franken is “bailing” on global warming is based entirely on Franken signing a letter calling for carbon pollution tariffs to be set on foreign imports in climate legislation.