New Climate Change Web Site Promises to be ‘Eco-News on Steroids’

By: By Matt Cover, CNS News
By: By Matt Cover, CNS News

An environmental news Web site that creators say will be “the most comprehensive information center for climate and energy news and information,” launched Wednesday. “ClimateDepot.com,” which is owned by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), is intended to an information clearinghouse featuring investigative reports alongside policy briefs aimed at lawmakers, teachers, parents, and the general public, according to its managing editor, Marc Morano.

“The purpose is to provide the American people and, frankly, the international community with an alternative to the mainstream media and the environmental pablum they serve up to their viewers and readers every single day,” Morano told CNSNews.com

Morano said that the Web site wouldn’t be “just another home” for climate change skeptics - it would expose readers to the entire spectrum of climate change debate. The Web site will feature links to former Vice President Al Gore’s global warming blog, as well as to the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the world’s premier proponent of “anthropogenic” (man-made) global warming. “What we�re trying to do is offer people a counter (weight),” he said.

The site will also offer research and environmental news that questions the theory of man-made “global warming.” “Parents with kids - who are being fed daily propaganda about the environment and global warming - college kids, teachers, lawmakers, the general public, anyone interested in this issue, they’re going to have an opportunity to read the latest climate and environmental news,” Morano added.

In addition to the latest in environmental news and information, Morano said the site will also serve as an unofficial ombudsman for environmental fact-checking - and will rank reporters based on the accuracy and balance of their environmental stories. Another feature of the site will be informational guides for parents, lawmakers, experts and reporters that concisely explain the complex scientific and environmental issues surrounding the global warming controversy including funding reports that show which advocacy and lobbying groups are bankrolling which public figures.

Morano said he also plans to track what Hollywood celebrities say about environmental issues. Morano, who previously edited the “Senate EPW Press Blog” for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is a former investigative journalist who previously worked at CNSNews.com.

The Sierra Club, a liberal environmental group, accused Morano of waging a “disinformation” campaign through his new Web site. “I woudn’t call anything Marc Morano puts out information.” Club spokesman Josh Dorner told CNSNews.com. “I would call it disinformation. Marc Morano and his cohorts are in the business of spreading lies, mistruths, half-truths, and really are the last hold-outs in a debate that has, frankly, moved on from the position that they’re in,” Dorner said.

But the activist is unfazed by the criticism. Environmentalist voices like the Sierra Club’s will be included on the CFACT site, Morano said, in an effort to give the public access to all sides of the climate debate.

“They’re going to see both sides,” he pledged. “They’re going to get to see what Al Gore is saying. They’re going to get to see what the environmentalists are saying. They’re going to get to see what skeptical scientists are saying. They’re going to get to see the latest peer-reviewed studies. It’s a clearinghouse for the latest information.”


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