A highlight of The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change for me was meeting Marc Morano.
He is a former journalist with CNS, reporter and producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show and also American Investigator. Now communications director for the Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washinton amongst his many activities and responsibilities he also finds time to run an award winning blog.
Mr Morano gave two papers at the conference. I sat in on Wednesday morning’s session on politics and science which also included presentations from Marlo Lewis and Michael Fox.
Marc Morano chatting with a delegate before the session.
Mr Morano began with an overview of the history of the politics of climate change including a quote from Newsweek magazine of April 28, 1975, ““The longer the planners delay the more difficult they will find it to deal with climate change once the results become grim reality.”
Marc Morano speaking at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change
He went on to talk about carbon based economies as the greatest liberators of mankind in the history of the planet facilitating the “20th Century Miracle” including the lowering of infant mortality and increasingly life expectancy.
Following the presentations Mr Morano answered a question about the value of focus groups in understanding public opinion on global warming and helping to formulate appropriate public responses. He said that what was most needed from politicians was simply “political courage” including the courage to tell it as it is.
After the session I was privileged to meet not only Marc but also his mother and nephew who were also at the conference.
Marc Morano with his mother at The Marriott Marquis, New York.
You can read my perspective on day 1 of the conference here http://www.jennifermarohasy.com/blog/archives/002809.html , day 2 here http://www.jennifermarohasy.com/blog/archives/002813.html and breakfast with Hon Vaclav Klaus on day 3 here http://www.jennifermarohasy.com/blog/archives/002816.html.
Thanks again to conference sponsor’s The Heartland Institute