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Climate skeptics raising money for their own 'Inconvenient Truth'

 

A conservative group is launching a fundraising effort to produce a documentary that would offer the climate skeptic's perspective on global warming.

The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) announced the documentary project at a climate skeptic conference in Las Vegas that wraps up Wednesday, Mashable reports.

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CFACT's film, titled "The Climate Hustle," has raised roughly $12,000 from more than 130 backers. According to the film's website, the group's first fundraising goal is $50,000. If it hits that target in the next six weeks, the project will set another goal of $200,000 to cover production costs for the film.

The venture comes eight years after Al GoreAl GoreDemocrats: Where the hell are You? How to make climate progress with Trump in the White House Trump's EPA pick will make Obama regret his environmental overreach MORE released his Academy Award-winning climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

The response project is spearheaded by political strategist Marc Morano, dubbed the "king of skeptics" by Newsweek and "climate misinformer of the year" by Media Matters, according to the website for the film.

Morano previously worked for Sen. James InhofeJames Inhofe House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief Fight over water bill heats up in Senate Trump taps Oklahoma attorney general to lead EPA MORE (R-Okla.) a staunch opponent of climate change policies in Congress.

The film is intended as a counterweight to the consensus among most scientists that climate change is happening and is exacerbated by human activity.

A trailer previewed at the Las Vegas conference shuffles through a number of "doomsday" predictions such as melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels, which it then states have not happened. 

The trailer also pokes fun at Al Gore, showing photos of the former vice president looking sad or stressed after flipping through a number of images that show a happy, snow-covered United States. 

The issue of climate change has risen in political debates in the last year as environmental groups push to make it a wedge issue in the 2014 elections. Any significant policy discussion in Congress on climate policies in the new future, however, is highly unlikely.

The skeptic event in Las Vegas began with a keynote address from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).