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.


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 GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Al Gore lobbied Biden to not scale back climate plans in infrastructure deal 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 (Jim) Mountain InhofeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP Overnight Defense: Pentagon pitches 5B budget | Kamala Harris addresses US Naval Academy graduates Pentagon pitches 5B budget with cuts to older weapons 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.).