STUART VARNEY (HOST): Do you accept the view or the scientific evidence that the temperature of the planet is gradually rising and has been rising for some time? Do you reject that science?
MARC MORANO (CLIMATE DEPOT): Not at all. If you go to the Roman warming period, around 0 A.D., we've actually cooled. Medieval warm period, about 1300 A.D. we've actually stabilized or cooled. We have warmed since 1850. What was 1850? The end of the little ice age. So yes, we warmed in the 20th century, but prominent European scientists have said if we didn't have modern instrumentation, you wouldn't even be able to detect the warming of the 20th century. And Stuart, the hottest year claims are claims that are within the margin of error. Each hottest year they claim, you'll hear Al Gore mention this, the media, are within tenths or hundredths of a degree and they adjust the temperatures more than the claimed differences. In other words, it's a fancy way of saying the temperature has not changed much. There is so much nonsense that they claim in this debate but yes, humans influence the climate, but it is not the control knob. We are overwhelmed by hundreds of other factors and there's nothing unusual about our climate, and that goes from storms, floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, on down the line.
VARNEY: I think the Green New Deal is a Trojan horse. It's a vehicle that allows the socialists to take control of the economy using climate change as an excuse. Now that's my point of view. How far wrong am I, Mark?
MORANO: Well, as I testified to Congress, to the House Western Caucus yesterday, by the way, AOC was supposed to show up, but she backed out at the last minute. This Green New Deal is all about the left's agenda since the 1960s and they're using environmental scares to impose it. We originally started with the same -- these exact same solutions on overpopulation. Now it's global warming. And that's all it is. They talk openly, the climate activists, about planned recessions in order to fight global warming, de-growth. And the Green New Deal is nothing but a planned recession and de-growth -- a permanent planned recession.
Correction (3/1/19): This piece originally misspelled Marc Morano's name as “Mark.”
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