Practically every post on Anthony Watts’ blog Watts Up With That is a dud of one sort or another. When both the historical record and the physical principles of Anthropogenic (i.e. caused by man) Global Warming are against you and you’re determined to shout that “There is no Global Warming! And if there is, it’s natural! And anyway it’s being used to impose a communist world government!”, you’re frankly not playing with a full deck of cards.
But there are some posts on Watts Up that deserve special recognition for stubbornness, delusion, or just plain gullibility. This page is where we will collect the gems, like butterflies under glass, for the amusement of passersby. Some are authored Anthony himself, some are uncritically pasted in by Anthony or are “guest posts”. Regardless of origin, if they are on Watts Up With That then they have Anthony’s approval and reflect his position.
Often we will have noted the flaws or entertainment value of a nominated Watts Up post in our own coverage and those specific posts will be the place to make your own comments. Do you have a nomination? Drop it into the moderated comments at the bottom for our private consideration.
(Still writing this up, but there’s no way to leave this off!) Anthony Watts spent years promising to reveal the underlying errors and fraud behind USA weather station data. When he finally finished his dance of the seven veils there was no case to be made. In fact, selecting only stations that he approved of actually increased the rising temperature trend! He still pretends that his obsession proves something.
Monckton Skewers Steketee. January 9th, 2011. (Not yet covered here)
Lord Monckton, the self-described curer of AIDS, multiple sclerosis and the common cold and famous denialist megaphone, guest-posted a critique of journalist Michael Steketee’s report in The Australian that 2010 was the warmest year on record. Monckton declared that the article contained “two dozen questionable assertions, which either require heavy qualification or are downright false.” Therefore there is no Global Warming! As is invariably the case with Monckton it is his scattergun counter-claims that are false and usually laughably so. Steketee refuted Monckton in admirably measured fashion, but the scientific entertainment continues at SkepticalScience.com (first article here, find the rest with this search string).
Commentary- Hansen Draft Paper: Paleoclimate Implications for Human-Made Climate Change. January 24th, 2011. (Not yet covered here)
Anthony Watts unquestioningly published an article from a discredited source (is the Moon really warmer than it “should be”?). Dr. Martin Hertzberg, retired explosives and combustion scientist and a contributor to the farcical Slaying the Sky Dragon – Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory (yes, the authors think their market is dumb enough to take a book with “Sky Dragon” in the title seriously), pontificates about Milankovitch cycles as the real and self-correcting source of global warming. Dr. Hansen got it wrong because of his rigid biases therefore there is no Global Warming. Too bad Hertzberg’s math is weak and his argument is weapons-grade stupid. Tamino, who knows his math, his physics, and his statistics sets him right in a definitive manner.
2010 – where does it fit in the warmest year list? December 28, 2010. Our coverage here.
Anthony Watts unquestioningly published an article from a discredited source (Hot Topic, Deltoid). Don Easterbrook tries to claim that the warming trend… isn’t. Here are a few smack-downs on his latest chart-cheating: Garbled Reasoning at WUWT, Was Easterbrook talking science?, Don Easterbrook’s Academic Dishonesty. Anthony offers no retraction or even correction. Instead the “mistake” is repeated on January 24th, 2011.
More to come…