“IBD picks up my article on the US cooling trend” (2011-11-11). Wow, the mainstream media gets it! Anthony Watts has made it to the big time!
Oh, the “IBD” is the Investors Business Daily. Seems they love them some stupid, which makes their Watts-miration quite understandable.
Here’s some tidbits from their deeply scientific editorial Don’t Stop Doubting, mixing Muller-spin with garden-variety denialist chart pumping (an old standby in investor circles too).
The alarmists, of course, leveraged Muller’s statements to suit their agenda.
But Muller’s [conclusion] is not the “consensus” position of the team.
Now comes meteorologist Anthony Watts armed with data showing the continental U.S. has not warmed in the last 10 years
Granted, the Lower 48 aren’t the entire world, [but] “heat islands” — big cities —  should be skewing temperature data upward.
we remain skeptics and would be even if [Muller] were right.
Seems oddly emphatic for a subject so far out of their area of expertise. I guess it’s unsurprising that it’s so short on substance too. Still “don’t stop doubting” is good advice even if the IBD editors swallow Anthony’s line in a single gulp (they even think he’s a meteorologist). I know I won’t be taking scientific advice from a stock-picking website.