One great thing about the global warming debate is that even if you don’t possess the technical chops to follow the complex details, you can still have fun following the fascinating personalities embroiled in it.
Enter Anthony Watts.
Watts, a retired TV meteorologist, is helping to lead the charge against the perceived notion of a cabal of scientists across the globe conspiring to spin tales of doom so that they may undermine our way of life. His lack of credentials and the rather low regard with which most climatologists have of him haven’t prevented Watts from having a rather outsized impact on the climate debate. His base of operations is a WordPress blog entitled, “Watts Up With That” (WUWT). As editor of this bare bones publication, Watts launches attention-grabbing attacks on prominent climatologists which have helped him build a thriving community of climate deniers. A darling of right wing news organizations, he has received substantial backing for his efforts from right wing groups for challenging the widely held view of climatologists that global warming poses a substantial threat to the stability of earth’s habitat.
Enter me, Tony Heller.
Watts gave me my entrée into the climate denier game as a guest blogger on WUWT in 2008. I posted anonymously using my pen name, “Steve Goddard,” writing prodigious amounts of bullshit over the next two years. But then it all ended. Watts gave me the boot. Why? Well, Watts figured out that I was an embarrassment to his blog and basically a sack of shit.
What Watts thinks of me is laid out nicely in a comment he wrote in June on the RankExploits.com website:
“his inability to openly admit to and correct mistakes, is why I booted him from WUWT some years ago”
And there was this:
He’s hopelessly stubborn, worse than Mann at being able to admit mistakes IMHO.
And Watts refused to even associate himself with me at Heartland’s denier conferences:
Supposedly at Heartland ICCC9 he’s going to “out” himself and start using his real name. That should be interesting to watch, I won’t be anywhere near that moment of his.
So there you have it. Anthony Watts called me out publicly for the disreputable scumbag I am.
No matter, that hasn’t dissuaded me from pushing forward. In fact, like a garbage pail full of rotten meat, my blog and twitter feed have attracted swarms of followers who like to feed off my bullshit. Now ain’t that something?