Who Is Tony Heller?

Tony FUCKING Goddard
Tony FUCKING Heller

I’m climate change denier Tony Heller. You might know me better by my pen name, “Steven Goddard,” or Twitter handle, @SteveSGoddard. This is my story.

First, you should know that I’m pretty much a nobody in the climate debate. I’m laughed at by all climatologists. I’m not even taken seriously by true climate skeptics. I don’t have a degree in climatology. I haven’t written a single academic paper about climate change and I don’t have a job related to climatology or the weather. What I do have is a blog and a Twitter account. But as it turns out, that’s pretty much all you need to be a somebody in the climate debate.

My blog is a shit stain on the Internet.
My blog is a shit stain on the Internet.

Like a shit stain, my blog is ugly, embarrassing and, as much as you hate to, it’s something you have to deal with. One fellow climate denier described my blog as “the crack house of skepticism.” But enough uneducated morons and right-wing ideologues link to my blog to grant me substantial ranking on Google search results. As a result, any layperson on the Internet who has researched global warming with Google to a fair degree has likely read the bullshit posted on my website where I claim to be able to drive 250,000 visitors to my site every week and have received over 20 million page views as of November 2014. I have also attracted over 4000 11,000 14,000 Twitter followers with more than 18,000 50,000 84,000 tweets. And so although a complete nobody in the climate debate, I have a fair amount of influence over thousands, perhaps millions, of impressionable individuals who don’t have a basic grasp of the facts on global warming.

My first notable attempt at refuting climate scientists was in an article appearing on “The Register” website which was reprinted as my first guest blog post on Anthony Watts’ infamous “Watt’s Up with That?” climate denial website using my pseudonym “Steven Goddard.” Though I’m not qualified in any way to perform climate analysis, like many successful climate deniers, I have enough of a background in science and math to appear knowledgeable to the average Joe, but anybody with a serious background in climatology quickly realizes how clueless I am. But I’ve learned you don’t need to be right or truthful to attract an audience. Today’s political climate is rife with rabidly anti-government, free market types that are easy to manipulate and connect with.

My very first foray into climate denial was less than auspicious.
My first foray into climate denial was less than auspicious.

Anyway, in my first guest blog post for Watts, I essentially accused officials at the NSIDC, a government funded organization that monitors snow and ice formation on the planet, of fudging data about the melting arctic ice cap to make it appear as if it was melting more than it was. After going around and around incessantly in the comment section of the blog post and wasting a lot of people’s time with my bad analysis, I ultimately ended up having to issue an apology and acknowledge that the NSIDC was correct after an official from the organization took the time to point out how full of shit I was. Of course, that didn’t stop me from saying other dumb shit on Anthony’s blog because I simply don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about when it comes to the climate. For example, in this post, I make the ridiculous claim that it’s so cold in Antarctica that CO2 freezes out of the air like snow similar to what happens on Mars. Even after it’s pointed out in the comments just how fucking stupid that is and after Watts posted a retraction, I continue to insist I’m right.

The Dooc man had no qualms about spreading my bullshit.
The Dooc man had no qualms about spreading my bullshit.

In 2010, after a two-year stint guest blogging at WUWT, Anthony Watts figured out what an embarrassment I was to his site and fired me from my volunteer position as a guest blogger. So, I did what any denier hungry for a piece of the oil money action would do and launched my own climate denial blog, “Real Climate,” which I supplemented with my Twitter feed a year later. Continuing to post anonymously under my pseudonym “Steven Goddard,” I hammered out piles of pure bullshit making all kinds of baseless accusations against scientists and government officials. It wasn’t until June 23, 2014 that I finally started getting some traction with a post accusing NOAA and NASA of purposefully fudging US temperature data. Of course, it was all bullshit and easily refuted but that didn’t matter. It was choice red meat propaganda and so it got picked up by the corporate shills at Fox News and spread far and wide throughout the right wing echo chamber. I had finally hit the big time and now the world had heard about Steven FUCKING Goddard.

Hitting the big time at Heartland. Let it rain big oil checks!
Hitting the big time at Heartland. Let it rain big oil checks!

But now that I was getting some attention, it became clear that I couldn’t properly capitalize on my new found notoriety by remaining anonymous. So on June 27, 2014, I revealed my true identity, Tony Heller.

My next big break was my speaking gig at Heartland Institute’s climate denier conference held in Las Vegas just a couple of weeks later in July. You can watch my rambling, bumbling presentation at the conference here. Despite my rather underwhelming talk, the event was still a fantastic opportunity to network with other climate deniers and start connecting with others who could help me get paid for spewing my bullshit to my denier lemmings and clouding the climate change debate for my unsuspecting readers.

Since that time, the hundreds of embarrassingly bad blogs posts that would torpedo any real scientist’s career hasn’t put a dent in my career as a professional denier. For example, there was the time I confused sea ice with a glacier on my blog and had to erase all evidence of my post when I got called out on it. Despite my buffoonery, things have actually been going swimmingly. Because fake news has become indistinguishable from real news in the minds of many and because scientific knowledge has been overwhelmed with nonsense, it makes it possible for someone like me to have real influence. My bogus charts have been cited by the likes of United States Senator Ted Cruz and I even appeared and spoke alongside Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts at his press conference in 2016. I’m also now frequently quoted as a climate authority by right wing propaganda outlets like Climate Depot and Breitbart.

Don’t agree with me? You must be a climate terrorist.

I’m looking forward to continuing my work and building upon my reputation as an unapologetic sociopath and fighting the climate jihadists with juvenile insults. I am a rabid partisan and my work is an extension of my extreme right-wing ideology. Do I feel shame deceiving readers with unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, half truths, and ceaseless cherry picking? Nope! In fact, I view all progressives as the enemy and I will gladly say next to anything if I think it will undermine them. And I certainly have no issue with doing all this work for money so please donate today!

59 thoughts on “Who Is Tony Heller?

  1. I always like hearing how American deniers claim global data was doctored by Americans.

    Umm… Hello. Its global data, and the IPCC is International. “In-ter-na-shon-all”

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  2. We all know you’re a sock puppet. I’m asking if you’re a retard. Evidently, yes.

    There is no argument about whether or not the temperature data is adjusted. It is a universally accepted fact.

    My response was to “anoilman”, who didn’t seem to understand how it was done.

    As for you, try the decaf. Seriously. You are obviously experiencing some kind of personal issues.

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    • Yes, I have personal issues, obviously: http://bit.ly/14MdGpb

      Oh, believe me, I know they doctor data, that’s one of my crackpot theories. I just didn’t know they publicly admitted to it. Kind of stupid of them to do that, don’t you think? I’m just wondering why the New York Times and media around the globe is not covering this important fact that’s there for everyone to see. I guess it’s an even bigger conspiracy than I imagined!

      So, are you a fan of mine? Wondering if you can put in a good word with Anthony Watts for me. I want to start blogging again on WUWT: http://bit.ly/1rLNWSe

      And which of my crackpot theories do you think is most convincing? Trying to determine which one I should blog about next.

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      • “And which of my crackpot theories do you think is most convincing?”

        Adjusted data. No one is denying it so that’s pretty convincing!

        Discussing the Harry_Read_Me.txt file could provide some interesting insight. I sympathize with the guy; he has an impossible task and does the best he can which appears to be pretty good. But it smashes any hope that there’s this uncontaminated huge file of every temperature measurement ever made anywhere on Earth.

        I am also a computer programmer; I find the whole thing as true-to-life as “Dilbert” and at times as amusing.

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      • The only reason NOAA admits to doctoring the data is they knew they could not do it un-noticed, so they knew they had to make up a bunch of excuses. They aren’t admitting it as much as bullshitting about why.

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  3. Almost my first and last exposure with Steve Goddard was some years ago on WUWT when he proved that Venus was hot not because of CO2 but because of PV=nRT.

    So now I’m wandering the web and run into this great site. Nice to meet you, Tony. Sorry to hear that Watt’s has sent you into exile.

    Also on my mind a question which, however inappropriate here, I’m gonna ask anyway… Not long ago I came across a climate denialist who had also published online his proof that the moon landings were a hoax because the Saturn V was demonstrably incapable of the fuel-energy load required – or something like that.

    Now I can’t remember who he was or where and I can’t find it on Google. Any help? I’m quite sure it wasn’t Steve Goddard. Or was it?

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    • Moon landing denial was fairly common until “Myth Busters” busted that meme. It is amazing that NASA cannot squelch that meme but “Myth Busters” can do so quite handily. There’s an important lesson in there somewhere, probably containing some mention of government in the same sentence as trustworthy.

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  4. 1) there is no such thing as a climate denialist. Everyone knows the climate exists and changes from time to time. the question is HOW and WHY it changes. AGW believers think manmade CO2 causes climate change. AGW skeptics think manmade CO2’s contribution is overstated, and natural processes are responsible for most of climate changes.

    2) climate skeptics who believe the moon landings were fake or the Earth is only 6000 years old or various other crackpot theories don’t exist, and that’s why you can’t find evidence of their existence.

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  5. 1) “You’re” not Tony Heller or Stephen Goddard. You’re a sock puppet.

    2) The last time I checked, Venus and Earth were two different planets with two completely different sets of characteristics. I have no idea what makes the temperature of Venus so high. Lack of a moon to thin away the atmosphere? Closer proximity to the sun? Denser atmosphere that traps more heat? Some other factors?

    Regardless, arguments regarding Venus’ climate and arguments regarding Earth’s climate are two completely different subjects. I imagine that people who disagree on one planet could conceivably agree on the other. Or maybe not. Who knows? I haven’t researched the possibility.

    3) The real life Tony Heller seems to have some anger management issues, and he doesn’t seem to be able to play nicely with others. However, I can think of plenty of thin-skinned, prickly AGW believers, so what’s the point? There are ego-driven, flawed personalities with track records of producing fact-deficient, fraudulent or dishonest statements on both sides.

    I get that Tony rubs you the wrong way. For some reason climate science is a subject that makes people very emotional, very quickly, after the start of any discussion.

    Here’s a theory: is it possible that, subconsciously, we all know (both believers and skeptics) that the argument regarding which factors force climate changes (and the contributing percentages of each) won’t be definitively quantified, beyond further debate, until decades upon decades in the future, when we’ll all be resting in our graves and unable to gloat or mourn that our side was right/wrong?

    In other words, is all this emotion merely the bubbling over of unconscious frustration at the knowledge that we can’t settle the argument for good, for a long, long time?

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  6. “climate skeptics who believe the moon landings were fake or the Earth is only 6000 years old or various other crackpot theories don’t exist”

    That’s a rather bold statement. With 7 billion people on Earth I suspect you can find any combination of belief and disbelief imaginable and some that aren’t imaginable.

    Given the enormous number of people in the United States that believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, I suspect that a good proportion of them also think the Earth is in Gods hand and therefore global warming is either (1) irrelevant, (2) nonexistent or (3) one of the plagues and cannot be stopped anyway.

    The age of the earth is mostly irrelevant in this context — so long as it is older than recorded history, who cares? But the relevant factor is whether any person is willing to do something about it. The “its in Gods hand” crowd cannot be moved to do something about it; it makes no difference what side of this debate they believe.

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    • Yes, it is a bold statement. I should have thrown in a qualifier.

      And you are right about the religious fundamentalists. Their opinions and beliefs are somewhat irrelevant.

      I personally believe the Bible supports the Big Bang theory, as well as evolution, if you interpret it liberally enough. Just stretchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh those metaphors until you’re satisfied. Then we’re all on the same page.

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      • “I personally believe the Bible supports the Big Bang theory”

        Yep. Let there be light.

        “as well as evolution”

        Indeed. Let the earth bring forth life.

        It’s a bit weak on details, nothing about Higgs bosons.

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  7. Ok, whatever, Mr. Sock Puppet. Have fun acting out your weird little charade.

    BTW, I have a chemical engineering degree from one of the highest ranked engineering schools in the US. So feel free to make yourself look like a fool by assuming all kinds of ridiculous things about my “lack of science knowledge”.

    “So how about you go ask what Dr. Roy Spencer, a well-known climate skeptic, what he thinks of this bullshit idea that high temperatures on Venus are caused by high pressure, maybe you’ll believe him instead: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2011/12/why-atmospheric-pressure-cannot-explain-the-elevated-surface-temperature-of-the-earth/

    LMAO- do you even bother to read the crap you type? Did you SERIOUSLY use a Roy Spencer article about EARTH to claim he was disagreeing with Tony Heller’s theory about VENUS???

    Nice own goal, sock puppet.

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    • Looks like I’m going to have to break it all down in baby steps for you. Apparently, eighth-grade-level blog posts are beyond your reading comprehension (sorry if this insults you, nasty habit of mine).

      Step 1: Read this tweet from me: https://twitter.com/SteveSGoddard/status/459688620262031361

      OK, got that? I believe the temperature on Venus is hot because it has a high pressure. This is not true, but this is what I believe.

      Step 2: Now read this tweet that clearly demonstrates that the phenomena that I think explains why it’s hot on Venus happens here on Earth, too: https://twitter.com/SteveSGoddard/status/448841986393403393

      OK, you with me so far? We can agree the Grand Canyon is here on Earth, right? So this should make it abundantly clear to you that I think that the ideal gas law applies to atmospheres on planets and I think using the ideal gas law is the proper approach to determining the temperature on a planet. If you disagree with my assessment of what I believe, go read this http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/please-stop-the-stupid/ where a I clearly talk about the ideal gas law: PV=nRT and how I think it applies to planets with atmospheres.

      Step 3: Now go look at this blog post where *I come right out and fucking say* that Earth would be just like Venus if it had a thicker atmosphere: https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/what-keeps-earth-from-being-like-venus/

      I’ll spoon feed you the sentence from that last post I linked you to:

      “Without these limestone beds, earth would have a very thick, high pressure atmosphere and would be hot like Venus.”

      So beyond a shadow of a doubt, I think the physical properties on Venus apply to us here on Earth. And I think that if the Earth had a thick atmosphere it would cause more pressure which would increase the temperature. I just fucking said it. You cannot possibly deny what I just said. I just quoted it to you. And you cannot possibly claim that I don’t draw a correlation between what happens on Venus with what happens here on Earth. I just unequivocally showed you that I do make a correlation between what happens on Venus and what happens on Earth.

      Now my ideas about thicker atmosphere alone (and not greenhouse gases) causing higher temperatures on Venus and Earth are batshit crazy wrong, but that’s what I believe. And that blog post from Dr. Roy Spencer that I linked you to (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2011/12/why-atmospheric-pressure-cannot-explain-the-elevated-surface-temperature-of-the-earth/) explains why what I believe is completely fucking wrong. The guy on WUWT explains it to you, too: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/24/refutation-of-stable-thermal-equilibrium-lapse-rates/

      By the way, congrats on having a chemical engineering degree. But that by itself means almost nothing. Oliver Manuel has a nuclear physics degree and is a teaching professor and had a paper published claiming that the sun is made of iron not hydrogen: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/07/020717080229.htm

      So yes, you can still be an absolute crackpot (as you are proving yourself to be by trying to defend me) and hold a degree at the same time. Degrees mean nothing. Hard data, good data analysis and a peer review process of that data and analysis are what science is all about.

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      • LMAO! Here is a direct quote from my earlier comment:

        “The real life Tony Heller seems to have some anger management issues, and he doesn’t seem to be able to play nicely with others. However, I can think of plenty of thin-skinned, prickly AGW believers, so what’s the point? ”

        Does that sound like a defense of Tony?

        Trust me, you hysterical fool, you are just as messed up as you claim Tony to be. Maybe more. Buh bye.

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      • Much worse than defending his sociopathic personality, you are defending his nutty theory for why it’s hot on Venus which overturns well established and non-controversial facts of planetary science.

        But at least we can agree I’m totally fucked up. That’s progress.

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  8. OK, I’ll play your little game. Show me where I supported Tony’s Venus theory. Quote me verbatim. And don’t use this:

    “The science sounds pretty reasonable. The thick cloud cover seems to rule out a greenhouse mechanism.”

    That’s an OBSERVATION, not a DEFENSE.

    And for fuck’s sake, lighten up. I’m just a bored guy talking on the Intertubes. I’m not your enemy.

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  9. There are several examples of outright fraud in Steve Goddard’s (real name Tony Heller) presentation.

    “Global Warming Deniers claim that Global Warming is a hoax/fraud/scam. They lie, they are willfully ignorant, and they are wrong.”
    Steve Goddard (real name Tony Heller) is still another example of the fraud committed by Global Warming Deniers.

    http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdGlobalWarmingStoppedIn1998.html (Near the bottom of the page)

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  10. Is it just me, or am I alone here?
    Do I pretend to be some guy I hate? Or do I hate that I’m some guy who pretends?
    Can we- write our own blog that people read and be almost the only one who backs it up? Or can we back up on our own, then re-write the only one blog that people almost read?
    Am I tired of writing this? Or am I writing this cuz I’m tired?
    Will you joke about those who disagree with what they read here? Or will they read about you here cuz you’re a disagreeable.. wait. That’s not nice!

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  11. Oh my goodness I tried making a t-shirt smaller to fit me better and I have resceiovdred my sewing skills are sorely lacking. I don't suppose you wanna help my fix it and mabe teach me a thing or two??? We could get together and have an evening through the week of amazing craftiness. We could document in here? Whaddaya think?

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  12. Muito bom. Acho certo dizer que essa capa resume tudo que já houve de errado na vida do Batman, durante toda sua ex.nmêsciaiSimplestente demais. 8)

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