Going by WUWT, Anthony Watts has been trying to make up his mind whether to join the utter nuttery or yield to his craving for respect from serious people and mainstream America. It's looking as if the "utter nuttery" is winning. He used to care what normal people think about him, but I'd say he's now given up on any dream he might have had in that regard.
A few weeks ago Anthony made what might have been his last feeble attempt at respectability by putting up some "experiments" to show that the greenhouse effect is real. Mind you, this was in the middle of some really crazy articles - see some of them here - and don't forget "OMG it's insects". Since then he's proclaimed that global warming "is a natural cycle".
I'm wondering if a turning point was his foray into giving a talk to a group of deluded doctors and nurses. Citizenschallenge wrote a good rebuttal to Anthony's horrendous video. Anthony only made $250 from it, but maybe he thinks that's where his future lies. Catmando did a bit of research on the doctors. (If you are in the USA, I'd recommend you make sure your doctor isn't a member of this group - they have what could politely be described as fringe views).
Right wing extremist medicos
Today Anthony put up another article relating to those same doctors (archived here). It was about an article Richard Lindzen wrote for The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The journal isn't a real journal. It's not recognised in medical circles. It's more of a magazine put out by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. That group sounds very professional doesn't it. It's not at all. It's a fringe group described in Wikipedia as:
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine." The group was reported to have approximately 4,000 members in 2005, and 3,000 in 2011. Notable members include Ron Paul and John Cooksey; the executive director is Jane Orient, a member of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.
The AAPS motto, "omnia pro aegroto" is Latin for "all for the patient." AAPS also publishes the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (formerly known as the Medical Sentinel). The Journal is not indexed by mainstream scientific databases such as the Web of Science or MEDLINE. The quality and scientific validity of articles published in the Journal has been criticized by others. Many of the political and scientific viewpoints advocated by AAPS are considered extreme or dubious by other medical groups.Going by the articles in their journal, they are an odd bunch and have some pretty weird ideas for health professionals. (There are only 3,000 or so members according to Wiki, which is a tiny proportion of health professionals in the USA.)
Richard Lindzen espouses "Lysenko/eugenics" conspiracies
Richard Lindzen has thrown in the towel with them and has become a wacko conspiracy theorist. If you want to find out just how far from reality he's plunged, read the article. He's joined the "climate science is a Lysenko plot" and "climate scientists are eugenicists" mob. Enough said! Well, almost. He even put up those two silly charts that Anthony Watts showed the other day as it to say "if two bits of charts look vaguely similar then climate science is a hoax".
Utter Nutters vs Tarnished Lukewarmers
Contrarians are splitting into different camps. Some of the so-called sceptics have gone down the gurgler. They have departed reality for good and become utter nutters - Richard Tol, Richard Lindzen joining up with cranks like Jo Nova, Christopher Monckton and dubious characters and non-entities like Tim Ball and Marc Morano. While others have become or remained lukewarmers, like Stephen Mosher and Richard Muller who strive to be recognised as 'respectable' by the mainstream, even though they've tarnished their reputation in one way or another. Anthony Watts I think hoped to straddle these two camps, but it looks as if he's given up on angling for respect and has cast his lot with the wacky mob. You can't be aligned with Christopher Monckton and Tim Ball and expect to be regarded as "respectable". You can't promote wacky "Lysenko" conspiracy theories and be viewed as anywhere remotely close to the mainstream. Then there are the ordinary fake sceptics. Those driven by ideology but who don't seem to promote wacky conspiracy theories. That includes people like Bob Carter and Ian Plimer, whose allegiances are transparent. They offer nothing (eg "I am agnostic" Bob Carter), foolish ideas (eg Plimer's iron sun) or pseudo-science - like the ones who go for mathturbation. People like Judith Curry and maybe Bjørn Lomborg are wavering. I don't know if they've decided yet whether they want a legacy of "wacky" or "tarnished but still vaguely respectable" or whether they'll just end up with Plimer and Carter and live off the right wing speaker circuit.
The extremists, which now include Lindzen, may not even be aware just how far they've strayed particularly if they only associate with each other.
Leo Hickman writes that the era of climate change 'denial' is over. Lindzen's descent into quackery to my mind proves his point.
From the WUWT comments
Most of the comments are as far out as Lindzen's article. This one probably sums them all up well. It's got the lot. If this is the audience that Anthony Watts is looking for, then he is doing the right thing sticking close to curer's of AIDS, birthers, Lysenko conspiracy theorists and other odd bods.
August 29, 2013 at 8:12 am
Thanks for the good news, as truth emerges. The environmental movement appears to be a religion, as Michael Burleigh’s books on history make clear that often political movements have replaced Christianity during the 20th Century. Nazism, Fascism and Communism all are examples. It appears there is something inside most humans that requires a belief in something higher than self. Maybe it’s evidence of a soul?
Here's the link to the archived thread again.