Postscript: And it continues...
Anthony Watts is not one to admit mistakes. Nor is he one to let an opportunity go by to protest global warming. Nor will he miss an opportunity to have a go at people who criticise his behaviour.
After a series of disgusting articles in which Anthony Watts slammed people, not for what they wrote but for what he decided they were going to write, he's now decided to dig in deeper and in a most appalling manner.
Anthony has doubled down on his dreadful series of Typhoon Haiyan articles and is wanting payback. He's trying to get revenge on Greg Laden, who wrote that "WUWT Science Denialist Blog Hits New, Historic Low".
People will tell you that records are broken all the time. Now, another record is broken. That "new, historic low" has just been broken again.
Consider what Anthony Watts has done so far:
1. Super-Typhoon Haiyan "will be hyped" - sez Anthony Watts
He started his first protest article with:
Prepare yourselves for the second coming of Katrina, because you can bet that this storm will be hyped as an indicator of “global warming”.This article was all about pre-empting any link between weather disasters and global warming. The tragedy was just unfolding and all Anthony Watts was worried about was whether or not it would be viewed as a sign of things to come as the world warms. In that first post he was also having a go at Heidi Cullen for goodness knows what. All she did was tweet a link to a NASA article, which seemed to have escaped Anthony's attention at the time.
2. Super Typhoon is "another overhyped storm" - sez Anthony Watts
Next Anthony put up an article arguing that the unfolding disaster was being "overhyped". Yes, the title of his article, if you can believe it, was:
Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda – another overhyped storm that didn’t match early reportsThe WUWT article was arguing about windspeeds (which the media got from NASA JPL and the US Tornado Warning Centre). It was Anthony and his guest blogger who got it wrong not the media. But the real point is that while Anthony and his mates were arguing over wind speeds and saying the disaster was being "over-hyped", thousands of people had died in the tragedy and hundreds of thousands had their homes and businesses destroyed.
3. Adapt don't mitigate
Then he posts an article by Bjorn Lomborg, arguing that while global warming will make the worst cyclones worse, it's going to be "cheaper to adapt" at the global level by the end of the century. Not only wrong but no consolation to the people who lost all in Typhoon Haiyan. Ironically, in that article, Bjorn Lomborg was making the very link that Anthony had spent a lot of his blog space decrying!
4. "Global-warming-alarmist hype"
Then Anthony goes full circle and posts about the very same article that Heidi Cullen linked to in her tweet. The same tweet that Anthony Watts complained about in his first protest article. I don't think he knew what he was doing. This time he and his guest poster were apparently trying to argue that NASA was wrong about the Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential or some such nonsense. And calling reports of the typhoon "global-warming-alarmist hype"
5. Payback time. "An ethical challenge"? Seriously?
Now, instead of admitting his errors, Anthony is trying for one-upmanship (archived here and here). It is truly weird to see this sort of appalling behaviour from a grown man. Anthony has decided to stick the boot into Greg Laden for being one of many who were utterly disgusted with Anthony using the typhoon to play climate politics.
What Anthony is trying to prove, and failing dismally, is that he is "ethical" and Greg Laden isn't. All because Greg Laden called out Anthony for his appalling response to the tragedy unfolding in the Philippines and now Vietnam.
"It's payback time", thinks Anthony!
He is basically trying on: "Look at me, I'm the good guy. I made a donation of $115 to the Red Cross".
Who on earth goes and posts their donation on the internet? Especially when they are doing it just to play games and get revenge?
Then Anthony plays the sympathy card: "One of my wife's relatives lost their home." I have to wonder what his wife's family would think if they knew he was busy arguing over wind speeds while hundreds of thousands of people were in a daze, looking at their broken towns and cities? What would they think if they knew Anthony was using their loss to seek payback?
I am getting more and more disgusted by the minute. It's hard to comprehend Anthony Watts' behaviour.
Unethical doesn't cover it.
If Anthony Watts had any decency he'd stop posting about the typhoon altogether. Or better yet, he would admit that his first reactions were way out of line.
He wouldn't be playing games like this. He certainly wouldn't be playing one-upmanship with his donation or trading on the loss of his wife's relatives just to get revenge for someone telling him how dreadful his behaviour has been.
(If Anthony Watts just wanted to raise funds for the Red Cross he wouldn't be playing games with the tragedy. All he'd have to do is urge his readers to give and provide a link, for those who can't use Google.)
The above wasn't enough for Anthony Watts. He still hasn't stopped behaving badly.