Anthony Watts is running out of material again. He's been working his way through the denier memes at SkepticalScience.com.
His latest is "the climate's always changing" or, as is currently Number One on the SkepticalScience.com list of "Most Used Climate Myths" - "Climate's changed before".
What he wrote was (archived here):
Last night in the SOTU address, Obama made this pronouncement about climate change:
But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
To that, I say this:
There’s never been any assertion that climate didn’t change, the idea that somehow this is something new to the 21st century is absurd. For example, this graph illustrates just that fact:
Anthony thinks he's on a winner because he knows one thing about his unruly mob of science deniers, they don't just reject the science, most of them are also extreme right-wingers who really don't like President Obama. Anthony's argument is that because, more than a century ago, Lord Kelvin underestimated how much more there was to learn about particle physics, then there's a big chance that the greenhouse effect isn't real today - or some such silliness.
Anthony Watts has an Asperger-like tendency to take things literally, when it suits him to do so. In this case it does suit him to do so. You'll notice that his literal intepretations don't apply when he describes his own blog as "The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change". Most people would initially think that meant his blog was about global warming and the associated changes to climate that we're starting to experience already. (Once a person starts reading the articles they soon realise that WUWT is just another anti-science blog.)
In his blog article Anthony included a whole heap of charts showing past temperatures from ice cores in Central Greenland and in Antarctica. Since he's being so literal we can assume that he thinks Earth has an average surface temperature around minus 30 degrees and more. His deniers really are a gullible lot to fall for that old denier trick. (Way down the bottom of his multiple charts is the only reference to the current rapid warming. It doesn't look as if any of his readers noticed.)
I've already written about his recent blog article on the denier meme "it's not bad", which Wondering Willis wrote (currently No. 3); and the recent blog article on the denier meme "it's just a trace gas" which Ryan Scott Welch wrote (currenly No. 75) - both in just the last couple of days.
Recycling denier memes from the SkepticalScience.com list. Given how much Anthony dislikes SkepticalScience.com, he must be really hard up!
From the WUWT comments
As you can imagine, the comments are just as dumb as Anthony's article. (Archived here.)
Rud Istvan, in a surprising display of self-awareness says (excerpt):
January 29, 2014 at 9:55 am
It is very difficult for POTUS right now. He is bright and knows he is right. We are all just dumb unwashed for not getting it and agreeing with him.
Then there is this one from Tim Obrien who doesn't seem to know about hot air balloons in the 1700s or dirigibles in the 1800s or all the other achievements right up to the Wright Brothers. Nor that "academics" in 1491 knew well that Earth isn't flat. He says:
January 29, 2014 at 9:59 am
Science is never settled; only dogma is settled. Reference the consensus of scholars in 1902 who insisted Man would never fly or the academics in 1491 who maintained the world was flat…
January 29, 2014 at 10:04 am
Allow me to put this in religious context, since that is the most logical description of the warmist brethren, “Anyone, or any organisation that prophesies with faith and certainty, is by their very nature – FRAUDULENT”.
January 29, 2014 at 10:09 am
I think Obama can be forgiven for his position on this. I’ll bet that if you polled the CEO’s of the Fortune 500 the majority would tell you AGW is a fact, and a serious problem that needs to be dealt with. Why do you think we are having a Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in NJ. It’s because people thought winter was history.