Talk about old times, Anthony Watts is going for the trifecta at his denier blog, wattsupwiththat. He might even make the quadrella. Here's what he'd done in the past day or so:
- Climategate resurrection: I've already mentioned his resurrection of a stolen email from "climategate" - dated January 2005, more than nine years ago.
- Greenland greening? I've just written about that one too. It got a mostly hostile response because, of course, one of the denier memes is that Greenland used to be so much greener.
- Al Gore is fat: not quite but almost.
How Al Gore is a Hypocrite!
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Who's duping who?
The “barriers” to doing something about climate change are business and political interests that profit off of fossil fuels — “dirty energy that causes dirty weather.”
What. A. Liar.
Both the IPCC and Nature say there is no link between climate change aka global warming and severe weather, and so it follows about Gore’s “dirty energy” claim.
Anthony's second statement is wrong. In the IPCC AR5 WG1 Summary for Policy Makers, for example, it states that "it is likely that human influence has more than doubled the probability of occurrence of some observed heat waves in some locations" and has a similar finding for heavy precipitation.
Maybe Anthony has decided to reject the greenhouse effect after all, and this is a tentative step he's taking before "coming out" and rejecting the link between global warming and fossil fuel burning.
So as it turns out, Al Gore isn't lying. He's using strong imagery for emphasis with his "dirty energy causes dirty weather". But he's spot on. Heat waves are the pits. So are floods. So is drought. All of these will be exacerbated by global warming - in some areas more than others.
Anthony takes offence on behalf of polluters who promote fake science
Now for the bit where Al Gore supposedly insults the rest. This part of the write-up that Anthony copied might be what he's referring to:
He compared fake science from polluters stating that humans are not to blame for the climate to tobacco companies that used to hire actors to play doctors who denied cigarettes were dangerous.
“That’s immoral, unethical and despicable,” he said of both.
Now it's not that likely that Anthony Watts approves of tobacco companies hiring actors to play doctors to deny that cigarettes are dangerous. He has often indicated that he's very sensitive to discussion of tobacco for personal reasons. So that leaves him deciding to take offence at any suggestion that there's something wrong with fake science coming from polluters. Maybe in Anthony's book that's a noble undertaking.
The only other bit that might have got Anthony upset was this quote, about "game-changers":
The first is the growing realization from even climate-change deniers that something seems to be strange with the weather.Perhaps Anthony is insulted because he can't find anything strange about the weather and as a diligent denier he should. Or shouldn't. Or something.
Whatever it was that upset Anthony, I reckon he must be either owning up to the fact that he's a climate science denier or else he's owning up to fake science and claiming to be a polluter.
There is one more clue, right at the bottom of the article. Anthony wrote:
So while Mr. Gore calls climate skeptics (which seems to be the majority of the population these days) ‘Immoral, Unethical and Despicable’ ...
But look again at what Al Gore said was ‘Immoral, Unethical and Despicable’. It wasn't sceptics. It wasn't fake sceptics. It was "fake science from polluters" and actors playing doctors and denying cigarettes are dangerous.
So that brings us back to my first supposition. Anthony must be owning up to producing fake science and being a polluter. I bet you're glad to have that settled.
From the WUWT comments
April 18, 2014 at 12:11 am
No doubt Al just walked across the Pacific to get there form his seaside home on the mainland.
He’d have been a hypocrite if he resorted to fossil-fuel powered aeroplane or boat.
David L says:
April 18, 2014 at 1:24 am
Why does anyone at all listen to this idiot anymore????
Christopher Hanley says:
April 18, 2014 at 1:28 am
“The first is the growing realization from even climate-change deniers that something seems to be strange with the weather …”
Has it been raining frogs and toads in Hawaii recently?
DirkH, one of the resident conspiracy theorists, says:
April 18, 2014 at 2:27 am
They didn’t pay to listen to his drivel; they paid to stay or move up in the crony hierarchy of the Obama regime.
Another WUWT conspiracy theorist, Santa Baby, says:
April 18, 2014 at 1:40 am
Al Gore, Gro and several others helped set up the UNEP/UNFCCC/IPCC scheme. The real Agenda is international Marxism trough a climate treaty and UNEP Global Government.
Maybee he is hoping to become the first undemocratic elected President of Earth?