Anthony Watts, who runs the climate conspiracy blog WUWT, tries to make a living from a couple of sources these days. One relies on science and the hard work of scientists to forecast weather. Anthony puts all his faith in models, piggy backing on the efforts of scientists to sell his weather wares.
The other source of his income is rejecting the work of those same scientists. He earns a few bucks from denying climate science.
If you think that's odd, well he's not the only one. There are a few science denying weather people in the USA who make a living regurgitating the weather forecasts of NOAA and science from NASA, while denying the science itself. Joe Bastardi for example.
Today Anthony is claiming that it's not true that 97% of the scientific literature that looks at the causes of global warming attributes it to human activity (archived here). This is despite the fact that there are a number of studies that have provided evidence of this. He hasn't put forward any evidence disputing this number. Nor would he (or could he). Anthony Watts is in the disinformation business, not the information business. He thinks it quite sufficient to repeatedly claim something is "bogus" for his readers to believe it's bogus. He thinks that if he tells a lie often enough, there will be some people foolish enough to believe him. And he's correct. There are people in the world who are so keen to "believe" him, that they'll put their own willingness to believe the lie ahead of the welfare of the human species and every other species on the planet. They'd rather see the world as we know it end than "believe" climate science.
So I am issuing a challenge.
Update: After four days, not one person has come close to accepting the challenge. Not one. Not even the vaguest of attempts. No-one will be surprised at that.
The challenge to deniers
My challenge to deniers is to come up with a number, and back it up with evidence. If you think Anthony Watts is correct, then what do you say is the proportion of scientific papers on the subject, that show that it's human activity that is causing global warming?
And the second part of the challenge is, if you don't believe that it's the extra CO2 in the atmosphere that's causing global warming - if you don't "believe" in the greenhouse effect (which Anthony now it seems, doesn't any longer) - then what has caused this?
|Data source: GISS NASA|
Needless to say, whatever you as a science denier put forward, it must be backed up with credible evidence. An impossible task, you'll find.