In just two months, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) will commence, alongside a big shindig for business, the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015. By this time you might have expected the deniers to be in full swing, stealing emails from scientists, or otherwise getting up to their usual dirty tricks. There's nothing. Worse than nothing. Deniers are merely recycling ancient memes, and if anything, are on the defensive.
Anthony Watts at WUWT briefly stepped out of his hidey hole with a couple of articles over the past week, but all he did was act the fool. First in icy cold Greenland and then in sunny Spain. He wasn't just mocked here at HW, he didn't get much applause from his own crowd, either. So he slunk back into his hole and handed over the reins to his resident uber conspiracy theorist, Tim Ball.
Tim didn't have anything new to say either (does he ever?). All he managed to come up with was some quote-mining from decades-old stolen emails between climate scientists. One frustrated reader wanted to read the other 220,000 emails and pleaded for the password to unlock the files. I expect he was suffering insomnia and was looking for a cure. Gone are the days when an email from a climate scientist generates 900 plus comments at WUWT. These days an article about them only generates a measly 110 "thoughts", and most of them are empty.
Anthony is running out of people to write for him too. He's had to rely on substance-less articles by people like Eric Worrall, and reposts from right wing lobbyists. And various versions of the same thing over and over and over again. Boring. Unlike most at WUWT, Eric Worrall wants the government to subsidise everything. Well, not everything. What he's wanting in his latest article is for the Australian government to spend billions and billions building nuclear power plants in Australia. He's got some support. Not all WUWT deniers are free marketers. One staunch fan at WUWT wrote: "Governments should be mandated with producing energy for their citizens as cheaply and reliably as possible. It should be abundant and passed onto the customer at cost." Eric also wants to exterminate sharks, and probably every other species that can cause some inconvenience to people on occasion. Then there's the old reliable Bob Tisdale, who thinks global warming is caused by blobs.
Slipping across to other denier blogs. Judith Curry is getting a bit worried that she might get caught up in a RICO investigation. I can't say I blame her. Who wouldn't wonder what motivated her to give up science for denial? In fact that's got a lot of deniers a bit anxious, thinking that they are about to be put in gaol. Judith's only one of the mob pretending that she thinks RICO investigations would go after two-bit denier bloggers rather than major corporations. I don't think she's that ignorant, but I could be wrong.
And further afield, Jo Nova is all excited that her partner isn't so partial to derivatives. He's promising to develop a general circulation model free of them. He wrote:
It would be nice to avoid partials where possible, and in particular to avoid the heavy reliance on the Planck sensitivity. Our alternative model, later in the series, achieves this.I have my doubts that the rocket scientist from Luna Park really is going to come up with a general circulation model. My guess is he'll put up one of his tortuous Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with sufficient variables to wiggle an elephant's trunk.
So between the shark extinctioners, the blob-warmers, the RICO-fearers, the quote miners, and the partial derivative avoiders, there's not a lot going on.
Oh, except for a few deniers like Richard Lindzen, Richard Tol, Roy Spencer and others hawking their wares to Peabody and co, and being mercilessly taken down by Drs John Abraham and Andrew Dessler.