Happy new year, one and all. It's been quite a year, and another hot one. It's also that time of the year when bloggers do a round up of what happened in 2015. This year I've put together some of the most memorable denier moments and present them as awards. Ask me tomorrow and I might put together different instances. There are so many examples from which to choose. Anyway, here goes:
Arithmetic Fail Award: Judith Curry
The Arithmetic Fail Award goes to Judith Curry, who couldn't figure out if more than half and more than 50% meant the same thing, and was gobsmacked to discover that science shows that human activity has probably caused more than 100% of the warming since 1950. (Link)
Most Boring Blogger Award: Bob Tisdale
The Most Boring Award will be no surprise. It goes to Bob Tisdale, who is widely regarded as the most boring blogger by science deniers and science lovers alike. Bob is what is known as a pseudo-scientist, a quack, a crank. He can also be described as a climate conspiracy theorist, or libeller, who claims that scientists fudge the data. He has a reputation for trying to deceive his readers. However because his articles are so tedious, he doesn't rank among the top science disinformers.
Big Con Award: Anthony Watts and Jo Nova (and her Rocket Scientist)
The Big Con award is shared between Anthony Watts and Jo Nova, with her Rocket Scientist from Luna Park.
Anthony Watts' Big Con was his heralded secretive society, which is still dormant. The Open Atmospheric Society was created in 2012 but it took two years before Anthony Watts announced it. It took another 12 months before it was discovered (properly, though not announced) that it was a creation of Anthony Watts himself. Despite lots of promises and solicitation for members in September 2014, there was no sign of action, apart from a badly written press release, until June 2015. In July this year Anthony announced that he was seeking nominations for the board that was supposed to be in place six months earlier (by 1st January 2015). The vote was meant to be held by 20 August this year, but nothing has been announced. (It's also noteworthy that Anthony hasn't chosen his own journal to publish the paper he first promised back in 2012.)