I've been otherwise occupied the last couple of days and have missed a few items from denier land. I will make up - but not just yet.
In the meantime, here's a taster from WUWT.
Anthony Watts has an article (archived here) about how a bedraggled bunch of deniers has written a booklet for the denialist lobby group the Global Warming Policy Foundation. I didn't have to read any further than the first couple of sentences on page one to see that they are behaving like nutters. For example - the first chapter starts with the following quote from some Royal Society publication:
Royal Society: Yes. Earth’s average surface air temperature has increased by about 0.8◦C (1.4◦F) since 1900, with much of this increase taking place since the mid-1970s. A wide range of other observations such as sea-level rise, reduced Arctic sea ice extent and increased ocean heat content provide incontrovertible evidence of a warming Earth.Underneath that quote, the GWPF's first sentence in the first chapter - on global warming and surface temperature:
A fuller picture: This is hardly an important question. The Earth’s surface is always warming or cooling, or on some occasions barely changing.
Profound, not! So global warming isn't an important question. Right. WUWT and the Global Warming Policy Foundation can shut up shop.
Anthony or whoever penned the blurb from the GWPF wrote:
The paper was written and endorsed by the following experts:
- Prof Robert Carter
- Prof Vincent Courtillot
- Prof Freeman Dyson
- Prof Christopher Essex
- Dr Indur Goklany
- Prof Will Happer
- Prof Richard Lindzen
- Prof Ross McKitrick
- Prof Ian Plimer
- Dr Matt Ridley
- Sir Alan Rudge
- Prof Nir Shaviv
- Prof Fritz Vahrenholt
The only thing this ragtag mob have any "expertise" in is in spouting various denialist memes. I bet that most of them wrote not a word of the booklet. They probably just lent their names to it, and as probably, sight unseen.