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.)
Jo Nova and her Rocket Scientist partner have continued their Big Con this year, eking out Force X and the Notch reborn in dribs and drabs (the latest is No. 21) of mostly unintelligible gibberish. The big con is based on the as yet undelivered promise that when David Evans (the Rocket Scientist) finally figures things out (with the help of Jo's readers) it will turn climate science on its head.
Climate Conspiracy Award: Tim Ball
It would be hard to topple Tim Ball when it comes to climate conspiracies, or any conspiracy theories for that matter. Tim is the author of the first chapter of the "sky dragon" book that rejects the greenhouse effect, and a darling of Anthony Watts, blog owner at WUWT. (Anthony has all but given up writing any blog articles himself. He's handed the reins to a nonentity called Eric Worrall, and fills the gaps with press releases and guest pseudo-scientists, climate conspiracy theorists and right wing extremists.)
Godwin's Law Award: Tim Ball and Anthony Watts
Tim Ball also shares the honour of the Godwin's Law Award. He quoted both Hitler and Osama bin Laden to show that climate science is a hoax. He can share the award with Anthony Watts, who posted his articles.
Most Unprofessional Scientist Award: Roy Spencer and Judith Curry
Roy Spencer wins the award for the Most Unprofessional Scientist, particularly for his Facebook article in which he suggested that terrorists kill the attendees at COP21, and for a follow up blog article in which he mocked Native Americans.
The runner up is Judith Curry who, over the year, continued her descent into science denial. Along the way she continued to disparage her fellow scientists, effectively accusing scientists at the NOAA of fraud and NOAA and NASA scientists of playing politics with science. She also cosied up with one of the sleaziest US presidential hopefuls and science denier, Ted Cruz, and the ugly libeller Mark Steyn.
Most Duplicitous Blogger Award: Anthony Watts
Anthony Watts doesn't write many blog articles these days. He won this award for an email he sent to Dr Tom Peterson, falsely accusing him of fraud, and then his unseemly reaction after it was published here, and after it was picked up by Andy Revkin of Dot Earth at the New York Times.
Feel free to post your nominations in the comments, and to create more awards :)