The Anthony Watts saga continues, sadly, as the popular skeptic blogger seems to be struggling, and so far failing, to face the facts he ostensibly helped produce. Take the first bullet point in a list of things he does and does not agree with, recently posted on his site:
The Earth is warmer than it was 100-150 years ago. But that was never in contention – it is a straw man argument. The magnitude and causes are what skeptics question.
Anthony is terribly confused and that’s a charitable take. Not only do skeptics question if the earth is warming, it was Watts specifically who has long championed the Urban Island effect to dismiss empirical measurements of that warming.
There may yet be great things in store for Anthony Watts. A book deal supported by grateful industry benefactors, possibly even a role on Fox News as a paid consultant, those pockets run deep. But if Mr. Watts cannot accept the facts, in the end his only scientific contribution to the discussion on climate change will be helping bring about the very study which destroyed his last chance at real credibility.