Posted by: Grant | September 18, 2012

Anthony Watts On PBS “NewsHour”

Conversation with global warming skeptic Anthony Watts Published on Sep 17, 2012 by PBS NewsHour Spencer Michels interviews one of the nations’s most read climate skeptics Anthony Watts. Watts believes much of the data used to support global warming theories is faulty. The big problem, as Watts sees it, is that the stations were temperatures are gathered are too close to urban developments where heat is soaked up and distorts the readings. So it looks like the earth is warming though it may not be. For more on this story, visit The PBS NewsHour:

Anthony comments – “Whether or not any of that supplemental info plus my two hours of time investment gets turned into a segment that reflects what I actually said is of course the question of the day. I have to think based on my interaction with Mr. Michels, which was quite pleasant, that it will be fair, though he did mention that there was quite a debate in the Washington office over my participation. So, that causes a little bit of worry to me. On the plus side, he said something off camera that I thought was quite curious at the end of the interview:  

“You don’t seem that extreme.”  

I suppose that because I agreed that global warming occurred over the last century, and that Co2 plays a role (though isn’t the only driver) that he was surprised that he didn’t have a “denier” soundbite to work with. I spent a lot of time talking about station siting and the effects on absolute temperature and temperature trends as we discovered in Watts et al 2012, the logarithmic response of IR to CO2 in the atmosphere and other issues from a pragmatic viewpoint (IMHO). Let’s hope he and the editors kept that thought about my supposed extremism when they edited.”


Of course, Anthony, a hero of science, is a bit of a SIF. It doesn’t matter that the USA thermometer record has been corrupted, because even the corrupted data for that single continent show no SIGNIFIGANT or unusual or unprecedented warming. None. The fossil fuel consumption over the last 67 years, since WW2, has skyrocketed to about six times what it was, while all the competing temperature data sets just show the continued long slow rise in temperature since the last of the “little ice age” stopped Napoleon in his tracks.

POSTSCRIPT – context – The full PBS Item –


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