There are a number of blogs that already comment on Anthony Watts’s blog Watts Up With That so this one may be unnecessary. It does feel like a few more sites that aim to address what is said on “Watts Up With That” may be a good thing. In case you don’t know, “Watts Up With That” is a site that publishes posts about climate science with a general theme that suggests that they are extremely skeptical (deny?) that man is influencing our climate (or, if we are, that it is a good thing). The rhetoric is typically extremely dismissive and they typically find nothing positive to say about a piece of climate science with which they disagree. The comments are also typically extremely dismissive and often downright rude and insulting. They claim to be interested in understanding the science of climate change and in engaging in honest debate. My perusal of the site makes it very hard for me to believe that this is even remotely true. It’s certainly not a style of science discourse that I, or any scientist I know, would recognise.
I don’t know how much I will actually write on this blog. I will try to do my best to keep it updated reasonably often. I also aim to remain civil and polite and to see if there is a possibility of having a site on which discussions about climate science can be undertaken in a manner that is consistent with honest scientific debate. Of course, I’m assuming here that others will read what I write. There is a distinct possibility that it will be completely ignored. At this stage I don’t have a comments policy. I don’t like the idea of moderating what people want to say. I sometimes feel that it is good to leave what people say for others to read and interpret. Having said that, I may well decide (assuming anyone ever comments on this site) to moderate anything that is particularly abusive or rude.
I should also tell you a little about myself. I am not a climate scientist but am a professional scientist who is quite well published and teaches at what is regarded by many to be a very good university. I have decided to remain anonymous and so aim to refrain from using my anonymity to attack those who are willing to make their identity known. Anyway, I hope that people find what I write of interest and I will always be happy to be corrected in anything I say by anyone who can politely, and convincingly, explain what was wrong with what I have said.