If you’ve read some of my earlier posts you may know that I have tried commenting on Watts Up With That (WUWT) posts and, because of the response my comments received, I no longer comment on WUWT posts. To a certain extent, it is why I started this blog. I, however, don’t want to discourage others from engaging on WUWT as they may have more success than I had. WUWT is considered (by those who write posts and by most who comment) as being a science site that openly discusses the science of climate change. It has indeed won the the Weblog Award for best science site 3 times in a row and so is indeed a Bloggie hall of fame honoree. My perusal of WUWT has lead me to feel that – if you want to avoid others throwing unpleasant accusations at you – there are some basic ground rules that one should consider following.
1. Global warming paused 15 years ago, or there has been no global warming for the last 15 years.
Although there may well be strong scientific evidence to suggest that there has been no pause in global warming, if you want to avoid vitriolic responses to your comment it is best that you avoid pointing this out.
2. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is either not a greenhouse gas or it is a very weak greenhouse gas. At best, climate sensitivity is 1oC.
Again, there is substantial evidence to suggest that CO2 is the dominant greenhouse gas as far as global warming is concerned and that climate sensitivity is probably between 2oC and 3oC. However, suggesting that they may be underestimating the importance of CO2 is not advised if you wish to remain on friendly terms with some of the regular commentators.
3. Fossil fuels are the most effective and efficient energy source that we have. There are no credible alternatives.
Despite many countries (Germany for example) now providing quite a large fraction of their energy through alternatives to fossil fuels, suggesting that we seriously consider alternatives is quite likely to result in you being accused of being personally responsible for the future deaths of billions of people – mainly children. Being compared to Pol Pot, Hitler and/or Stalin is also quite likely. To avoid such accusations, it is best that you either avoid this topic or agree that fossil fuels are the only way to lift people out of poverty and starvation.
4. Consider not posting anonymously.
It does seem that one is given more credit if one posts using one’s own name, rather than posting anonymously. However, this is not guaranteed. So, when deciding under which name to post it is worth considering the possibility that you will still be accused of being a mass murderer and that those making the accusation could now know who you are.
There you go. Those are my guidelines based on what I’ve experienced, and what I’ve observed when reading other comments on WUWT. I suspect that if you follow the above guidelines you should be quite safe when making comments on WUWT. Happy commenting!