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Climate Misinformation by Source: Anthony Watts

Anthony Watts is an American TV weather presenter and runs the blog Watts Up With That. He founded surfacestations.org, which questions the reliability of the surface temperature record. Typically more than half of Watts' live presentations feature photos of poorly sited weather stations.

However, the surface temperature record is one line of evidence among thousands of lines of evidence for global warming. Ice sheets are melting, sea levels are rising, glaciers are retreating, thousands of species are migrating, seasons are shifting, local populations of species are going extinct. As for the temperature record, warming is also being observed over the ocean, well away from urban heat island and microsite influences.

Lastly, satellite measurements independently find the same warming trend as the surface record, leading prominent skeptic Roy Spencer (head of the UAH satellite team) to conclude about the HadCRUT surface record, "Frankly our data set agrees with his, so unless we are all making the same mistake we're not likely to find out anything new from the data anyway".

The full body of evidence presents a consistent and overwhelming picture of global warming. Anthony Watts' critique of the surface temperature record is an attempt to distract from this larger picture.

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"A mass exodus of business and jobs out of California will be the likely result of [implementing a carbon cap and trade system]...paying for the allowances...will be crippling as businesses in other states and countries will have a competitive advantage."
21 October 2011 (Source)

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"The findings and recommendations of these highly respected and influential scientific and political organizations [GISS, CDIAC, CRU, NCDC, IPCC] are now in doubt. The data currently used to claim that the twentieth century witnessed a statistically significant warming trend are unreliable. The truth of that claim can be established only with new and more-reliable data. Since the U.S. temperature record is widely regarded as being the most reliable of the international databases, it follows that data used to estimate the change in global temperatures over the past century must also be revisited."
11 March 2011 (Source)
It's not REALLY warming...
"And, I’m prepared to accept whatever result they [BEST] produce, even if it proves my premise wrong. "
6 March 2011 (Source)
I'll accept results...as long as I agree with them.
"Instrumental temperature data for the pre-satellite era (1850-1980) have been so widely, systematically, and uni-directionally tampered with that it cannot be credibly asserted there has been any significant “global warming” in the 20th century. "
27 August 2010 (Source)
It's not warming.

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