The climate science blog known as Climate Etc is essentially infested with cranks, crackpots, and wackos, each with their own pet theory on why the consensus AGW science is wrong or an alternate view is preferred over the basic greenhouse-gas-based physics.
As someone mentioned, crackpot theories on global warming are almost fractal in nature — in other words, wrong on almost every scale that you can interpret them.
I compiled the following “Field Guide” in response to my experiences commenting at that site. The most unusual statistical anomaly concerns the relative abundance of crackpots from Down Under, who also seem to be the most rabid, a trait that one might trace to the Oz tradition of mocking authority, known as Larrikinism.
Whatever compelled me to keep track of these clowns (who are vaguely similar to the fossil fuel cornucopians on oil depletion blogs) I hope it provides some levity.
I want to add that that I have largely stopped commenting at Climate Etc because the editorial policies of the blog site’s owner do not allow singling out of crackpots, but instead allow the crackpots themselves free reign (and the blog’s proprietor never engages with the crackpot theorists themselves, therefore essentially condoning the pseudo-scientific ideas. Kind of counter-effective to advancing science, in my opinion).
curryja | January 16, 2013 at 5:42 am“Very large number of comments (approaching 10% of total CE comments) plus too many insults. I will take you off moderation if you can calm down the insults. Also, anyone that mentioned ‘BBD’ in their comment also went into moderation, so I could assess both sides of these exchanges.”
The commenter BBD happens to be the most sensible commenter on the site. No wonder the site is such a magnet for Why People Believe Weird Things. It’s not quite as bad and one-sided as the infamously insane “Best Scientific Blog” WUWT, but that’s not saying much.
This bit explains everything, and essentially provides a rationale for why my documentation of these climate clowns is needed.