I have just returned from a series of off-campus meetings to find that there has been little excitement in my absence. Apparently, I have been portrayed as some sort of hothead who tried to interfere with the “Watts up with that?” tour by denialists Anthony Watts, David Archibald and Bob Carter.
“Unprofessional and arrogant academic interrupts poor old denialist weatherman.” Goodness– that does sound believable. That is until one examines the complete audio record, which my trusty ‘photographer’ (Dr. John Bruno) and I were able to obtain.
What transpired was triggered by some inconvenient questions John and I that I asked during question time. Nothing more and nothing less. Judge for yourself – here are my responses to the following outlandish claims:
a. Bob Carter: “billions of dollars had been spent and the scientific community has not come to a consensus” Have a listen. How hostile do I sound? Persistent yes, but that is something else.
b. David Archibald: “Ocean acidification is the last resort of the global warming scoundrel”. Yep – he said it. Have a listen (yes, I do get a little hot under the collar – but who wouldn’t. After all, Oilman Dave had essentially called me corrupt.)
By the way, I tried to say hello to Anthony when I arrived, but he turned his back on me. So much for a friendly discussion. Who are these people?