Do you think Anthony Watts is irresponsible and unethical?

Anthony Watts and Joseph D'Aleo published a report through a right-wing think tank (SPPI) entitled “SURFACE TEMPERATURE RECORDS: POLICY DRIVEN DECEPTION?”. The report claimed "Around 1990, NOAA began weeding out more than three-quarters of the climate measuring stations around the world. They may have... show more Anthony Watts and Joseph D'Aleo published a report through a right-wing think tank (SPPI) entitled “SURFACE TEMPERATURE RECORDS: POLICY DRIVEN DECEPTION?”. The report claimed

"Around 1990, NOAA began weeding out more than three-quarters of the climate measuring stations around the world. They may have been working under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It can be shown that they systematically and purposefully, country by country, removed higher-latitude, higher-altitude and rural locations, all of which had a tendency to be cooler."

All of these statements are demonstrably false. NOAA — a U.S. government agency — has no control whatever over which station data various nations contribute to the GHCN.

But more importantly, Watts and D'Aleo didn't bother to do any data analysis to confirm that the station reduction introduced a warming bias. Several individuals have now done this analysis, including some 'skeptics' and all have confirmed that no bias was introduced through the station removal. In fact if anything, it created a slight cooling bias.

Tamino at Open Mind blog - the first person to do this analysis - tells Watts "you were irresponsible not to investigate this issue before publishing your claims...your use of false claims to accuse NOAA scientists of deliberate deception was not just mistaken, it was unethical.

If you have any honor at all, you’ll set the record straight. You owe it to everyone, and especially to NOAA, to admit that you were wrong. And you certainly owe it to NOAA to apologize. You need to make a highly visible, highly public admission of error, and apology, for using falsehoods to accuse others of fraud.

Are you man enough?"

Do you agree that Watts is irresponsible and unethical? And do you think he's man enough to admit his accusations directed towards the good scientists at NOAA were unfounded and unwarranted?
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