How does Heartland funding Anthony Watts show "the lying-based anti-science denial movement at work"?
One answer stated: "(1) Heartland is giving money to Anthony Watts" This is not an isolated sentiment on this issue as can be seen at many warmer blogs like ThinkProgress, DeSmogBlog and SkepticalScience. However, the SkepticalScience analysis is limited to:
"Confirmation that skeptic blogger Anthony Watts is part of Heartland’s funded network of misinformation communicators.
“We (Heartland) have also pledged to help raise around $90,000 in 2012 for Anthony Watts to help him create a new website to track temperature station data.”"
Watts describes the intended project for that funding on his blog as follows:
"It is simply for this special project requiring specialized servers, ingest systems, and plotting systems. They also don’t tell me what the project should look like, I came up with the idea and the design. The NOAA data will be displayed without any adjustments to allow easy side-by-side comparisons of stations, plus other graphical representations output 24/7/365.'
Watts intends to take existing NOAA data and provide a user friendly interface for displaying it. So what evidence is there that Watts is going to use that funding for "misinformation" as SkepticalScience calls it?
"Evidence" is something that supports warmist belief.
"Misinformation" and "lies" are things that are contrary to warmist belief.
"Debate" with skeptics is a waste of time.
"Skeptics" are an impediment to progressing this issue and deserve the derision they receive.
Who's really anti-science?
I see poor, unsubstantiated advice that is likely to be very costly. The risk/reward ratio is way out of whack. To ignore this is to be ideological not scientific.