Anthony Watts, the king of skeptic climate science bloggers, made the unusual announcement yesterday that 1) blogging had been suspended until Sunday and 2) that he had something “controversial and unprecedented” to tell us.
The rest of us many backbenchers and observers, always hungry for any bit of news supporting our views, are now left to speculate 2 days long.
Here’s what we know:
1. It’s not something bad for him or his family. That’s good to know.
2. It’s nothing legal, political or social in nature.
…has nothing to do with FOIA issues or other sorts of political or social theories…”
But here we note Anthony left out the descriptive “scientific” and “business” terms. This narrows down the possibilities considerably. So is it scientific or business? Here’s what he writes originally:
…there will be a major announcement that I’m sure will attract a broad global interest due to its controversial and unprecedented nature.”
The key words to me here are global, controversial and unprecedented – especially telling is the word “controversial”. Well we know he tinkers around a lot and is inventive. But new products or innovation are rarely controversial, which therefore pretty much eliminates the possibility that it’s an exciting technical breakthrough, i.e. business-related.
And what we do not know:
Overall, that leaves that his “controversial and unprecedented” announcement is scientific in nature. Climate science today is controversial. Sounds to me like he has come up with hard results people aren’t going to like and someone big (like a renowned journal) has endorsed them.
Later he does seem to backpedal a bit on the implications of his announcement, writing that it has:
“…something to do with one of my many projects, it is still a ‘major announcement’ and it has important implications that I’m sure everyone will want to know about.”
Well, what is it that he has been working on for years that everyone will want to know about? Sounds a lot like it has something to do with his surface stations project, getting something published, or being appointed to an important position related to the subject. But surface stations have been pretty much covered and we know pretty much what there is to know about that.
So what’s left? There’s likely another topic he’s been researching and has not told us about yet, and has some surprising, hard results.
That’s my WAG. Next time, he should say nothing and just drop the bomb on us.
But now, until the bomb drops, we are left to speculate on what this “controversial and unprecedented” announcement of “global interest” could possibly be.