WUWT year in review – 2012

WordPress.com  generated this report for me automatically for viewing on my dashboard – I’m sharing it because you the readers deserve credit.


Crunchy numbers

8 million people saw The Hobbit on its opening weekend. This blog was viewed about 36,000,000 times in 2012. If every person who saw The Hobbit visited this blog, it would take 5 years for them all to read it.

In 2012, there were 1,929 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 8,297 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 31st with 229,775 views. The most popular post that day was Bitter cold records broken in Alaska – all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy’s Law intervenes.

Attractions in 2012

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

How did they find you?

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com
  2. climateaudit.org
  3. drudgereport.com
  4. Google Reader
  5. twitter.com

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2012 was A Matter of Some Gravity

These were your 5 most active commenters:

  • Gail Combs 2909 comments
  • Leif Svalgaard 1916 comments
  • DirkH 1756 comments
  • richardscourtney 1434 comments
  • Brian H 1280 comments



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December 30, 2012 12:53 pm

Thank you for what you and the moderators do.
This blog is a free for all wealth of information.

Richard Sharpe
December 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Congrats on 36M. Maybe 50M in 2013?

December 30, 2012 1:04 pm

Here’s to many more years!
(This is coming up Norway because that’s where I am. :))

December 30, 2012 1:12 pm

I echo Camburn’s thanks – and add my appreciation.
This is what I though open science was meant to be.
Smiles, etc. for the New Year!

December 30, 2012 1:12 pm

My admiration of your industry, integrity and faithful service is great. You entirely deserve to be followed.

John West
December 30, 2012 1:19 pm

What’s up with those people in Chad, South Sudan, and Turkmenistan?

December 30, 2012 1:19 pm

It makes me feel proud to be even part of a number, I used to think I was just an imaginary number.

December 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Congats Anthony! As an occasional poster, much respect to the top posters as well…
I have a craft beer blog that I wished grabbed 0.1% of that total in views… 😉 Just to see if I can get a bump I included it as my name link…hope you don’t mind ;0)

December 30, 2012 1:21 pm

Happy New Years guys…(i just added to your stats.. 🙂 )

Gunga Din
December 30, 2012 1:33 pm

Congratulations and thanks to you and “The Mod Squad”.
I don’t remember what led me to this site but I’m sure it was either SEPP or Junkscience.
The last time I spent time commenting anywhere was on the old AOL’s “Pet Care Forums” under the topic of “Animal Rights/Animal Welfare”. That was back in …., well, I don’t remember but most people didn’t have a cable modem.

December 30, 2012 1:36 pm

WUWT is one of the World’s fortresses against the tide of misinformation and is making inroads into that tide. Congratulations on the best year’s work ever and strength to your arm.

December 30, 2012 1:37 pm

Congratulations Anthony,
This blog has made a huge impact! The world would be the lesser without it.
You and your team have coordinated a great thing here.
Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and productive new year.

December 30, 2012 1:40 pm

Those folks in Spitsbergen are just a bunch of chatter boxes, aren’t they?

December 30, 2012 1:41 pm

Expect some modified stats from Schh you know who showing they got 42K. Due solely to the increased CO2 they inject into their offices.

December 30, 2012 1:43 pm

Happy New Year all! 🙂

Ian L. McQueen
December 30, 2012 1:52 pm

Continuing thanks for your hard work.

December 30, 2012 1:57 pm

Well done Anthony!
Keep it up, and may you and all your colleagues have a Happy New year, you deserve it.

December 30, 2012 2:01 pm

Anthony, I do not comment as a matter of course, but this is truly an extraordinary accomplishment and one of the few sites that I read religiously, if I may be permitted a secular irreverence to the true believers of all the alarmist clap-trap. My great thanks!

December 30, 2012 2:07 pm

joo1066 says:
December 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm
If the IPCC and warmists get their way – you WILL be just a number! – and an over-taxpaying number at that!
well done Anthony et al – and I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year (something I’m sure we could all do with, unless you are funded by ‘Big Green’, LOL)

Patrick Hrushowy
December 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Wow, …that’s amazing and not totally surprising. Where else is there to go for clear climate information when the TEAM has the MSM media swallowing everything they can produce with nary a critical eye. By the way, do those statistics reveal for you the number of individual visitors who visit your site? I mean individuals such as myself. Can you tell that?

Patrick Hrushowy
December 30, 2012 2:10 pm

These statistics also reveal that it pays to post links to this site on Facebook.

December 30, 2012 2:11 pm

Best wishes from Norway!

James of Arding
December 30, 2012 2:12 pm

I think WordPress should display their geographical distribution map as a per capita statistic – this would better represent the level of interest. There are many folks I know in Australia that visit WUWT regularly. I often recommend it to those who express interest in the topic and am sure it has expanded many minds.
WUWT-TV was one of the highlights of the year for me and I hope that it can happen again. I salute your energy and commitment Anthony and friends!

December 30, 2012 2:15 pm

I hope you are able to translate these figures into some dollars Anthony. You deserve recompense for the time you spend informing us all.

George McFly
December 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Congratulations and keep up the excellent work Anthony

December 30, 2012 2:28 pm

Well done Anthony and special thanks also to the moderators.

C.M. Carmichael
December 30, 2012 2:35 pm

Terrific work by all at WUWT, thank you. You are doing the work and journalism that the Hacks in the MSM are allergic to.

Steph C
December 30, 2012 2:36 pm

Great work Anthony, love your blog and check in every day.
Keep up the great work

Mike Bromley the Canucklehead
December 30, 2012 2:39 pm

With numbers like that, the Al Gore Rhythm must be getting very syncopated. All others just get ‘green’, with envy…while stumbling around.

December 30, 2012 2:49 pm

“Leif Svalgaard 1916 comments”
The old Santa Svalgaard and the two supporting elves ?
Year has not been at all bad
with four graphs that drove LS mad.
Happy New year to all !

Tom J
December 30, 2012 2:53 pm

Thank you very, very much for this blog and everything you’ve done. I know the following statement is an overused expression, but what the heck: words, alone, cannot express. And, indeed, they can’t. The United States was/is the ultimate creation and experiment of ‘The Age of Enlightenment.’ The Founders were pamphleteers and they spread that philosophy through the press. I believe your blog is a ‘new media’ example of that legacy. One of the founders (I believe it was Franklin) stated that what they had given, in the form of the US Constitution was a republic – “if you can keep it.” Maybe, with blogs like this and others, we can. Happy New Year. Best wishes for many more.

December 30, 2012 2:59 pm

Excellent work, well done & looking forward to another great year in 2013.

December 30, 2012 3:01 pm

Impressive, wonder if any of the FB links I made are part of the referral stats! In general, I think my “friends” ignore them, when they don’t heap abuse on me (e.g. “convoluted nonsense” – oh wait, sorry, that particular one was in response to a JoNova link about the 79 bn for establishment, a few mn for skeptics)
I’ve been coming here on my own for some 4 years, curious now where I was first referred from. Along with top referring sites, I’d be interested in how many of us came directly in 2012, as I did.
I don’t understand the Where did they Come From, I don’t find any info there yet from comments I get the impression people see something. I’d be interested how many others from Switzerland (one anyway, since his commenting name is Kurt in Switzerland!).

December 30, 2012 3:02 pm

Congrats Anthony and moderators.It takes Big Hearts to correct Big Gov’t and Big Green. Extra thanks to the moderators.

December 30, 2012 3:11 pm

Another milestone! Well down Anthony and moderators! WUWT is still the go-to site.

Ben D
December 30, 2012 3:16 pm

For all the firepower the AGW team throw at the WUWT team, they continue to lose because truth trumps deception.

December 30, 2012 3:19 pm

I am wondering the 1,000,000 comment will register into WattsUpWithThat?
Now just over 950,000 concepts, complaints, corrections, conversations, criticisms, and comments; but just one conclusion: carbon dioxide is not now, never has been, and never will be, a threat to the world.

December 30, 2012 3:20 pm

I made a donation today in celebration of the excellent webstats, and in honour of WUWT championing the truth. Thank you Anthony!!!
“8 million people saw The Hobbit on its opening weekend.”
If this were Middle Earth, Anthony would be Gandalf 🙂

December 30, 2012 3:22 pm

congrats anthony & co… and happy new year to all.
WUWT has taught me more about respecting the scientific method than all my schooling and self-education to date.
every visit to the website is a learning experience.

December 30, 2012 3:32 pm

Thanks so much for your efforts. I am sure many like myself click onto this site daily. It required reading against the continual onslaught of politically and agenda driven “science”. Indeed, an Island of sanity.
Best regards

December 30, 2012 3:42 pm

you’ll still have to work Tsjaad, Anthony !
happy New Year to all of you here …

December 30, 2012 3:50 pm

WUWT.com is a game changer. This is not only because of its vast readership, but also because of the general intelligence of the posts, sensible light touch of the moderators and knowledgeable comments of your readership.
I am optimistic that the leaking of the draft copy of AR5, which has allowed you people to get a preview of the erroneous science behind the alarmist claims the IPCC are set on promoting, will become a watershed. Your struggle is a simple one; to get honesty into the public debate about global warming. You will prevail.

Roger Knights
December 30, 2012 3:53 pm

I’m curious who the top-20 commenters were.

December 30, 2012 3:54 pm

Thanks Anthony, it’s always a pleasure to visit and I wish you & all of those who contribute to WUWT a very happy New Year!

Jimmy Haigh
December 30, 2012 4:04 pm

The best site on the web!
All the best for 2013.

Claude Harvey
December 30, 2012 4:12 pm

Congratulations to you and the moderators for a job exceedingly well done. The result has been a rare demonstration of “truth-telling” being rewarded and of excellence attracting its own kind.

Gail Combs
December 30, 2012 4:12 pm

Anthony, this site is addictive.
Thanks to everyone for the great education in science.

December 30, 2012 4:30 pm

WUWT – one of my first visits every day and, if there is time, I return, sometimes more than once. Exceptional. I cannot express the depth of my gratitude for the bounty of this blog. Fine science. Crafty and witty posts. Wonderful commenters — even those I consider Grinches (excluding trolls) and I will wait for their hearts to grow, too. Most impressive is the integrity, Anthony. Thank you for stellar leadership in that sphere.
One request I have made a number of times (along with swift justice for those who change historical data and alter the raw stuff) is for new institutions. Forget the old “socialist” media; bloggers like Anthony are changing the terms of all discussion and debate — openness, honesty (to the best of one’s ability), commitment to the scientific method, and intelligent reporting. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I will send my continued “subscription” early in the New Year. (Should I call it a “renewal”?) A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family, Anthony, and to your faithful associates on WattsUpWithThat.
REPLY: regarding your request, remember OAS – Anthony

December 30, 2012 4:41 pm

“These were your 5 most active commenters:
Gail Combs 2909 comments
Leif Svalgaard 1916 comments
DirkH 1756 comments

Dang, now they’ll try to find me.

duncan binks
December 30, 2012 5:12 pm

Marvellous. The truth will out.

December 30, 2012 5:19 pm

I’ll just lurk.

Rex Knight
December 30, 2012 5:22 pm

Thank you Anthony and all the help, while I seldom comment online I read your posts every day and have been able to sharpen my response to the constant flow of AGW BS that I encounter daily.

December 30, 2012 5:42 pm

Thank-you to the moderators. The comments in this site are respectful, with little off topic bickering or name calling.
Thank-you Anthony and the many important contributors to your blog, who have help to made this the number one climate blog in the world.
I wish you all the best for 2013.
Kind regards,

December 30, 2012 5:49 pm

Congratulations Anthony and Admins for the achievements. More thanks to all the regular posters and commentators for challenging me to become more informed, inquisitive and discerning.
A special thanks to Willis Eschenbach not only for great analysis but specifically for stories of your experiences, that to me, have such a warm, human element to them. I appreciate Anthony taking the chance to give that aspect of you interests a platform.
To an even better 2013 for all of us!

Die Zauberflotist
December 30, 2012 6:03 pm

Congratulations to the Bolivians, Turkmenistanis, Madagascarites and a few others for standing against the anti-science obstructionism embodied in this website. They have obviously chosen the correct sources (e.g. SkS, RC, Whitehouse.gov) for honest information on global climate disruption.

D Böehm
December 30, 2012 6:07 pm

Die Zauberflotist,
I didn’t know you were a fool. But then you commented…

December 30, 2012 6:17 pm

Well, here we are at the end of 2012 by a day.
Wow, what a year. I too provide sincere thanks to Anthony and the moderators. You have once again provided a first class platform to understand and discuss our world openly and with confidence.
Anthony, your making WUWT TV happen was a great thing. I hope we can see more of it.
Cheers to all of you bloggers out there that participate in this forum. You make it a fun and educational place to visit and you are to be commended for what you do.
I thought I would share the year in review to date to boot 🙂
Make it a prosperous New Year Folks!

Eric Webb
December 30, 2012 6:21 pm

Die Zauberflotist
Perhaps you have not considered their limited access to computers? Perhaps you would like to elaborate on what “global climate disruption” is and what we could do about it.. oh wait, even after all of the endless shouting, fear mongering, name calling, failure to look at data that doesn’t support your argument, green energy policies, and government regulation, CO2 continues to rise, in fact, rising even faster than before. Perhaps you need to come to terms with reality and acknowledge that humans are relatively powerless in the greater grandeur of the climate system and there is nothing we can do about it.

December 30, 2012 6:31 pm

Happy New year to all! Congratulations to Anthony and the moderators on such a terrific site. i add to your totals 3-4 times a day at least. The best there is for climate and science related news.

Theo Goodwin
December 30, 2012 6:38 pm

Long ago your work on this blog earned for you a Nobel Prize in Letters, a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, and many other prestigious awards. Daily I am amazed at the quality of this blog and the quantity of your output. You are a true American Phenomenon. You are a true American original, a Frank Lloyd Wright of the internet.
I would like to thank the following for their many substantive comments:
Gail Combs 2909 comments
Leif Svalgaard 1916 comments
DirkH 1756 comments
richardscourtney 1434 comments
Brian H 1280 comments
I am especially grateful to Richard S. Courtney for his challenging posts. Of course there are many others who I wish to thank. I will mention just David M. Hoffer for his excellent analytic abilities.
May God continue to shower His Grace upon Anthony Watts and WUWT.

December 30, 2012 6:43 pm

OssQss says:
December 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Nice comment, I raise you:

Theo Goodwin
December 30, 2012 6:52 pm

Special thanks to the heroic Willis Eschenbach for leading a heroic life and for all the wonderful scientific and literary essays that he publishes on WUWT. Every age needs someone who is capable of embracing life heroically. In this age, that person is you, Willis.

JP Miller
December 30, 2012 6:57 pm

Congratulations Anthony and team. Keep up the good work of keeping climate science honest. It’s not easy, I’m sure. Eventually, nature will show us how climate works. Right now we have, at best, a bunch of guesses, but hardly any “theory” that gives us the proof of the pudding — the ability to clearly explain past circumstances and the ability to predict future ones. Sadly, climate scientists are, for the most part, wasting all too much time and energy on the CO2 issue while ignoring many other tantalizing ideas. I hope I live to see the current madness completely extinguished. And, given the hints from the many skeptics about the next ~20 years, there’s a chance….

December 30, 2012 6:59 pm

Keeping WUWT together over a prolonged time is excellent, something is right. Been some hairy moments.
2000 comments? Who are these people, I’d be lucky to make 20.

December 30, 2012 7:16 pm

tchannon says:
December 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Great to hear from ya.
I’ll shut up now.

BruceC in Oz
December 30, 2012 7:18 pm

I only discovered WUWT this year after becoming a convert through reading James Delingpole’s excellent book, “Watermelons…”. I am stunned by what I have learned this year and have become a daily follower of the developments via WUWT in the largely unknown debate that thankfully still persists. Thank you to Anthony and many others who are altruistically keeping a small but bright spotlight on this important issue.

December 30, 2012 7:18 pm

Die Zauberflotist says:
December 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm
“Congratulations to the Bolivians, Turkmenistanis, Madagascarites and a few others for standing against the anti-science obstructionism embodied in this website. They have obviously chosen the correct sources (e.g. SkS, RC, Whitehouse.gov) for honest information on global climate disruption.”
Especially considering that Bolivia has no thermometer.

December 30, 2012 7:27 pm

Anthony, congratulations and thanks to all. You have created a resource that could be referenced as WUWT University! Inquiring minds just can’t get enough.
There is just so much here; the leading posts, guest posts, contributions by commenters, informative links, etc. Serious discussion, humor, and of course Willis’ adventures.
I would have to agree with Theo Goodwin in his comment above: “… You are a true American Phenomenon. You are a true American original …”
“Commentary on puzzling things about life, nature, science, nature, climate change,technology, and recent news by Anthony Watts.” That about says it all! At 135 million views to date sums it up.

December 30, 2012 7:31 pm

This is such a great site that I think I myself have viewed it 36,000,000 times the past year. Thanks to all who comment, even the trolls.

john robertson
December 30, 2012 7:53 pm

Very soon viewer numbers on WUWT will exceed those of the Misleading Slimy Media , or does MSM mean main stream media?.
Funny how truth, a willingness to consider alternatives and provide access to source information, is so much more successful than telling people what they shall think.
From this oasis of honest skepticism, I foresee the future of science, the journals are crumbling, print media has lost its way and authoritative assertions of certainty only produce snorts of derision.
Science through the scientific method lives on, at WUWT.
Thanks for saving my sanity, I thought in 2008-2009 that madness was sweeping the globe, thanks to WUWT and friends I found out its only sweeping government agencies and the compliant media.
Neither of those groups being necessary for a civic society I now have hope for our future.
Happy New Year. Buy popcorn, I believe the collapse is accelerating.

December 30, 2012 8:42 pm

Thanks again, Anthony, moderators,
And a Happy New Year!

December 30, 2012 9:13 pm

Super educational site, and not just about climate! Thanks all, including commenters and a happy New Year to all! P.S. Don’t forget the Black Eyed peas (the vegetable) for 2013 luck & health!

A Crooks
December 30, 2012 9:29 pm

Congratulations WUWT on an excellent year!
If I may add my own perspective, as a sceptical scientist who only wants to see the scientific proof one way or another, I am astonished that again a whole year has passed, a vast amount of money has been spent on the science, and yet the scientific argument for anthropologically induced global warming gets weaker and weaker – rather than stronger and stronger – every year.
What astonishes me even more though is that, as the science collapses, the politics becomes more and more strident! You ( we?) may be winning the debate but we seem further than ever from winning the war. Clearly sound data and sound science does not trump ideology.
Maybe this whole thing is no longer about science and is more about psychology of crowds and cults and there is a need for a new cast of bloggers to provide some insights into this. Perhaps Lord Monckton is right to be considering “rat holes” to try and break through to the other side?

Mario Lento
December 30, 2012 10:10 pm

Anthony: I cannot give enough thanks to thank you and the brilliant bloggers on this site for helping me keep my sanity about truth in science. I am honored and privileged to be able to get responses from the brilliant minds who gravitate here. I need to learn to be kinder and more patient with my responses to people who feel strongly that we must save the planet – because they feel that way due to misinformation from the MSM. With more information and understanding, I feel better armed to help open others’ minds to what’s real and true.

December 30, 2012 10:18 pm

I read that Wikipedia received $25 million during their latest effort to raise money… I wonder how much comes from the usual suspects that fund most of it anyway. As for me as long as William M. Connolley is allowed grave digging privileges, Wikipedia has no credibility. None.

December 30, 2012 10:19 pm

So thank you Anthony for your help in exposing the relentless censoring attacks and hypocrisy by Connolley on Wiki.

December 30, 2012 10:23 pm

No data for who got (snipped) the most? Without being banned… hmm, maybe…

Colin Gartner
December 30, 2012 10:30 pm

I’m but a layman, but do my best to understand much of the scientific talk hereabouts. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Anthony, the mods, contributors and readers for making WUWT a most enjoyable blog to follow. It’s become a daily routine for me to check in here, and follow the discussions.
Congratulations, Anthony, on another successful year. Best wishes to all for a safe and prosperous 2013.

J Fujita
December 30, 2012 10:49 pm

I try to study both sides of the issue and respect those that manage to offer up their knowledge and/or opinions in a respectful and thoughtful manner. I was thinking of one such contributor in Robert Phelan, a moderator (REP) of WUWT – gone but not forgotten. Happy New Year to all and look forward to learning more next year.

December 31, 2012 12:08 am

A Crooks says:
December 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Congratulations WUWT on an excellent year!

Indeed, but the best of WUWT is not the strident politics presented, but the demonstration of the demos in the democracy. Sure, democracy is not always fair to the heros (Themistocles raising a Greek fleet in the Persian wars, then getting exiled to Persia later), but people are naturally (politically) inert. While Themistocles being an activist of the time worked that time, later he became a nuisance (especially to the Spartans…). Anyhow, there is no need to activate our science, just use the tool that we were given, facts. The Demos Inertia does the rest of the work 😉
Watch the rats running the anchor line, it has already begun…
It would be fun to see how many WUWTers are like Willis E., “…fiscally conservative and socially liberal”.

Mike Fowle
December 31, 2012 1:19 am

Congratulations on another successful year Anthony, especially perhaps your 24 hour marathon. Best wishes for 2013 and grateful thanks for providing a context for all the nonsense in the MSM.

December 31, 2012 1:36 am

Thanks very much Anthony and moderators. It would be so much harder to keep track of the truth without the WUWT clearing house for things that big news won’t tell us. Long may you shine.

UK Sceptic
December 31, 2012 1:42 am

WUWT – climate sanity at its very best. Thank you Anthony and everyone who makes this site possible. Here’s to an even more successful 2013.

Dr T G Watkins
December 31, 2012 2:26 am

Just to add thanks and admiration to your team and contributors. Keep shining the light of science on the murky world of the propagandists.
Have a good New Year.

Nick de Cusa
December 31, 2012 2:43 am

You can add a little contribution of around 13,000 pageviews in French from our translations of 10 WUWT articles, such as this one, for instance : http://www.contrepoints.org/2012/02/09/68401-allemagne-le-scepticisme-climatique-eolien-et-solaire-gagne-du-terrain
Every little helps, I think.

December 31, 2012 3:19 am

Anthony, Contributors and Mods: Thank you for your hard work, keep at it!
[Reply: We appreciate your acknowledgement. Moderating is not really hard work, but it is tedious work that takes many hours every day. Weeding out the spam is a job in itself, since spambots have increased their posts to more than the legitimate comments. — mod.]

December 31, 2012 3:27 am

Congratulations all and a happy new year. Gail, you go girl.
Sorry for being picky but is 231 countries correct on the graphic?

Steve C
December 31, 2012 4:03 am

Thanks, congratulations and respect to the WUWT team for another year of good-naturedly fighting the good fight, and looking forward to more of the same in 2013.
You should send Gail Combs a free WUWT coffee mug or something for achievement – another 19 comments and she’d have averaged an amazing 8 a day over the year, and generally intelligent and perceptive comments at that. Thanks to her, too, and a Happy New Year to all.

December 31, 2012 4:20 am

Anthony thank you so much for representing us in this FRAUD. next year we will get up the warmers and give them something to think about . from down under

December 31, 2012 4:39 am

First started reading here off and on in 2007. Now I feel deprived if I can’t manage at least a scan of headlines once a day. It’s been implied before by those far more articulate, but there really is no place quite like this place anyplace else. Thanks thanks thanks.

December 31, 2012 5:43 am

Congratulations. I found WUWT in 2012 via the swivel-eyed ‘Wotts Up With That’ website! Keep up the good work and the measured tone – it’s a lot easier to recommend a site that makes its arguments without degenerating into the abuse and name calling that passes for debate in most of the blogosphere.
Happy New Year.

Rick K
December 31, 2012 5:51 am

Congratulations and thanks, Anthony for WUWT; the best there is!

Steve Keohane
December 31, 2012 5:56 am

Thank you Anthony and mods for a resourceful, enlightening site. An oasis of science in a superstitious world.

The Black Adder
December 31, 2012 5:57 am

Thanks Anthony and Mods…
Happy New Year!!
Bring on 2013….
WUWT-TV was the highlight!!!!
Gleick was the next…
And Lewandowsky, Parncutt ?? Well….

December 31, 2012 6:14 am

Just adding my thanks and good wishes to you and the team Anthony from the UK – and perhaps a tiny plug for your opposite number this side of the Herring Pond – Andrew Montford on his Bishop Hill blog – which I ALSO visit daily..!
I share with you my favourite quasi-Latin saying: ‘Nil Illegitemi Carborundum’ (never let the bastards grind you down…)

December 31, 2012 6:22 am

Anthony: Congratulations for another spectacular year. WUWT is the best source for unbiased information on CAGW. (BTW, am I the only one who knows that we are in an interglacial period during which the earth warms…until it doesn’t?) Hopefully, the wheels are coming off the IPCC cart for once and for all.
And…did you mean 4.75 weekends instead of 5 years? Or did I read the numbers wrong?

Steve Thatcher
December 31, 2012 6:23 am

I had seen references to this site in Christopher Booker’s articles in the Telegraph (UK) and with Copenhagen looming I thought “I’ll see what all the fuss is about”. The morning (in Europe) I first logged in to WUWT I was greeted by strange reports of emails from UEA and all the discussions about had they been stolen or hacked etc. were they genuine etc. What a start!
Virtually every day since I’ve looked in at least once and all I can say is to repeat most of the comments up-thread. Thanks.
Very many thanks to Anthony, mods and commentators for keeping this wonderful blog going and have a wonderful 2013.
(Mod’s reply to Kaboom at 3.19 We know it’s not hard work in the ditch digging sense, but it’s the tedium you mention that makes it hard work and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is grateful for all your efforts.)
A Crooks says:
December 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm
What astonishes me even more though is that, as the science collapses, the politics becomes more and more strident! You ( we?) may be winning the debate but we seem further than ever from winning the war. Clearly sound data and sound science does not trump ideology.
Maybe this whole thing is no longer about science and is more about psychology of crowds and cults and there is a need for a new cast of bloggers to provide some insights into this. Perhaps Lord Monckton is right to be considering “rat holes” to try and break through to the other side?
Have you ever heard about cornered rats being the most dangerous. Just a bit more effort with the shovels and maybe a “rat hole” or two and this could be winnable.
All the best from south-west France for 2013 to all your readers.
Steve T

Alan Watt, CD (Certified Denialist), Level 7
December 31, 2012 7:08 am

Congratulations many thanks to Anthony and all the regular posters, commenters and moderators at WUWT (Gail Combs: take a bow). Josh deserves special mention also. You have all made WUWT a truly addictive experience.
Keep up the fight for real science, respectful debate and rational policy, with a liberal seasoning of good humor.
Best wishes to everyone for the New Year. And Happy Hogmanay! May your cupboards never be empty of good single malt.

Chris R.
December 31, 2012 7:52 am

Thank you to Anthony and to the moderators. I especially appreciate the way that posters
with stridently opposed views are allowed to go at it as long as they obey site policy.
Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in physics, but the specialized
knowledge that a number of posters here contribute has added to my education.
I appreciate the hard-headed, skeptical hard science greatly. I even have a sneaking
fondness for the decidedly “fringe science” that a few of the posters here espouse.
Science advances by being willing to consider all potential
hypotheses; almost all of what is now “mainstream science” was once considered
someone’s addled hypothesis.

Bob W in NC
December 31, 2012 8:11 am

Anthony – I found your blog in 2007 (I think) as a result of a headline on Drudge concerning global temperatures—all four metrics were FALLING! What I found in reading further was SANITY, reason, common sense, and good science! DAMN – I was hooked!
Seriously, the posts and science are not only informative and entertaining, but from them and comments from those who reply, I have learned more about what true science is than I ever learned in graduate school and throughout the time I was active in science. Beyond that, I have become armed with solid facts and knowledge to set anyone claiming CAGW (etc) is real back on their heels, and getting them to think (!) perhaps for the first time.
So, as I know many others have done, thank you, thank you, thank you to you and the moderators for the incredible work you do.
At such time that the ideology of CAGW falls, it will be in large measure due directly to the information provided by this blog.
BobW in NC

December 31, 2012 8:34 am

Been a while since I last posted, but still been sucked-in to this great site every day for at least two years. The topics, contributors and the civil and helpful replies/comments from everyone sitting on the same side of our ‘Anti AGW’ fence are uplifting – especially those fellow supporters from over here in the UK. Well done Anthony and a happy 2013.
Incidentally I’ve beaten the CO2 alarmism. My 14-year old 2.5 Litre ‘CO2 Belching’ V6 Estate now actually costs less in annual UK road tax than my wife’s 1.6 Litre Mini Cooper S. Now that’s what I call victory!!!!

December 31, 2012 9:22 am

Congratulations Anthony and all your moderators! I visit the site at least once a day and like to put my views forward when I feel that I can make informed comments. The rest of the time I believe in the prayer “May the good Lord, make me keep my mouth when I do not know what I am talking about. Amen.”
It is a pity this sentiment seems to be inapplicable to so called “scientists” who try to hold humanity to ransom by scaring the c**p out of the more gullible.
I hope 2013 is a happy, healthy and prosperous year to you all!

December 31, 2012 9:43 am

What a fabulous site. The more you read here the more you learn, not just about science but about people. I have been here every day for over four years and have always found it fascinating , fresh and relevant.
Thanks Anthony , because your character and humanity shine through. Have a most excellent 2013.
All the very best to all of you too.
Warm Regards,

December 31, 2012 10:37 am

I am someone who lurks here trying to learn something new everyday. I come from a poly sci / debate background and mindset and engage in political “discussions” of all sorts on all kinds of sites. When CAGW/cap and trade were coming down the pike years ago, I was on a political website following a particularly nasty CAGW arguement between two people who both were spouting what sounded like real sources for their positions (being an ex-debater, you pay close attention to sources). One of the participants finally threw up his virtual hands at the others pigheadedness (which I have now come to regard as zealotry) and said, “try taking that evidence over to the crowd at WUWT and see what happens to you!” I was intrigued by that, and have been reading here almost everyday since. While the science and math minutiae may be a little over my head at times, the scientific processes that use them are not. Thank you for that.
Here’s hoping for a Happy New Year for all of us

David Jones
December 31, 2012 10:47 am

I was steered to this site……ooh, about 4 or 5 years ago by Christoper Booker and can never thank him enough. Nor can I thank Anthony, the mods, the posters (esp. those named earlier) enough for all their work. I am an old man (73 years last week) and not a scientist but I cannot start my day without catching up on the over night posts and comments on this site.
Thank you .. all of you. I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous 2013, with many more to come.

December 31, 2012 11:28 am

Anthony, Mods, Posters and Commenters, very many thanks from a science layman, taxpayer of the UK who is totally fed up with the PC lies and bunkum one gets from the MSM (particularly the BBC) and climate “scientists”. May you go from strength to strength as I feel there are few fighting for our side – but I’m convinced we are gradually moving into a leading position. Mustn’t take the foot of the gas though.
Thanks again.

Lars P.
December 31, 2012 1:18 pm

Julian in Wales says:
December 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm
WUWT.com is a game changer. This is not only because of its vast readership, but also because of the general intelligence of the posts, sensible light touch of the moderators and knowledgeable comments of your readership.
You nailed it Julian – and many others already above. It is the whole WUWT community hosted at Anthony’s blog that makes it a game changer.
A Happy New Year to all!

December 31, 2012 1:24 pm

This is THE site for CLIMATE SCIENCE.

December 31, 2012 2:44 pm

A very Happy New Year to all, A special thanks to Anthony for running a valuable science forum, and to the mods, thanks for being patient with my quirkiness this year (laughing). All the best everyone!!

John Whitman
December 31, 2012 4:45 pm

Anthony & team,
You have created an environment at WUWT that honors what Richard Feynman honored,

It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of
utter honesty–a kind of leaning over backwards.
[ . . . ] bending over backwards to show how you’re maybe wrong, that you ought to have when acting as a scientist.

PS – Gail Combs . . . . what a pleasant and astute chatter box you are : ) . . . . thank you.
PSS – Happy New Years to all

January 1, 2013 5:11 am

Happy New Year to all.
Just a few disjointed thoughts to (hopefully) put a grin on your faces….
Wind farms – espcially offshore ones – not a cat-in-hell’s chance of them lasting the projected 25 years (on promise of which presumably gullible investors have sunk money). The Danish offshore ‘fleet’ now shown to have a actual life of 7-12 years.
‘The wind is always blowing somewhere in the British Isles.’ Actual verbatin quote from an official at our dearly beloved Department of Energyand Climate Change.
The idea of ‘storing’ electricity from wind farms..? All the batteries on earth would supply the world’s electricity for…. ten mnutes..
CO2 concentration – ‘double’ what it is now would lead to ‘disaster’..? In your living room its probably ten times the global <400ppm – but presumably you're all still alve (in a nuclear sub it can be up to 10000ppm – and presumably the ratings aren't all flaked out on the floor…) – and anyway tomato growers inject it ino their polytunnels (800-1000ppm) to INCREASE YIELDS…
Maybe 2013 will, if not be 'the begining of the end', it might at least be the end of the beginning'…

Joe K.
January 1, 2013 8:15 am

Is the comparison to the 8m Hobbit audience apt?
36,000,000 amounts to about 1 view per day for 100,000 people, right? Or is it 36,000,000 unique views (i.e. new IP/browser/fingerprint combo per view?)

James Bull
January 1, 2013 9:24 pm

Thank you to you all at WUWT. I came here by reading Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph and now look every day if I can. I have looked at some of the team sites but have problems with the assumption that I am thick and they are right and that is all I need to know and the default option of name calling if you question the script as has been set.
All the best for 2013 and may God bless you and your efforts
James Bull

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