The skeptic/denialist side on climate change (which label you pick tends to come from what side you land on the issue) has exposed an awful lot of bad science, including some done by the realclimate brigade. Things have gotten so bad that what used to be 3 groups creating global datasets has now been joined by a 4th, to be run out of UC Berkeley (not the most right wing of places). This is because of plain old bad science. We’ve spent a great deal of tax dollars to create data sets that are just unusable and now we’re likely to spend more money to do it all again. a 5 minute pull video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BQpciw8suk the whole 1 hour talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_916464&v=VbR0EPWgkEI&feature=iv
Without sites like WUWT, this scientific malfeasance would have never been exposed. The Berkeley professor believes in global warming. He just doesn’t believe in lying to get there. The realclimate people are a different breed.
I'd never heard of Chris Clarke before today but he sure made a lousy impression on me in near record time.