Once upon a time there was a famous climate blog called Climateprogress.org. It was run by a guy called Joseph Romm who liked ‘debunking’, self-linking, putting heads into vises and posting pictures of tea parties.
Sure, Joe Romm was paid to do what he did, and Romm obviously had it good (blog during weekdays and take weekends off!). Sure he practised a strict regime of censorship on his website, but so do Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, Grant Forest, Deep Climate, Climate Kate, Tim Lambert, desmugblog, Stoat Connolley and many others in the consensus side.
Nevertheless Romm clearly did his own thing in his own little corner of the web, climateprogress.org – where he hung out with his Dragon Naturally-generated logorrheic diatribes, small shark-jumping cartoons and his cute weekend open threads with the fainting eco-depressed ladies. Frequently Romm would open up his blunderbuss on his own team: Roger Pielke Jr, Mathew Nisbet, Roger Pielke Sr (among many, many others) and hilarity would ensue. Sure he got paid doing what he did, but in return he scrubbed denier comments all day and listened to the eco-wailings of the same sixteen people for years on end—amply compensated indeed.
But tragedy has struck. The Center for American Progress has taken Joe Romm’s blog, obliterated its domain name and dumped it. Sure Romm still says he’s the boss, sure he says its the same as before, but we know better. The ‘thinkprogess’ home page shows not a trace of the brand-name ‘climateprogress’, in name or in url. Joe Romm himself is sandwiched off in one corner, between two other people Matthew Yglesias and someone called Alyssa, and next to an acronym ‘LGBT’. I had to go look that one up – apparently it stands for ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender’. Look for yourself: it looks as though Alyssa, Romm and Yglesias are three different ‘lesbian and gay’ bloggers.
So there you go, the world best climate blogger, stuffed with Alyssa and Yglesias and the gays and lesbians.