This now includes the suggestions below. Thanks to those who made suggestions. Inevitably it is still going to have missed people like e.g. the journalist Delingpole and the many contributors in WUWT – sorry if you are one. Please add suggestions to the comments.
|Year||Greatest Contribution||Worst Contribution|
|2012||Peter Gleick for showing the true nature of climate science
Svensmark, Martin Enghoff and Jens Olaf Pedersen for their paper: “Response of Cloud Condensation Nuclei (> 50 nm) to changes in ion-nucleation“
|Peter Gleick for shooting himself in the foot.
|2011||Jasper Kirkby: for his work linking cloud formation to cosmic rays||BBC for Meet The Sceptics another BBC stitch-up
Wolfgang Wagner for resigning as Editor-in-chief of Remote Sensing over Spencer & Braswell paper.
Kevin Trenberth for advocating reversing the ‘null hypothesis’
|2010||Andrew Montford for the Hockey Stick Illusion||
Oxburgh & Muir Russell for the appalling climategate inquiries
|2009||Climategate leaker(s)||Phil Jones|
|2008||Lord Monckton for his numerous tours, speaking engagements and for taking the BBC to court
Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change
Christopher Booker – for his article: 2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved
|Maggie Kendall Zimmerman for her paper which manufactured the overwhelming consensus of 97%**
**(97% thought it had warmed since the little ice age)
|2007||Anthony Watts for: SurfaceStations.org project
Martin Durkin for: The Great Global Warming Swindle
|Fourth IPCC report
Nobel Committee for giving Gore a prize
|2006||Anthony Watts for establishing WUWT
Nir Shaviv for his paper “Celestial Driver of Phanerozoic Climate”
|Al Gore’s for his fiction: An Inconvenient Truth.
Stern & his Report
|2005||McIntyre for starting ClimateAudit.org||Kyoto Treaty
|2004||Travis, Carleton, Lauritsen, for investigation the effects of no contrails after 911 (Regional Variations in U.S. Diurnal Temperature Range for the 11–14 September 2001Aircraft Groundings: Evidence of Jet Contrail Influence on Climate)||Naomi Oreskes – For manufacturing the myth of a global warming consensus: “Not one of the papers refuted the claim that human activities are affecting Earth’s climate”|
|2003||Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick on “Corrections to the Mann et al. (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series”
Fred Singer for the: Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
Sen James M. Inhofe for his statement on climate change.
|The European Heat Wave, which scared the pants of Europeans.|
|2002||Michael Roderick Graham Farquhar. For his investigation of global Dimming as a climate driver in: The cause of decreased pan evaporation over the past 50 years||Parliaments in the European Union, Japan and others for ratifying Kyoto
The Larson B ice shelf in Antarctica for collapsing & losing about 3250 square kilometres and scaring everyone.
|2001||Planet Earth – for not warming since.
Arthur B. Robinson for the Oregon Petition (currently has 31,000 signatures)
|Everyone in the IPCC
Harries JE, Brindley HE, Sagoo PJ For comparing two satellites 27 years apart and saying it “proves unequivocally that global warming is real. “
|2000||S. Fred Singer for his Testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Climate Change
Richard S. Lindzen for his paper: Does the Earth Have an Adaptive Infrared Iris?
|The Millennium – for being a time which seems to engender hysteria.|
|pre 2000||1998: Svensmark for his work: Influence of cosmic rays on earth’s climate.
1995: Richard Lindzen for his essay “Science and Politics: Global Warming and Eugenics”
1990: UK Channel 4 for The Greenhouse Conspiracy
1975: Wallace S. Broecker for his paper: Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming? which correctly identified the evidence against global cooling and the likely warming effect of rising CO2.
|1998: Mann for the fabrication of the hockey Stick
1988: James Hansen for turning off the air conditioning before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the United States Senate
John Harrison, was the person who created the modern world, almost literally. He is the person who invented a clock that was accurate enough to measure longitude (distance West-East). It was accurate enough to map the globe. Better still, the royal society hated him. They wanted this other person who was using the small change in position of the moon to get the prize. But just like the climate, they might have believed in the theory, but it would not work in practice.