International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


The Steve Conspiracy?

Filed under: ICECAP,science,Steven Goddard,The Register — stepanovich @ 04:43

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The Steve Conspiracy? Intl. J. Inact., 1:94–95

The Lay Scientist wonders who’s behind some of the recent global warming-denying articles on The Register :

But who the hell is he? If you do a search for “Steven Goddard” on Google, it doesn’t really show up much, other than his articles in The Reg. If you add “climate” to his name, it gets even weirder. This guy is invisible. […] Goddard seems to have sprung fully-formed into the intertubes in April this year. That’s where the trail falls cold so far, although somebody is hopefully getting in contact with me about Goddard shortly.

Hmm… Steven Milloy, Stephen McIntyre, and now Steven Goddard? They’re all Steves, and they’re all global warming deniers! No doubt the Eric Conspiracy Secret Labs will be interested in this. 🙂

So what’s the deal with this “Steven Goddard” character? Apparently, less than 3 hours after The Register ran his 5 Jun article, an ‘executive summary’ of it appeared on the ICECAP site — and it’s written in the first person. Was Goddard moonlighting as a summarizer for ICECAP?

Also, what’s with the name “Steven Goddard”? I’m guessing it’s a pseudonym — “Goddard” is presumably a reference to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies where James Hansen works, while “Steven” may be a reference to Milloy, or McIntyre, or perhaps Project Steve Steve

Finally, observant readers will note that in Goddard’s 5 Jun offering, the graph captioned “Differences between reported temperature anomalies, NASA, RSS and UAH” leaves out HadCRUT1again.


  1. The UK Hadley Centre + University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit global temperature anomaly data. A separate description of the data format is available.

Update 2008-07-09: The Lay Scientist finds something



  1. Nope, it’s not a pseudonym 🙂

    Comment by Martin — 2008/07/09 @ 08:00 | Reply

  2. Uh-oh. If it’s not a pseudonym, then the Steve Conspiracy must be real after all…

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/07/09 @ 08:19 | Reply

  3. I’m almost convinced it’s that Nebraska guy.

    Comment by Martin — 2008/07/09 @ 10:16 | Reply

  4. Well, I don’t know… Anyway, I don’t want to go too hard on this guy, since I’m blogging semi-anonymously myself too. 🙂

    However I still want to know why he’s writing such blatant crud, and why El Reg’s giving him writing gigs.

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/07/09 @ 11:34 | Reply

  5. Hmm… seems the Lay Science account has been suspended. These things typically say if it was a bandwidth issue, but here it doesn’t give a reason. What was the “something” you found, Martin?

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/07/09 @ 21:01 | Reply

  6. […] The International Journal of Inactivism (having now become essential reading) points towards the Steve Conspiracy. The material Frankbi points to is currently ’suspended,’ which just lends itself to […]

    Pingback by | All Embracing But Underwhelming... — 2008/07/10 @ 00:37 | Reply

  7. Brian D, All Embracing:

    It’s back, and apparently it was indeed a bandwidth issue. I’ve archived the post in case something weird happens again…

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/07/10 @ 03:28 | Reply

  8. A ‘discussion’ of one of Steven Goddard’s articles surfaced on Real Climate sometime after 6th July: (see posting 351 from Doug Bostrom and follow-ups at 391 on the 8th July). Doug gives him a ‘good slapping’ in 391. Another poster, Mark (#400 in same thread), who has manfully been attempting to fight back the tide of denialist junk pursuant to this and previous Goodard articles on El Reg heard from our man Steven, that he was a Californian vegetarian etc. Steven, vegetarian, California… is he…another…fake ….Steve Jobs??!!! (sorry, couldn’t resist it).
    Finally on the 8th July the Man himself appears (in print only of course) in post 432 getting all defensive about Doug posting the ‘private’ correspondence between them, followed by Gavin getting involved too. Its a good thread.
    D. Robert Sutherland

    Comment by Rod Sutherland — 2008/07/10 @ 05:14 | Reply

  9. Rod Sutherland:

    I know fake Steve Jobs, and this guy’s no fake Steve Jobs.

    Now really, I like fake Steve Jobs more. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/07/10 @ 10:39 | Reply

  10. (Patrick: maybe you yourself can troll more creatively, before accusing others of being not “interesting” enough for your tastes.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/07/10 @ 18:45 | Reply

  11. […] Steve Conspiracies (or Conspiracy Theories) are popular at the moment but I was not prepared to discover that Steve Fosset, adventurer, might be the subject of a (unrelated? In the world of the Conspiracy Theory surely this cannot be the case) Conspiracy (Theory). “I discovered that there is absolutely no proof that Steve Fossett is actually dead. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I’m a man who deals in facts, and I don’t really care if he is alive or dead, it make no difference to me. What I am interested in is the truth – and a proper criminal investigation of this man’s disappearance was never undertaken by law enforcement or officials in the state of Nevada.”. […]

    Pingback by Ode to a Irrational Urge | All Embracing But Underwhelming... — 2008/08/01 @ 02:43 | Reply

  12. […] Originally Posted by Clippo g You have relied on ‘The RegisterÂ’ heavily recently. Is that listed in respected academic journals ? & Who is Steven Goddard ( the author of the articles in the Register link). What are his ‘qualificationsÂ’ for commenting on the ‘iceÂ’ story ? Has he published his ‘argumentsÂ’ in a ‘peer-reviewedÂ’ journal? Here is a link about (or maybe not about) him. The Steve Conspiracy? International Journal of Inactivism […]

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  13. Well, Steven is at it again.

    Really would like to know who this guy is. The Register is paying him, I wonder
    who else is paying him? Seems to be a McIntyre mouthpiece. Very odd.

    Comment by Trainite — 2008/08/15 @ 13:54 | Reply

  14. “The author, Steven Goddard, is not affiliated directly or indirectly with any energy industry, nor does he have any current affiliation with any university.”

    Not affiliated indirectly… as far as he knows?

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/15 @ 15:01 | Reply

  15. Is this the guy? I think it is.

    If it is, that would make him a liar.

    Somebody needs to pursue this further.

    Comment by Thomas Lee Elifritz — 2008/08/15 @ 15:13 | Reply

  16. Thomas Lee Elifritz:

    That’s what Martin suspects, but there’s no truly surefire evidence yet.

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/15 @ 15:19 | Reply

  17. I just sent him an email putting the question to him BLUNTLY.

    On the British side this is all I was able to find :

    I’ll let you know that the Nebraska Goddard says.

    Comment by Thomas Lee Elifritz — 2008/08/15 @ 15:37 | Reply

  18. Mr. Elifritz,

    My name is not Steven Goddard, and I have never written an article for the Register.

    Dr. Steve Goddard Professor and Chair (effective 8/17/08)

    He’s full professor and chair of his department now, so my guess is that it isn’t him, why would somebody of his stature put his reputation on the line? It doesn’t make sense.

    No idea what his relationship to ‘steven’ is, or how ‘steven’ got email from ‘steve’.

    Clearly he must be aware of the controversy by now.

    Comment by Thomas Lee Elifritz — 2008/08/15 @ 18:03 | Reply

  19. (phoenix: no trolling.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/18 @ 03:41 | Reply

  20. Hey, Frank: Update on Goddard you may appreciate. I’m beginning to think that “socratic irony” is developing as the inactivist tactic-du-jour, given how frequently it’s showing up.

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/08/25 @ 21:39 | Reply

  21. Brian D:

    Heh, it’s almost as if these inactivists feed on their own errors. Being wrong just makes them stronger, or something.

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/26 @ 03:25 | Reply

  22. (Luis Dias: Well, sure, McIntyre isn’t a global warming denier or an inactivist, he just happens to doubt global warming day in day out. Now please stop trolling, thank you very much.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/08/27 @ 17:10 | Reply

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