Steven Goddard

Steven Goddard


  • Bachelor of Science.
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

Source: [1]


Steven Goddard is a global warming skeptic and guest author at the climate change skeptic blog WattsUpWithThat (WUWT). The name “Steven Goddard” is a pseudonym, and there is a suggestion that Anthony Watts of WUWT knows Goddard's real name. [2]

Goddard is known for a 2008 article in The Register  where he posited that Arctic Sea ice is not receding and claimed that data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showing the opposite was incorrect. Goddard later issued a retraction on his statement. [3], [4]

Goddard operates a blog titled “Real Science” blog, originally, and now as the Wordpress blog Real Science. Goddard has gone to some lengths to keep his identity hidden and his blog's web domain has been blocked from any identifying WhoIs information.

Stance on Climate Change

“Global temperatures in 2012 are cooler than they were 22 years ago. The only colder period since 1990 was after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

Scientists have been quite lucky about the lack of large volcanic eruptions this century, which has allowed them to continue fooling the particularly weak-minded about global warming.” [5]

Key Quotes

“The Arctic did not experience the meltdowns forecast by NSIDC and the Norwegian Polar Year Secretariat. It didn't even come close. Additionally, some current graphs and press releases from NSIDC seem less than conservative. There appears to be a consistent pattern of overstatement related to Arctic ice loss.” [3]

Key Deeds

June, 2012

Goddard was quoted by Heartland senior fellow James Taylor as having showed “how dramatically the NOAA and NASA bureaucrats have doctored the U.S. temperature data during the past several decades.” [6]

Goddard's only previous connection to the heartland institute is a 2008 'analysis', A Tale of Two Thermometers (PDF) where he claims to have found cooling in the HadCrut temperature record.

August 15, 2008

Steven Goddard Published an article titled “Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered” in The Register. Goddard claimed that the National Snow and Ice Data Center plot of the extent of Arctic Sea Ice was wrong. However, on August 25, Goddard retracted his claim, saying that “… it is clear that the NSIDC graph is correct, and that 2008 Arctic ice is barely 10% above last year - just as NSIDC had stated.”

Joe Romm  at ClimateProgress reported that the retraction may have been too late, as Goddard’s article had already received over 70 references by blogs and websites skeptical of man-made climate change.



Steve Goddard does not have a background in climate science. He has primarily published his articles in blogs and newspapers using a pseudonym, and it is unlikely he has ever published in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject.


  1. About Me,” Real Science. Accessed July 3, 2012.

  2. Real Science Announces the Death of Steve Goddard,” Watts Up With That, April 21, 2012.

  3. Steven Goddard. “Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered,” The Register, August 15, 2008.

  4. Joe Romm. “A new Olympic record for retraction of a denier talking point,” ThinkProgress, August 25, 2008.

  5. Steven Goddard. “A Sure Sign Of Runaway Global Warming,” Real Science, April 15, 2012.

  6. James Taylor. “Doctored Data, Not U.S. Temperatures, Set a Record This Year,” Forbes, June 13, 2012.

  7. Gareth Renowden. “Buffoons in arms: Goddard joins Monckton at SPPI,” Hot Topic, October 30, 2010.

  8. Peter Sinclair. “New Lows: Sea Ice and 'Steven Goddard' credibility,” Climate Crock of the Week, September 14, 2011.

  9. Tim Lambert. “About that Arctic sea ice …”, Deltoid, August 28, 2008.

  10. John Cook. “Watts Up With That's ignorance regarding Antarctic sea ice,” SkepticalScience, March 9, 2010.

  11. F. Bi. “The Steve Conspiracy? Intl.J. Inact., July 9, 2008, 1:94–95.


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