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DeSmog’s 1,000: A Badge of Honor

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 10, 2023

“Power DeSmog into 2023,” the headline of a year-end fundraising appeal read. “We’re closing in on 1,000 profiles across our databases, which demands a lot of our team’s time to update and build. Every donation helps!”

The rest of the appeal read:

Every day, our global team of researchers continues to expand and update our Climate Disinformation Database, Koch Network Database, and Agribusiness Database. These critical resources collect information on individuals and organizations responsible for casting doubt on climate science and delaying climate action. VICE describes DeSmog as the “thorn in the side of corporate climate denial” — a badge of honor we’re proud to wear!

Several months ago, I celebrated the DeSmog blitz with a post, “Climate “Disinformation Everywhere! (winning against alarmism)“. I wrote:

At some point, the climate alarmists are going to have to wonder if the universe of “climate denial” and “climate skepticism” is growing so large that the real outliers are themselves.

Consider that Anthony Watts’s WUWT is the world’s leading climate website, for starters. At this site, hundreds of climate followers, many with advanced degrees and other expertise, are providing timely, important peer review missing from even the august climate journals. (Ditto for Judith Curry’s influential site, Climate Etc.)

I ended: The “deniers” and “skeptics” are winning the climate debate. The general public is tired of the decades of exaggeration and alarm. Expect “Deny, Deceive, Delay” to balloon in size if there is a second edition.

Dear Branden: Hundreds of more profiles need to be added to the database–and should be ASAP. I will not contribute for you to do so, but just keep going. (MR readers: to contact DeSmog about being in the 1,000, email here: editor@desmog.com or editor@desmog.uk).

MasterResource has republished DeSmog profiles from time to time just to show that it’s cool and timeless to be a foe of scientific exaggeration and friend of realism. In alphabetical order:

Robert Bryce (April 28, 2020)

John Christy (February 5, 2019)

Derrick Hollie (February 13, 2019)

Steven Koonin (December 7, 2022)

Isaac Orr (October 21, 2019)

Vaclav Smil (April 28, 2022)

and myself: Robert L. Bradley Jr. (March 7, 2018)

Don’t forget DeSmog’s entry on the EU/UK climate/energy realist groups that noted:

Despite the relatively small size of the … Global Warming Policy Foundation, Institute of Economic Affairs and the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), as well as the German Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie (EIKE), the Austrian Economics Centre (AEC), Institut Économique Molinari (IEM) in France, Instituto Juan de Mariana (IJM) in Spain and the Liberales Institut (LI) in Switzerland…. [they] nevertheless have a ‘remarkable’ level of political influence.

High praise indeed!


  1. Mark Krebs  

    Congratulations Rob! I see Tom Tanton’s on it too.

    Maybe, someday, if I work really hard, I to can make the grade.



    Maybe some day we’ll understand the funding allure of a website that traffics only in ad hominen.


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