Steven Goddard

Steven Goddard (Tony Heller)


  • BS Geology - ASU [1], [14]
  • Masters in Electrical Engineering - Rice University. [1][14]


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 used by Tony Heller, according to the Heartland Institute. [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

“I completely agree with Fred [Singer] that there probably has been little or no warming since the 1940s.” [14]

“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

July 8 - 10, 2016

Steven Goddard (Tony Heller) was a speaker at 34th Annual Meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, co-sponsored by Access to Energy, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and Physicians for Civil Defense. [15]

Tony Heller's talk was titled “The Analysis of Historical Climate Data.” He introduces his talk with the claim that “that there probably has been little or no warming since the 1940s.” View the full video below: [15]

DDP listed the following speakers at their event: [15]

March, 2015

Steven Goddard is one of several climate change skeptics cc'd on an email from S. Fred Singer in hopes of countering the documentary film “Merchants of Doubt,” which exposes the network of climate change skeptics and deniers trying to delay legislative action on climate change.  

The October, 2014 email was leaked to journalists before the documentary was released. “Can I sue for damages?” Singer asked in the email. “Can we get an injunction against the documentary?”

InsideClimate News reports in their article “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” how “Many of those copied on the email thread, such as Singer and communications specialist Steven Milloy, have financial ties to the tobacco, chemical, and oil and gas industries and have worked to defend them since the 1990s.” [13]

InsideClimate News also documented all those who were cc'd on the email, including the following skeptics and groups:

DeSmogBlog covered the emails here: “Merchants of Doubt Film Debuts, Textbook Denial Attack Campaign Led By Fred Singer Ensues” and DeSmogBlog also archived a full copy of the Singer email thread (PDF)

July 7 - 9, 2014

Steven Goddard was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [12]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

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 been published in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject.


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

  2. Heartland Institute ICCC9 Speakers List, May 2014. See also ”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.

  12. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.

  13. Katherine Bagley. “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” InsideClimate News. March 12, 2015. 

  14. Evaluating The Integrity Of Official Climate Records,” YouTube Video uploaded by user DDP Meetings, July 13, 2016. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

  15. DDP 34th Annual Meeting – July 2016,” Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Archived July 22, 2016. Backup archive url: