Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Best Defense Against Global Warming Lies

In a commentary in today's Washington Times, Timothy Ball, a respected climatologist, and Tom Harris, the executive director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, offer excellent reasons why global warming, the notion that the earth is rapidly warming or just about to, is not happening.

Separating climate fact from fiction
Timothy Ball/ Tom HarrisSeptember 26, 2007

This week is especially challenging for citizens trying to separate fact from fantasy in the climate debate. From the excited rhetoric of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's high-level event in New York, the pontifications of Ted Turner at the Clinton Global Initiative or politicians pandering for the green vote at President Bush's leaders summit, the public is in dire need of self-defense strategies.

The most reliable tool is simple skepticism. "I don't believe you; prove it" is an appropriate response to Al Gore and his climate campaigners. But such a charge is politically incorrect when applied to climate change so most people need something more passive, a climate change propaganda detector.


Envoteam said...

Quoted from

The Defendants [Calgary Herald] state that the Plaintiff [Tim Ball] never held a reputation in the scientific community as a noted climatologist and authority on global warming. The particulars of the Plaintiff's reputation are as follows:

a) The Plaintiff has never published any research in any peer-reviewed scientific journal which addressed the topic of human contributions to greenhouse gass and global emissions;

b) The Plaintiff has published no papers on climatology in academically recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals since his retirement as a Professor in 1996.

c) The Plantiff's credentials and credibility as an expert on the issue of global warming have been repeatedly disparaged in the media; and

d) The Plaintiff is viewed as a paid promoter of the agenda of the oil and gas industry rather than as a practicing scientist.

Alan Caruba said...

The standard way to defame anyone who expresses an opinion in opposition to global warming is to say he or she is in the pay of Big Oil, Big Coal or some other industrial group.

Tim Ball has had a long academic life and, to my knowledge, is widely respected among climatologists and other scientists.

This post is just too typical of the effort to defame an opponent of global warming to bother wasting much time on. The blog that is cited is basically just part of the Green Mafia.