Discredited Friends of Science Re-emerge as the Natural Resources Stewardship Project

Thu, 2006-10-12 18:07Richard Littlemore
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Discredited Friends of Science Re-emerge as the Natural Resources Stewardship Project

BREAKING UPDATE!
NRSP exposed – controlled by energy industry lobbyists (click here)

 

A breathless news release announced Thursday that Dr. Tim Ball is now the chair of a new “environmental” group called the Natural Resources Stewardship Project.

The snazzy new NRSP website announces a broad array of principles and strategies, but their goal is simple:

NRSP’s first campaign is focused on dispelling the notion that Canada needs CO2 reduction plans.
Here we have yet another “grassroots” organization, emerging spontaneously to fight the demonic international conspiracy to recognize the global threat of climate change.

At this point, the DeSmogBlog has no information on who is funding this high-tone endeavour, but it is impossible not to notice the overlap with the much-discredited Friends of Science. Both feature a list of “scientific advisors” including doctors Tim Ball, Tim Patterson, Tad Murty and Sallie Baliunas, and the ever helpful Tom Harris is back carrying the public relations file - you might call them the usual suspects.

The proprietors seem to be trying to clear up their messaging, though. For example, the FOS site still insists that Dr. Ball was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology (even if he HAD a Ph.D. in climatology, this would not be true) and that “for 32 years (he) was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.” But the NRSP site says only that “for 28 years (Ball) was Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.”

Of course, that's not true either. According to a Statement of Claim in a libel suit that HE filed, Dr. Ball was only a professor at U of W for eight years. And according to the university's own calendar, he was, during that time, a professor of geography, not climatology.

It's remarkable that this group has found the funding to launch another such expensive campaign, denying science that every academy in the developed world has recognized and fighting any legislation that might inconvenience the fossil fuel industry. But it is more remarkable that they would choose as chair a man like Tim Ball.

If he can't even tell the truth on his own resume, why on earth would we believe him - or any of his friends of science - on climate change?

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I don't know anything about Friends of Science, never heard of them. But I did hear a radio spot today, July 28/07, on CKNW in Vancouver ...advertiser was nrsp.com. So out of curiousity I looked it up online and was immediately curious. Who were they really and who was behind it? So I simply emailed Tim Ball and asked! It was a very simple question..."who are you funded by?" I got a pretty caustic response from him saying that my question was an insult, etc., etc., and do I know who funds Greenpeace?

I emailed back that it was a simple question and suggested that it's always better to be upfront. He still wasn't going to answer anything, so I gave up.

I decided to research a little more and found this blog.

Honestly, isn't it a shame that we have to worry about who sponsors or funds any organization or initiative these days?

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Thanks for this JM... it is a shame that we have to ask. But Ball and the NRSP continue to refuse to tell us who's funding them.

Maybe send an email asking whether they can confirm that they have received no $$$ from the fossil fuel industry.  

You've got to be kidding me!! How much more abuse are Tim Ball, Baliunas, Murty and Tom Harris willing to heap on themselves!? This group is a joke, and the media better treat them as a joke, barring th National Post of course, who will no doubt cast this gang of thieves as the next coming of christ.

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From their website: "CO2 is very unlikely to be a substantial driver of climate change and is not a pollutant. Global climate change is primarily a natural phenomenon and so governments should focus on solving environmental problems over which we have influence (air, land and water pollution being obvious examples). NRSP will articulate a vision that also promotes assisting our most vulnerable citizens adapt to climate change while encouraging continued research in this exceptionally complex field."

 Wow, thanks, Dr. Climatologist Tim Ball PhD!

 

Allow me to repost a comment made at another blog:

Alberta based Pembina Institute has completed a study,and calculated that for oilsands development to become carbon neutral, it would cost in the order of a few dollars per barrel in reductions or offsets.

Even at today's production rate of say 1 million barrels /d and $3 offset cost- that $3 million per day can buy lots of lunches, fund lots of lobbyists, and support many political campaigns (especially if they are playing by no limit Texas hold-em rules as the PCs in Alberta are now doing).

So, given that oilsands production is headed for 5 million/d in say 15 yrs, its purely economics for the oil and gas guys.

The oilsands resource will still be developed at the same rate, and same level of investment. Its too important for US energy security.

Placing a full cap on oilsands C02 emissions will not be a constraint. The Conservative "reduction in intensity" level is simply a cave-in to O&G industry.

 

 

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a WHOIS search of the domain www.nrsp.com reveals only that the registrants want to keep their identity private..the domain is registered to a Vancouver, WA-based "private domain registry" company. Wonder what they've got to hide?

Do the same for desmogblog.com and you get this:

Domain Name: desmogblog.com
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com

Looks like desmogdog(matism) wants its privacy as well.

So what? And who cares?