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Channel 4 Now Ashamed of its Experts

After a DeSmogBlog post yesterday complained about academic misrepresentation in the promotional material for a UK television show (The Great Global Warming Swindle), Channel 4 went back into its website and removed all reference to the “experts” that it plans to quote in the program, due to air March 8 at 9 .m.

R. Timothy Patterson

R. Timothy Patterson


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 1986.
  • B.A.,  Geology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., 1983.  
  • B.Sc., Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1980.

Source: [1]


Timothy Patterson is a professor of geology at Carleton University.


Tim Ball: Deceptions, Prevarications and Arguments with no Evidence

The following article, (with my own annotations in boldfaced italics), popped up last week on a right-wing website called HumanEvents .

Tad Murty


Tad Murty


  • Ph.D., MS, Oceanography and Meteorology, Chicago, USA.
  • M.Sc., India.
  • B.Sc., India.

Source: [1], [2]

Dr. Tim Ball: The Lie that Just Won't Die

The deathless and - in many specific respects - completely fictional meanderings of Dr. Tim Ball have begun appearing again on right-wing blogs all over the net. At City Troll, at Convenient Untruth and at New Orleans Lady, the same tired and retreaded old climate rant paints Dr. Ball as the courageous victim of a plot to silence a well-meaning skeptic.

But Ball can’t even tell the truth about his own resume. His claim to be the first Climatology Ph.D. in Canada is a total falsehood; his degree was in historical geography - not climatology - and it was nowhere near the first ever granted to someone writing vaguely in the field.  It also was granted by the university as a doctor of philosophy, not the more prestigious “doctor of science” that Ball claims in these articles.

Timothy F. Ball (Tim Ball)


Timothy F. Ball (Tim Ball)


  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Science), University of London, England.
  • M.A., University of  Manitoba.
  • B.A., University of Winnipeg.

Source: [1]


Rightwing Site Now NRSP Central

The tireless Tom Harris, executive director of the NRSP (Not Really Science People), has discovered the right-wingy Alberta website Free Dominion, “The Voice of Principled Conservatism.” Harris popped up on FD a week ago, pleading for $10 donations that might help him argue that his mysteriously funded astroturf group is actually a grassroots organization with wide public support.

Sierra Club Drowns in Own Climate Catastrope

The Sierra Club of B.C. has committed the biggest climate change-related PR blunder of the year with a press release and (very cool) internet graphic showing Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, drowning under sea-level rises of six to 25 metres.

The latest estimates of pending climate catastrophe suggest that a six-metre sea-level rise is possible by the time our grandchildren are facing down old age. But a 25-metre rise is likely hundreds of years away, even in a worst case scenario. Suggesting otherwise merely gives ammunition to the deniers who say (accurately in this case) that crazed environmentalists are stirring up public hysteria without any regard for scientific fact.


There was a letter in the Victoria Times Colonist today from Dr. Andrew Weaver, Professor and Canada research chairman, climate modelling and analysis, University of Victoria.

The letter backs up most of what Richard writes in his post.

There were others as well, here and here.

Lonely NRSP "experts" Shouting into the Wind

Here 's a bit of pathos, the lonely lament of a couple of public relations has-beens who can no longer get anyone (other than Financial Post Editor Terence Corcoran) to answer their phone calls.

The mournful victims here are Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris (right), the nominal brains behind the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP, or Not Really Science People). In this article, printed in the business pages of the National Post, Ball and Harris complain that, even among Canadian Conservatives, “open discussion of the vast uncertainties (my emphasis) in climate change science has been declared off-limits.” Which is to say, the Tories no longer invite industry-funded climate-change deniers like Tim Ball to their policy sessions.

Douglas Leahey

Douglas Leahey


  • Ph.D., Air Pollution, Meteorology, New York University, New  York, NY, (1971).
  • MSc., Meteorology, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, (1966).
  • BSc., Physics (Honours), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, (1963).

Source: [1]


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