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NRSP's Tom Harris on the offensive after CBC "Denial Machine" rebroadcast last night

Harris, Ball Courting Political Isolation

The Natural Resources Stewardship Project condemned Prime Minister Stephen Harper today for Canada's “total capitulation to climate change dogma.” In doing so, Canada's leading group of climate quibblers appears to be separating itself from the last of its potential climate allies.

NRSP's Tom Harris power chugs the kool aid on late-night talkshow

In a recent call-in portion on an Ottawa late-night call-in show, Tom Harris, executive director of the energy industry front group, the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP), offers up some laughable quotes:

Harris: “There was 100 people that appeared in the [government of Canada's] Clean Air Act hearings that just wrapped up and I went through the list and there wasn't a single doubter out of 100 people, that was questioning the science of climate change.”

NRSP: More Pseudo-Science Goofiness

The industry front group the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP) announced yesterday that it is establishing a “Science Audit Centre” - clearly a second line of attack against potential Canadian climate change legislation.

Ever heard of the "Natural Resource Stewardship Project?" Brown University has.

If Brown University newspaper's Don Trella ever wants a job writing at DSBlog, we would love to chat. Check out Trella's piece on Tom Harris and the NRSP. A couple of good quotes:

The NRSP is a coalition whose leadership includes about half of the last handful of climate scientists of note who reject global warming as a “myth.” 

 Ironically, they realize their position is so out of the mainstream, they have to use a name that not only belies their true purpose but in fact implies they are environmentalists.

Tim Ball Does Science: Believe It When You See It

Natural Resource Stewardship Project executive director Tom Harris says that the indefatigable Dr. Tim Ball is not retired - that “his writing, speaking and media schedule would exhaust most rock stars.” Well, as a reference to Canada's foremost climate change denier, that seems like an uncharacteristically factual statement. Certainly, Dr. Ball spends more time acting like a rock star than, say, a working climate scientist.

Fred Michel


Fred Michel


  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1982).
  • M.Sc., Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1977).
  • B.Sc., Geological Sciences, Queen's University (1975).

Source: [1]


Fred Michel is professor at the University of Carleton's Earth Science department. [2]


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.


Rob Scagel

Rob K Scagel


  • M.Sc. (Botany). [1]


Rob Scagel is listed as the “principal consultant” for a company called Pacific Phytometric Consultants based in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Numerous sources describe Scagel as a “forest microclimate specialist.”


Ian Plimer


Ian Plimer


  • Ph.D. Macquarie University (specializing in “tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth deposits”). [1]
  • B.Sc.(Hons) University of New South Wales.

Source: [2]



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