Spurred on by a speech that Jim Hoggan gave to the Canadian Empire Club in Toronto (talking about our new book, Climate Cover-up ), Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, started asking questions today about who is paying for the big Friends of Science radio ad campaign that has been annoying Canadians  from coast to coast for the last week or so.
The Globe’s Martin Mittelstaedt had no success finding a live representative from the Friends of Science to deny their oily connections, but Marty Ball told Mittelstaedt this about her infamous husband, the truth-challenged Tim Ball : “He’s not paid by the oil companies. He’s never had anything from them and neither [have] the Friends of Science.”
Alas for the Balls’ self-delusion, Mittelstaedt’s own paper has reported quite the opposite in the past , quoting a Friends official, Albert Jacobs, as saying that the oil and gas industry is exactly where they got their money.
Ball, of course, went on to work for the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, which was established and financed by the energy industry lobby firm, the High Park Group . At some point, Ball is going to have to admit all this to his wife - and to the credulous character in the mirror.
In the meantime, we all should be demanding that these kind of disingenuous and politically motivated radio ads come with disclaimers stating the identity and the self-interest of the people behind the message. There is, otherwise, a risk that someone might take them seriously.