Tim Ball on the "Arrogance" of Friends of Science

Tue, 2006-09-12 16:29Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball on the "Arrogance" of Friends of Science

Just a little confused“One of the things that angers me are these groups like Friends of Science. Now think of the arrogance of the title of that. Basically, what they are saying is that if you're not in our group, you're not a friend of science, or Friend of the Earth I should say. Sorry, the Friends of the Earth.” - Dr. Tim Ball, Senior Scientific Advisor for the Friends of Science

I know that DeSmogBlog colleague Kevin Grandia had reported this quote once before, but I just found the time to watch the Tim Ball video (where our anti-climate hero makes this flub at the 18-minute mark) and I couldn't resist.
Taken during a luncheon presentation in November 2004 to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, which the master of ceremonies identifies as “Manitoba's only think tank,” the video reveals Dr. Ball to be a charming, funny, entertaining and shameless speaker, a man who can stand in front of a room full of witnesses and claim that the global warming is a myth - that in fact the earth has been cooling since 1998. Not.


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