As we have always maintained here at DeSmogBlog, we don't argue the science. But if legitimate scientific debate is at issue, Dr. Ball is similarly disinclined. This tape shows him, again, to be the kind of public relations person who will say whatever is necessary to give his oil-industry backers comfort.
Here's a few quotes to whet your appetites:
Ball on Global Cooling, or Notes from a Parallel Planet:
“And here's the problem I have with the global warming. The focus is on temperature. Okay, fine. And then the focus is only on warming. I think this is the stupidest thing we could be doing. Because the evidence is that we're cooling.”
Ball on Long-Term Forecasting; or Quips from a “Scientist” Who Can't Tell the Difference Between Weather and Climate:
“I'd like to tell the farmers to call Environment Canada and ask, 'what's it going to be like a year from now?' And they'll say we don't do long term forecasting. Phone them the next day and ask, 'what's it going to be like a hundred years from now?' And they'll say, 'warmer.' There's a disconnect here.”
Ball on the Arrogance of His Oily Organization, the Friends of Science, or Give Me Back the Gun; My Other Foot is Uninjured:
“One of the things that angers me are these groups like the 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.”
Watch the whole manipulative show and, by all means, let us know what your favourites are.