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

Here's a breathless email sent to me today by an anonymous source.

It's penned by NRSP's Tom “I can't disclose my funding sources Harris in reaction to a CBC rebroadcasting of the Fifth Estate's “The Denial Machine” documentary last night:

From: Tom Harris [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 4:22 PM
To: Tom Harris
Subject: Global Warming Propaganda continues on CBC TV tonight - at least the sixth rebroadcast of “The Denial Machine”

DeSmogBlog note: Tom, you forgot that it was also rebroadcast nationally on ABC Australia!

The CBC are again re-broadcasting “The Denial Machine” this evening:
see . Unless they have engaged in significant
editing (they have not in past re-broadcasts as far as I can tell), the programme includes video segments of our Chairman Dr. Tim Ball that were secretly taken by CBC camera operators without his permission and used even after he told them he would not be interviewed by them. Please let me know if you would like to speak with Dr. Ball about this atrocious situation.

DeSmogBlog Note: Shortly after the Globe and Mail ran a scathing piece about Tim Ball and the oil industry-backed “Friends of Science,” Ball was ducking media left and right. That was until the CBC caught up with him at a public event at a Dawson Creek Oil and Gas convention. In fact, here's a clip of Ball from the “Denial Machine” episode. Does this look like “secret footage taken by CBC camera operators?”

In addition, the CBC has been told over and over about the many science and other mistakes in the programme but they apparently don't care and continue to broadcast it repeatedly anyways. I have alerted the network to the fact that shows of this nature are a direct violation of their policy book rules that require fair and balanced coverage of issues important to Canada but they apparently don't care about that either.

DeSmogBlog note: what was not fair and balanced in this piece? The “deniers” in the “denial machine” were interviewed by the 5th Estate and given a lot of airtime to defend their positions. Like Fred Singer does so eloquently in this clip from the documentary.

Even the programme title is misleading - nobody “denies” climate change. The scientists they feature may believe that humankind causes little of the change, or that the change (even if partly human induced) does not constitute a crisis. This is a far cry from denying “climate change”. When somebody hear that scientist X denies “climate change”, it, by definition, implies that the scientist expects the climate to remain static forever and destroys the scientist's credibility ­ is this why the term “climate denier” is used regularly by people like those who put together tonight's programme?

DeSmogBlog note: “climate deniers” is common vernacular used to refer to the small group of individuals who deny the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is happening and/or it is being caused by human activity and/or the effects of climate change will be overwhelmingly bad for us and the planet.

They also say that only a “small number” of scientists disagree with the Suzuki/IPCC/Al Gore point of view ­ that is also nonsense, as many of you receiving this e-mail know well.

DeSmogBlog note: it is not “Al Gore's” or “David Suzuki's” science. It is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) science though, along with other esteemed scientific bodies like NASA, NOAA, the UK's Royal Society, the US National Academy of Science, not to mention the National Academies of Science in every developed nation in the world.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.


Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids) Executive Director Natural
Resources Stewardship Project P.O. Box 23013 Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2

Phone: 613-234-4487

DeSmogBlog note: And for more on Tom Harris, Tim Ball and the NRSP, please take a moment to read a sampling of other DeSmogBlog stories we have done over the last while:

NRSP: Not Really Science People

NRSP Controlled by Energy Lobbyists

NRSP: Climate Change Deniers-Are-Us

Lonely NRSP Experts Shouting in the Wind

Ball Bails on Johnson Lawsuit

Oil Companies Funding Friends of Science, Tim Ball takes the Brunt

Are the Estonians Funding the NRSP?


Kevin Grandia, BA (social science), MBlog, PrD (proud dad)


Surely someone has told Tom Harris that thermofluids = hotair. What a load of nonsense in his e-mail.

No wonder he has a beard, he can’t look at himself in the mirror.

Ian Forrester

Here at the MBlog academy we strive to allow you to use your title in any way that makes you look as qualified as possible, so please feel free to call yourself a “MotherBlogger.” 

I did notice one error, to which “mistakes in the programme” may refer, and I am reporting it here, to defend Chairman Ball.

The Denial Machine mentioned Chairman Ball’s claim that he was a Professor at the University of Winnipeg for 32 years (or 28 years; both 28 and 32 are claimed in Ball’s articles), until his retirement in 1996. In The Denial Machine, it was noted that this claim of a longstanding Professor position would go all the way back to Chairman Ball’s High School years. That is not true.

Granted, the 32 (or 28) years claimed as Professor do go back to the beginning of his BA studies, but that was not immediately after high school. Ball was in high school in the 1950’s, followed by years of air force service. He only claimed to be a Professor while in his BA, so on this one point, Ball may deserve an apology.

The Chairman’s previous website, with the outline of his CV that he prepared is at the following location:*/

Tim Ball was a sessional lecturer 1973-76, a lecturer 1976-77 and 1978-82, an assistant professor 1983-84, an associate professor 1984-88, and a full professor 1988-96 (8 years, not 32 or even 28). He was granted a PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, NOT Doctor of Science as he frequently claims, in 1983 by the Department of Geography, NOT climatology, at Queen Mary College, University of London. This guy wouldn’t know the truth if it marched up and bit him.

It’s all part of the legal documents pertaining to Ball’s libel suit against Dan Johnson, the Calgary Herald, and the University of Lethbridge, for claiming that he had inflated his credentials. Ball quietly dropped the lawsuit a little while ago. After he finished blustering about damage to his reputation, he must have realized that they had him dead to rights!

Even the NRSP denies that the world is warming.

Ball published this opinion article below, and others like it:

“Prepare for Cooling, not Warming
By Dr. Tim Ball Friday, October 5, 2007
By Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris
The world is cooling. Global temperatures have declined since 1998 and a growing number of climate experts expect this trend to continue until at least 2030.”

What does ‘Growing number of climate experts’ mean? Interpretation: it was just Ball, and now it is Ball and Harris. The authors shown grew from one to two.

Ball confirmed this in an e-mail:

and here

Now Tim Ball says that global warming ended in 1930
October 16, 2007 2:15 PM, by Tim Lambert

Maybe he will say, well, we are not denying CHANGE

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