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FACTSHEET: Tim Ball, PhD

DETAILS

Retired - Professor of Geography, University of Winnepeg
Senior Scientific Advisor, Friends of Science Chairman and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP)

Tim Ball was a "scientific advisor" to the oil industry funded Friends of Science, an organization well known for its climate skepticism and politically charged attack ads. Ball is a member of the Board of Research Advisors of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Canadian free-market think tank which is also predominantly funded by foundations and corporations. Ball is also a writer for Tech Central Station, a climate denial website run by the PR firm DCI Group.

Tin Ball was a professor of geography at the University of Winnipeg from 1988 to 1996. He is a prolific speaker and writer in the skeptical science community.

QUOTES

"What's wrong with global warming? There are lots of positive benefits to global warming."
Source: DeSmogBlog profile Tim Ball

KEY DEEDS

8 March, 2007
Appeared in documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle"
Source: The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)

2 May, 2007
Appeared on Glenn Beck's May 2, 2007 special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear"
Source: CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007

DEEDS

Ball's Friends of Science bio asserted that he taught Climatology at the University of Winnepeg for 32 years and was "the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology" http://web.archive.org/web/20060112012433/http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=2 According to court documents related to Ball's lawsuit against Dr. Dan Johnson, Ball received his PhD in 1983 and Ball "was a professor at the University of Winnepeg from 1988 to the date of his retirement." http://www.desmogblog.com/tim-ball-vs-dan-johnson-lawsuit-documents Ball retired in 1996 and moved to Victoria, where he is a consultant. http://www.fcpp.org/main/publication_detail.php?PubID=864
Source: DeSmogBlog

14 February, 2007
Interview by Human Events magazine: If someone asked you where he should go to get a good antidote on the mainstream media's spin on global warming, where should he go? Ball: "There are three Web sites I have some respect for. One is the one I helped set up by a group of very frustrated professional scientists who are retired. That's called Friendsofscience.org. It has deliberately tried to focus on the science only. The second site that I think provides the science side of it very, very well is CO2Science.org, and that's run by Sherwood Idso, who is the world expert on the relationship between plant growth and CO2. The third, which is a little more irreverent and maybe still slightly on the technical side for the general public, is JunkScience.com." http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19409
Source: Human Events Ball Interview 2007

Dr. Michael Mann sued Tim Ball and the Frontier Center For Public Policy for libel. The lawsuit arose from an interview with Ball that was posted on the Frontier Center website. In the interview, Ball responds to an anonymous questioner regarding the "Climategate" scandal by saying "Michael Mann at Penn State should be in the State Pen, not Penn State."
Source: DeSmogBlog profile Tim Ball

EVENTS

Heartland Climate Conference 6
http://climateconference.heartland.org/about-2/speakers/
The relationship of Tim Ball, PhD to the event: Speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Tech Central Science Foundation or Tech Central Station
Source: Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

International Climate Science Coalition
Source: ICSC list of who's who

SOURCES

Tech Central Station Press release on ACIA
vWASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today 11 climate experts sent a letter (please see below) to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and is holding a full committee hearing this morning to hear testimony on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). In the letter, the climate experts respond to statements made in the ACIA that temperature changes in the Arctic provide an early indication of global warming. The signers of the letter point out that sediment and ice core samples show that the arctic has experienced past warming that can not be attributed to greenhouse gas concentrations. There is also a history of strong year-to-year variability of Arctic temperatures. The letter also calls for the need for advances in Arctic climate science in both models and measurements in order to assess a more complete picture of Arctic climate understanding. The following climate experts signed the letter: R. Tim Patterson, PhD, Professor of Geology at Carleton University; Tim Ball, PhD, Retired - Professor of Climatology at University of Winnipeg; Anthony Lupo, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Science at University of Missouri - Columbia; David Legates, PhD, Associate Professor in Climatology at University of Delaware; Pat Michaels, PhD, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia; George Taylor, M.S. Meteorology; Gary D. Sharp, PhD Scientific Director, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study; Roy W. Spencer, PhD Principal Research Scientists, The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jon Reisman, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy; University of Maine at Machias/ Maine Public Policy Institute Scholar, Willie Soon, PhD, Science Director, Tech Central Station and Sallie Baliunas, PhD, Enviro- Science Editor, Tech Central Station.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news/index_mail.shtml?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-16-2004/0002459044&EDATE=

DeSmogBlog
http://www.desmogblog.com/christopher-monckton

Human Events Ball Interview 2007
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19409

The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html

Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/

CNN, Glenn Beck special "Exposed: The Climate of Fear," May 2, 2007
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/beck.climateoffear/

ICSC list of who's who
http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=28

DeSmogBlog profile Tim Ball
http://www.desmogblog.com/timothy-f-ball-tim-ball