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Thu, 2007-03-22 15:15Kevin Grandia
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Deniers evolution from ozone to global warming

Here are recent statements by vocal media impressarios and think tanks who spend their time, not in a laboratory, but in the popular media trying to convince the public that global warming is either not happening, or is not caused by our continued consumption of fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas etc).

Below each one, I have also provided an historical quote on what they had to say about the effects of CFC's on the hole in the o-zone layer. Notice any similarities?

Mon, 2007-03-12 15:44Kevin Grandia
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A Global Warming Swindle play-by-play

The UK Channel 4 documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle ” has been touted by deniers and slammed by a lot of others, including one scientist who appeared in the film. Having taken a quick glance over the movie, the first thing that jumps out is that it's the same guys we write about on DSBlog all the time. There's nothing new here that we have not heard ad naseum from the same handful of global warming deniers.

Here's a few obvious points:

Putting lipstick on a Llama: Tim Ball, retired professor at the University of Winnipeg's department of geography, has magically turned into “Professor Tim Ball, University of Winnipeg, Department of Climatology.” Here's some more on Tim Ball.

$100 in iTunes to the first person to find the elusive department of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. I'll even give you the list of departments at U of W to make it easier.

Tue, 2007-03-06 12:31Richard Littlemore
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Channel 4 Now Ashamed of its Experts

After a DeSmogBlog post yesterday complained about academic misrepresentation in the promotional material for a UK television show (The Great Global Warming Swindle), Channel 4 went back into its website and removed all reference to the “experts” that it plans to quote in the program, due to air March 8 at 9 .m.

Fred Michel

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Fred Michel

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1982).
  • M.Sc., Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1977).
  • B.Sc., Geological Sciences, Queen's University (1975).

Source: [1]

 Background

Fred Michel is professor at the University of Carleton's Earth Science department. [2]

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R. Timothy Patterson

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R. Timothy Patterson

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 1986.
  • B.A.,  Geology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., 1983.  
  • B.Sc., Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1980.

Source: [1]

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Rob Scagel

Rob K Scagel

 Credentials

  • M.Sc. (Botany). [1]

 Background

Rob Scagel is listed as the “principal consultant” for a company called Pacific Phytometric Consultants based in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Numerous sources describe Scagel as a “forest microclimate specialist.”

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Lee C. Gerhard

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Lee C. Gerhard

Credentials  

  • Ph.D., Geology. University of Kansas, 1964.
  • M.S., Paleontology minor. University of Kansas, 1961.
  • B.S., Geology. Syracuse University, 1958.

Source: [1]

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Tue, 2007-02-13 06:20Richard Littlemore
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High Scientific Style Courtesy of Dr. Tim Ball

This contest was clearly too easy. As the first respondent pointed out, I telegraphed the answer by calling the author of this graph, Dr. Timothy F. Ball, a “distinguished” Canadian climatologist. it seems that sarcasm CAN translate to the printed page once in a while.

The graph, complete with a trend line from the top of one peak to the bottom of the next valley, was taken from a lecture that Ball gave to the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy, which can be found here.
Thu, 2007-02-08 10:02Richard Littlemore
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Ball's Self-promotion Presumptuous Twaddle

As recently as Monday Feb 5, 2007, the presumptuous Dr. Tim Ball was still advertising himself as “the first Canadian PhD in climatology.”

Here, for the record, is an incomplete list of Canadian climatologists, all of whom received their PhDs before Ball (1983). Each of these has a list of publications and accomplishments that should leave the good Dr. Ball chastened, if not humiliated, when he tries to pass himself off as a Canadian expert.

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