Tue, 2006-06-20 16:05Richard Littlemore
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Good Enough for Friends of Science; Not Good Enough for Philip Morris

In 2002, at the oil money sponsored press conference of the industry front group Friends of Science, they listed Dr. Fred Seitz as one of their suggested consulting scientists – someone who could set the scientific record straight on climate change.

Thu, 2006-06-15 14:29Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball's Personal Climate Campaign Continues

The “Friends of Science” climate campaigner Dr. Tim Ball embarrasses himself today in the National Post with an article praising the prospect of global warming. Ball has been on a privately funded, cross-country tour arguing that climate change is either not occurring or occurring regardless of the activities of humankind. Now, apparently because he used to live in a town with a chilly winter (Winnipeg), he acknowledges that warming is happening and suggests its a good thing.

Thu, 2006-06-15 14:01Richard Littlemore
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Friends of Science a Political, NOT Scientific Clique

Here's another in the recent Friends of Science (FOS) flurry, a story in the Daily Oil Bulletin (DOB) that (surprise!) takes issue with the science of man-made climate change.

It raises a series of questions. If FOS cares about science, why does it expend all its energy and a huge anmount of money on politics and public relations?

Thu, 2006-06-15 13:28Ross Gelbspan
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Ball's Warmer Canada Will Be Part of "A Different Planet"

A recent piece by Skeptic Tim Ball in the Financial Post  argues a warming climate will bring all kinds of advantanges to Canada in the form of lower heating costs, increased Arctic Ocean shipping and reduced construction costs.  What Ball doesn't tell us is that Canada will also be unrecognizeable.  As NASA scientist James Hansen emphasized recently: “Further warming of more than one degree Celsius will make the Earth warmer than it has been in a million years…That implies practically a different planet.”   Or as the chair of the IPCC noted, humanity has about a decade to make very deep cuts in its carbon fuel use “if humanity is to survive.”   Or as famed British Ecologist James Lovelock declared recently, we may have already passed “a point of no return” in terms of staving off climate chaos. 

Thu, 2006-06-15 13:18Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: "the First Canadian PhD in Climatology"


Friends of Science scientific advisor Dr. Tim Ball, who has been criss-crossing the country in a campaign to undermine public support for the scientific proof behind human-caused climate change, advertises himself as “the first Canadian PhD in Climatology.” The FOS website boasts that, “He has an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition.”

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