October 25, 2010
Personal Attacks, Never the Issues
Environmental Propaganda and Strategies
Certain names or words trigger predictable responses to an article. People use software designed to detect keywords and immediately some respond with attacks, invariably prefaced by false personal attacks. Often responses are strategies by special interest groups. I’ve done radio for years and learned how they coordinate to phone in first and take the same personal attack approach. They rarely discuss the issues. Radio stations learned to bypass them by skipping the first number of calls.
We’re all environmentalists. Most are constructive, quietly trying to understand and then act reasonably without dictating to others. A minority is destructive. Only they are environmentalists, but they do nothing but tell others how to think and behave while attacking any who challenge them. This was the theme of a recent article. It triggered a stereotypical response.
I don’t normally respond, but it’s an opportunity to answer the personal attacks and provide some constructive information.
A Standard Example
Claim (C): Dr. Ball is not a Climate Scientist not a Climatologist.
C: The University of Winnipeg does not have a Climatology department nor degree program.
C: He is, in fact, a Geologist.
C. The funding for the organizations he has worked for comes primarily from industry groups, particularly the oil and gas industries.
My research funding (95%) came from the National Museum of Canada. Retired from university I live on pension and money from speaking engagements.
C: So a man who feels compelled to lie about his degree starts out with a distinct credibility gap.
C: Then you look at his statements. He points out that global surface temperatures in 1998 were higher than in 2008 and pretends that it proves the planet is cooling.
Kevin Trenberth another of the CRU conspirators said, in a 12th October 2009 email “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”
Interest in weather and climate began during 9 years as aircrew in the Canadian Air
I taught climatology in university for 25 years, and was lead author on the climate half of a university text that is still in publication. Over 100 publications, includes 27 peer-reviewed in professional journals, not counting hundreds of columns for magazines. My most recent peer-reviewed pieces include a co-authored book, Eighteenth Century Naturalists of Hudson Bay published by McGill/Queens University Press in 2004 and a journal article in 2007. Chairing and serving on several committees on climate, water resources and environment at federal, provincial and municipal levels provided ‘real world’ challenges and understanding.
Canada Free Press has several authors beside myself. Their articles are in the Columnist Archives and all my previous articles here;
There are several good web sites that provide information to counteract claims that no skeptical case exists. The amount is remarkable considering control of climate publications the CRU people practiced. They disprove the IPCC hypothesis that human CO2 is causing warming and climate change.
Anthony Watt’s award winning web page is the best coverage of ongoing issues with links to solar data, sea ice and other valuable information including categorized web sites.
Sherwood Idso is a world expert on the role of CO2, particularly its role in plant growth. His son Craig is latterly involved and they maintain a superb site with extensive lists and analyses of articles proving the existence of the Medieval Warm Period, and peer-reviewed challenges to the AGW hypothesis.
Steve Milloy maintains an excellent site that answers specific questions in ways most people can understand. This link directs you to the major climate portion but there are sections to examine as well.
A timesaving web site is ICECAP, an acronym for International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project designed as, the portal to all things climate for elected officials and staffers, journalists, scientists, educators and the public.
Tim Ball, Senior Fellow
has an extensive scientific background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history. He is a regular contributing writer for Country Guide magazine and a researcher/author of numerous papers on climate, long-range weather patterns, the impacts of climate change on sustainable agriculture, ecosystems, historical climatology, air quality, untapped energy resources, silting and flooding. He had a long academic career at the University of Winnipeg until he moved to Victoria in 1996. He has a BA from the University of Winnipeg, an MA from the University of Manitoba and a PH.D (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England. On Dr. Ball as a climate change "denier" - more . . . and more . . .