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The Great Global Warming Swindle

Climatologist Tim Ball's star on the rise

By Judi McLeod

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Dr. Tim Ball, whose Canada Free Press column. "Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?" was posted by the Drudge Report ion Feb. 5, is one of the eminent scientists quoted in the documentary, "The Great Global Warming Swindle" to be aired in Britain on Channel 4.com/science this Thursday.

Set to air at 9:00 pm., "The Great Global Warming Swindle", is a polemical and thought-provoking documentary that takes the opposite point of view from Al Gore's Academy award winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth

In "The Great Global Warming Swindle". Filmmaker Martin Durkin argues that the theory of man-made global warming has become such a powerful political force that other explanations for climate change are not being properly aired.

A Canadian climatologist, Dr. Ball, was one of the first scientists to state, "Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist."

The thousands of people from all walks of life who wrote letters of support to Dr. Ball through CFP, must be thrilled to know that the Gore-led Global Warming Scorched Earth Society have been unable to silence him.

Ball continues to attack the myth of the greenhouse effect in "The Great Global Warming Swindle" in clear language that can be understood by the layman.

"The ice core record goes to the very heart of the problem we have," says Tim Ball, Climatologist and Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Winnipeg in the documentary. "They said if C02 increases in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, then the temperature will go up."

"In fact, the experts in the film argue that increased C02 levels are actually a result of temperature rises, not their cause, and that this alternate view is rarely heard," says a media release from Channel 4. "So the fundamental assumption, the most fundamental assumption of the whole theory of climate change due to humans, is shown to be wrong."

"I've often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists on the global warming issue, that humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system," says John Christy, Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center, NSSTC University of Alabama. "Well I am one scientist, and there are many, that simply think that is not true."

Judging from his scores of letters, the unassuming, avuncular Ball has become something of an icon to sincere people who want global warming argued on the basis of science and not politics.

Last night Ball was interviewed on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes.

Responding to a question from Sean Hannity about why global warming has arrived in our front rooms as the topic of the day, Ball said it goes all the way back to 1992 and to Kyoto architect, Canadian Maurice Strong.

"Maurice Strong has said that the industrial nations are the polluters and (that) it is our duty to get rid of them," said Ball.

"The minute you start to question it (global warming), you lose the moral highground," he added.

Addressing the hysteria of a global warming that frightens school children who are being told that the earth will burn up, Ball said "thirty years ago, global cooling was the consensus."

Ball also challenged the authority of the oft-quoted United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established in 1988 to evaluate the risk of climate change brought on by humans.

The UN report by the IPCC was published in February. At the time it was promoted as being backed by more than 2,000 of the world's leading scientists.

"There are 2,000 people on the panel, not 2,000 scientists. Most are bureaucrats and politicians," he said.

Ball's beliefs are backed up by some of his colleagues in the scientific community.

Professor Paul Reiter, of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said it was a "sham" given that this list included the names of scientists who disagreed with its findings.

Professor Reiter, an expert in malaria, said his name was removed from an assessment only when he threatened legal action against the panel.

"That is how they make it seem that all the top scientists are agreed," he said. "It's not true."

Greenhouse effect is a myth, say scientists

By Julie Wheldon, Daily Mail

Research said to prove that greenhouse gases cause climate change has been condemned as a sham by scientists.

A United Nations report earlier this year said humans are very likely to be to blame for global warming and there is "virtually no doubt" it is linked to man's use of fossil fuels.

But other climate experts say there is little scientific evidence to support the theory.

In fact global warming could be caused by increased solar activity such as a massive eruption.

Their argument will be outlined on Channel 4 this Thursday in a programme called The Great Global Warming Swindle raising major questions about some of the evidence used for global warming.

Ice core samples from Antarctica have been used as proof of how warming over the centuries has been accompanied by raised CO2 levels.

But Professor Ian Clark, an expert in palaeoclimatology from the University of Ottawa, claims that warmer periods of the Earth's history came around 800 years before rises in carbon dioxide levels.

The programme also highlights how, after the Second World War, there was a huge surge in carbon dioxide emissions, yet global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940.

The UN report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published in February. At the time it was promoted as being backed by more than 2,000 of the world's leading scientists.

But Professor Paul Reiter, of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said it was a "sham" given that this list included the names of scientists who disagreed with its findings.

Professor Reiter, an expert in malaria, said his name was removed from an assessment only when he threatened legal action against the panel.

"That is how they make it seem that all the top scientists are agreed," he said. "It's not true."

Gary Calder, a former editor of New Scientist, claims clouds and solar activity are the real reason behind climate change.

"The government's chief scientific adviser Sir David King is supposed to be the representative of all that is good in British science, so it is disturbing he and the government are ignoring a raft of evidence against the greenhouse effect being the main driver against climate change," he said.

Philip Stott, emeritus professor of biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said climate change is too complicated to be caused by just one factor, whether CO2 or clouds.

He said: "The system is too complex to say exactly what the effect of cutting back on CO2 production would be or indeed of continuing to produce CO2.

"It is ridiculous to see politicians arguing over whether they will allow the global temperature to rise by 2c or 3c."

The documentary is likely to spark fierce criticism from the scientific establishment.

A spokesman for the Royal Society said yesterday: "We are not saying carbon dioxide emissions are the only factor in climate change and it is very important that debate keeps going.

"But, based on the situation at the moment, we have to do something about CO2 emissions."

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: judi@canadafreepress.com


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