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Credential fudging and climate denial
Ball has been represented in the media as a climatologist (Canada's first, don'tcha know?) who has held a professorship for upward of twenty-eight years. However, he carefully omits this in his curriculum vitae. In fact, he was a professor of geography with a focus in historical climate who retired in 1996. When the Calgary Herald published a letter that questioned the credentials listed for Ball (in an article in which Ball attacked Tim Flannery) Ball sued for libel, while admitting that he had not been a professor for twenty-eight years. (Don't think too hard about that or it might make your head hurt.) Before the suit was dropped (against 3 defendants), Tim Lambert of Deltoid dared Ball to sue him, too. Lambert also expressed doubt over the relevance of Ball's research:
“”However, hardly any of those 51 publications are in scientific journals but include things like gardening magazines. I looked in Web of Science and could only find four papers by Ball, all on historical climatology, none on climate and atmosphere. I don't see how Ball can possibly win his case, but I guess that's not the point.
Eli Rabett has created the "Tim Ball Award for Resume Stretching" in his honor.
Even within the deniosphere, Ball hasn't come up with anything new or impressive. All he does is constantly repeat points refuted a thousand times about solar cycles and how carbon dioxide is plant food. For example, take a look at his ingenious "refutation" of rising sea levels where he just puts some ice cubes in a glass and lets them melt.
“”Even though it is still just a theory and not a law 148 years after it was first proposed, Darwinian evolution is the only view allowed in schools. Why? Such censorship suggests fear of other ideas, a measure of indefensibility.
On his website, he attacks Richard Dawkins and claims science, evolution, and environmentalism are religions. He also believes that the Bible's predictions have been just as verified as those made by science:
Tim Ball's reading list
Ball recommends some great reading for all the warmists:
“”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.
In 2011, Ball found himself at the receiving end of a couple of libel suits. In February, University of Victoria climatologist (and now a member of the British Columbia legislature) Andrew Weaver filed a lawsuit against Ball for his op-eds that accused Weaver of incompetence and corruption. In March, Penn State climatologist Michael Mann filed a lawsuit against Ball and his think tank for publishing statements on their websites that claimed Mann was complicit in a "cover-up" of Climategate and that he had committed scientific fraud.
Since the suits were launched Canada Free Press has retracted one of the interviews with Ball on the website. Furthermore, they seem to have scrubbed a good deal of Ball's articles and Ball-related material.
- Ball's site
- "Friends" of "Science"
- Deltoid, Deep Climate, and DeSmog Blog have categories for his bullshit. (Yeah, he's that bad.)
- Trust Us, We're the Media, Mitchell Anderson
- Play a game of TimBall. (No actual relation to Tim Ball.)
- Not to be confused with Calvinball
- Tim Ball's CV
- Tim Ball Sues for $325,000, Deltoid
- "Aussies' Suzuki heavier on rhetoric than on science" Ball's original letter
- Tim Ball vs. Dan Johnson lawsuit documents archived at DeSmog Blog
- Dear Tim Ball: Sue Me, Deltoid
- Tim Ball Sues for $325,000, Deltoid
- The Tim Ball Nominees, Eli Rabett
- Still Just a Theory, Ball in Canada Free Press (via Uncommon Descent)
- "Logic from Those Who Claim to be Logical", Tim Ball
- "Scientific Reaction to Velikovsky Symptomatic of Climate Science Debate", Tim Ball
- Interview with Tim Ball in Human Events
- Weaver v. Ball and Mann v. Ball lawsuit documents archived at DeSmog Blog.
- More libel troubles for Tim Ball, Carbon Fixated
- No columns are currently listed under Ball's profile at the website. and his archives redirect to the homepage.