Sunday, August 7, 2016

A weak "climate hoax" conspiracy theory from Tim Ball at WUWT

Sou | 12:15 PM Go to the first of 5 comments. Add a comment
There's not much happening at WUWT these days. The latest is just another "climate hoax" article from uber-conspiracy theorist Timothy Ball, one of Anthony Watts' pets (archived here). Anthony posted the article as "climate news".  It contains no news and nothing new. It's an article empty of a point except that greenhouse effect denier Tim Ball says that climate science is a hoax.

Tim mentions Maurice Strong again, but not his role as President of an oil company. Instead he suggests that the World Meteorological Organisation should play no role on the climate stage. Tim wrote:
Why, despite all the evidence of failure of corrupted science, and failed predictions does the global warming/climate change agenda continue? The answer is simple and the result of Maurice Strong’s organizational skills in setting up the entire process. When he set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) he did it through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

There is no evidence of "failure of corrupted science" and Tim doesn't even bother to make up stuff to try to show there is. He's a lazy conspiracy theorist. The IPCC was jointly established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Tim doesn't say what organisations would have been more suitable.

Nor does Tim explain how almost 200 member nations have managed to put aside their differences and agree that we humans are causing global warming, when after all, climate science is nothing but a massive hoax - not!

Nor does he explain why contrarian scientist Roy Spencer would make a big deal of this point:
Dr. Spencer’s research has been entirely supported by U.S. government agencies: NASA, NOAA, and DOE. He has never been asked by any oil company to perform any kind of service. Not even Exxon-Mobil.

(Notice that Roy doesn't mention in that disclaimer, the time he was paid to testify for a coal company - Peabody. However in a separate blog article he does describe how he was paid to speak and to testify. He hasn't received money to do research.)

I don't know who Tim thinks should be doing climate science research or who he would trust to report it. He wrote how he thinks that climate science is "deception", saying:
The entire global warming/climate change deception is possible and continues because it was created by scientist bureaucrats. It is inherently contrary to the proper practice of science for them to work for government. 
Would he accept the findings of scientists that worked for Exxon?  I wonder how Tim would weave that into WUWT's "climate hoax" conspiracy?

You'll notice that Tim doesn't say where he gets his money from. I don't know if any organisation of note or of disrepute is silly enough to pay him for his nonsense.

From the WUWT comments

There are only 17 "thoughts" so far, none of which are worth reading. Anthony Watts just promotes Tim's wacky conspiracy theories to help sate the appetite of his core audience of flat earthers. The comments indicate that Anthony's fans are right wing authoritarian followers of little brain who, when they can't find facts to support their conspiracy theory, they decide that it's the facts that must be wrong.

August 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm
Politics and lead to corruption. People that believe politics and government are one in the same are naive. I don’t know the answer but I do know the world has been through many derivations of ‘governing’ and we haven’t found the answer yet.

August 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Excellent….thank you

August 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm
‘The problem of scientists as bureaucrats…”
Pales into insignificance when compared to the problem of scientists as politicians. 

August 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm
I agree with most of Dr Tim Ball’s summary but most sceptics refuse to use the best arguments to try and win the day. E.g even Obama’s EIA 2016 report tells us that human Co2 emissions will be 34% higher by 2040.
Bjorn Lomborg tells us ( using IPCC info) that the best result from Paris COP 21 will be 0.05 C to 0.17 C temp reduction by 2100. IOW no measurable difference at all. And he calculates that this idiotic result will cost 100 trillion $ over the next 84 years. The mitigation of their so called CAGW is the greatest fra-d in history.
Even Dr James Hansen called COP 21 “just BS and fra-d” and he likened a belief in solar and wind energy to a belief in fairy stories.
Remember Harry Markopolas looked at Madoff’s Ponzi scheme DATA and knew it was a fra-d after just five minutes. But the SEC refused to act for another 9 long years. Unbelievable but true. This mitigation fra-d has been going on for decades but few have the guts to even discuss it. Why is that? 

August 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm
I don’t think of them as bureaucrats anymore. I think they are more like Apparatchiks. Unthinking and uncaring about anything but holding their position or gaining a higher position within what ever regime they serve. You find them in many places where the system rewards their toeing and repeating what ever the current controlling powers line is at the time. Their only principle is self advancement at any cost. Unfortunately this class of individual has also become an every growing class in the officers in our military also. 


  1. Well there is no chance of presenting a _strong_ conspiracy theory!

  2. "Dr. Spencer’s research ... ... has never been asked by any oil company to perform any kind of service. Not even Exxon-Mobil."

    When its a climate change denier a connection to Exxon Mobile seems to be almost inevitable.

    Exxon Mobile -> George Marshall Institute -> Roy Spencer

  3. Ball also repeats the 'resignation' meme first begun by Watts re the recent amicable retirement of Tom Karl from NOAA after 41 years of service.

    'Resigned' has a more conspiratorial ring to it than 'retired'; so in true WUWT fashion it's the word they appear to have adopted as policy, irrespective of its blatant dishonesty.

  4. I note that the Opening Ceremony in Rio has not earned the attention of WUWT.
    *estimated audience of 1.3 billion people (the Hollywood Reporter) projected 3 billion viewers ( CNN.)

  5. By 13:40 EDST, (03:40 Melbourne time) we're up to 68 comments and there are a few funny ones.

    Ball claims to have been Chair of the Canadian Committee on Climatic Fluctuation.

    Something like that committee seems to have existed but does anyone have any idea how to see if Ball was even on the Committee, let alone the chair? My googling has not found anything.

    However given his tendency to exaggerate I'd be dubious. He does not seem to have the slightest qualification for the job. I mean the University of Winnipeg officially denied that the position that he claims to have had at that university never existed.

    It sounds a bit like Lord Moncton's claim to have been Maggie Thatcher's advisor.

    Although if it was an Order-in-Council appointment anything can happen. I mean, if our former and unlamented Prime Mister can appoint his somewhat thuggish bodyguard as Ambassador to Lebanon...


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