AbstractMy first encounter with Dr. Tim Ball was while watching him in the BBC documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, released in 2007. In a cast that listed, among others, well-known climate skeptics such as the Canadian environmentalist Patrick Moore, former member of Greenpeace; Richard Lindzen, professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Patrick Michaels, Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia; Nigel Calder, Editor of New Scientist from 1962 to 1966; John Christy, Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at University of Alabama; Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute; former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson; and Piers Corbyn, a British weather forecaster, Dr. Tim Ball was a pleasant surprise for me. Well-articulated, with a sense of humor that was difficult to ignore, Dr. Ball brought a voice of reason to the heated debate on anthropogenic global warming (AGW).
His recent book, The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, describes a collection of specific cases where, according to Dr. Ball, blatant corruption of science enabled the activities of “a cabal, a secret political clique or faction.” His main goal in this book was to “explain their motive and objectives, which were political, not scientific . . . How . . . they bypassed and perverted the scientific method . . . [and how] They effectively silenced scientists who tried to perform the normal roles of critics and skeptics” (pp. 3–4).
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