Discredited Friends of Science Re-emerge as the Natural Resources Stewardship Project

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BREAKING UPDATE!
NRSP exposed – controlled by energy industry lobbyists (click here)

A breathless news release announced Thursday that Dr. Tim Ball is now the chair of a new “environmental” group called the Natural Resources Stewardship Project.

The snazzy new NRSP website announces a broad array of principles and strategies, but their goal is simple:

NRSP’s first campaign is focused on dispelling the notion that Canada needs CO2 reduction plans.

Here we have yet another “grassroots” organization, emerging spontaneously to fight the demonic international conspiracy to recognize the global threat of climate change.

At this point, the DeSmogBlog has no information on who is funding this high-tone endeavour, but it is impossible not to notice the overlap with the much-discredited Friends of Science. Both feature a list of “scientific advisors” including doctors Tim Ball, Tim Patterson, Tad Murty and Sallie Baliunas, and the ever helpful Tom Harris is back carrying the public relations file – you might call them the usual suspects.

The proprietors seem to be trying to clear up their messaging, though. For example, the FOS site still insists that Dr. Ball was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology (even if he HAD a Ph.D. in climatology, this would not be true) and that “for 32 years (he) was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.” But the NRSP site says only that “for 28 years (Ball) was Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.”

Of course, that’s not true either. According to a Statement of Claim in a libel suit that HE filed, Dr. Ball was only a professor at U of W for eight years. And according to the university’s own calendar, he was, during that time, a professor of geography, not climatology.

It’s remarkable that this group has found the funding to launch another such expensive campaign, denying science that every academy in the developed world has recognized and fighting any legislation that might inconvenience the fossil fuel industry. But it is more remarkable that they would choose as chair a man like Tim Ball.

If he can’t even tell the truth on his own resume, why on earth would we believe him – or any of his friends of science – on climate change?

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