January 14, 2017

Dr. Tim Ball: My meeting with Team Trump about “global warming”

Tim BallRebel Columnist

Over the last 40 years, I saw events come and go that I thought would expose the greatest deception in history: the claim that human CO2 is causing catastrophic global warming, known as anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

It was disseminated as the truth through the bureaucrats of national weather offices such as the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO). That organization assigned the members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which then produced the "science" to support the AGW claim.

It was a classic circular arrangement at both the political and scientific levels.

Most of the researchers who controlled the IPCC were based at or associated with the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. In November 2009, a month before a momentous political decision was due on the Kyoto Protocol from the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), 1000 emails were leaked that exposed the corruption of climate science by this handful of people.

The COP was stymied because their decisions were supposed to be based on the IPCC results. I thought the leaked emails, (ironically, even then the leak was blamed on a Russian hacker...) would stop the juggernaut.

The Guardian reporter George Monbiot, a strong supporter of the IPCC and the CRU wrote:

It’s no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I’m dismayed and deeply shaken by them.

They hired PR people and set up five controlled whitewash investigations, four in the UK and one at Penn State University in the US.

As Clive Crook wrote in The Atlantic:

I had hoped, not very confidently, that the various Climategate inquiries would be severe. This would have been a first step towards restoring confidence in the scientific consensus. But no, the reports make things worse. At best, they are mealy-mouthed apologies; at worst, they are patently incompetent and even willfully wrong. The climate-science establishment, of which these inquiries have chosen to make themselves a part, seems entirely incapable of understanding, let alone repairing, the harm it has done to its own cause.

But none of this stopped the juggernaut of the AGW deception.

Too many people had too much invested, and most of the public didn’t understand what was happening.

I despaired.

Then, the light before the dawn appeared, as I explained in my last Rebel article:

While I was in Australia helping Senator Macolm Roberts challenge the government bureaucrats to produce empirical evidence of AGW, Donald Trump won the US Presidential election.

Then came an invitation to appear before significant people on Capitol Hill and a group called “Cooler Heads” at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). This was arranged by Myron Ebell of the CEI who was appointed by President-Elect Trump to oversee the activities of the EPA and climate change.

It is a measure of Trump's well-known efficiency as a developer that Myron was appointed a month before the election. Trump knows that everything must be in place, including people, money, materials, and the proper sequence, on the first day.

On Capitol Hill, Senator Roberts, Tony Heller and I made presentations, similar but shorter, than those we gave in Australia. The audience included members of the Senate, Congress, and their aides, plus members of the public. A broad question and answer session followed.

We then moved to CEI for a question and answer session that lasted about three hours. In addition to Ebell, several members of the Trump transition advisory team on the EPA and climate were present. I can't share the specifics, but a few comments about the tone of the Q and A are appropriate:

It was noted that Trump does not want to eliminate the EPA. As he said publicly on many occasions, we need clean air and water. The real issue is the overreach, over-regulation, and political nature of many of their actions.

Obama used the bureaucracies, and especially the EPA, to carry out his political agenda. Perhaps the most egregious example was an EPA lawsuit against the State of Massachusetts for failing to control CO2 as a "harmful substance." The EPA lost the lawsuit, in my opinion, deliberately, because that created the need for a Supreme Court ruling. The ruling was that the EPA had jurisdiction over CO2 as a "harmful substance." (By, conveniently enough, definitions created by the EPA itself.)

The major discussion at our meeting involved US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Conference Agreement. Lawyers explained that provisions in the Agreement allow for withdrawal after advance notification. However, their final observation was that there was nothing to prevent the US simply walking away.

President Obama created this opportunity by trying to avoid the Constitutional requirement that all treaties require Senate approval. He knew Kyoto failed to get Senate approval and the Paris situation was almost identical. Other nations, who wanted to appear green and join the Agreement, used Obama’s situation to make it non-binding, so they did not have to do anything.

There is little doubt the Trump administration will walk. They are paying most of the cost of the UN climate program and even if they cut back major industrialized competitors, China and India continue to build coal-burning plants.

The Paris Agreement requires developed nations to contribute $100 billion a year to the Green Climate Fund, which was the replacement "transfer of wealth" program that replaced the Kyoto Protocol.

Canada committed $2.65 billion to the fund in 2015 that was in addition to the $300 million contributed by the Harper government. This government funding fits the wry definition of foreign aid that "takes money from the poor people in rich countries, and gives it to the rich people of poor countries."

This money will do absolutely nothing to stop global warming, even if it was a real problem. There are more important needs at home. For example, it is likely that the money would solve all the domestic water supply problems on reservations across Canada.

Sadly, like with all these save the planetary problems, the eyes of the fool are over the horizon. Now, we have Trump, a world leader who is putting his country first, who is not interested in nation building overseas or proselytizing the religion of environmentalism.

It is a pleasure, after all these years, to be involved in bringing sanity, reason, and science to policy making.

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commented 2017-01-23 09:06:41 -0500
Canada is 38th in the world in GHG emissions tons per capita. The top ten countries or economic unions are China, USA, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Iran. They account for over 72% of the GHG in the world and 4.412 billion people. Canada accounts for 1.6% of the worlds GHG emissions and .79 of one percent of the top ten’s population and .48 of one percent of the world’s population. So along comes the Village Idiot Canada elected as Prime Minister and imposes a Carbon Tax on Canadians and this he believes will change climate in the world. Only in the mind of a Liberal does that make sense . They must be voted out wherever and whenever they run for office.
commented 2017-01-17 21:46:26 -0500
@ Bill Elder commented 2 days ago
I hope Trump appoints Ted Nugent the secretary of the interior.

Together he and Ted can trigger 10 million psychotic reactions in the climate/environment snowflake demographic.

Eh, Bill you’re good!! lmfao1!
CO2 – a dangerous substance? – these lunatics are trying to change reality! & FACT! …next thing these idiots will be trying to convince us of that 3 + 3 EQUALS 5!! What a bunch of f**ktards!! Have we enough bullets?
commented 2017-01-16 13:27:37 -0500
@ Jim Reinhart:
It’s an investment in feels. A reward that pays off immediately.
commented 2017-01-16 09:36:58 -0500
The Paris conference set a 2 degree celsius reduction in temperature as the target for 2080 over 60 years from now. Note to the Liberal math whizzes. If you are over age 30 now, chances are very good you will be dead by 2080. So this would be a very bad investment indeed. Who buys an investment now with no hope of any reward. Of course the left always trot out the kids to guilt us into adopting these stupid policies. Too bad they don’t show the same feelings for the kids when it comes to deficit spending. There they don’t mind saddling them with huge debts they can never hope to pay off. If they were truly worried about the next generation they wouldn’t be spending the next generation’s tax dollars so frivolously, and they’d look after today’s problems today and let tomorrow’s problems be the concern of those who will be alive then.
commented 2017-01-15 17:01:15 -0500
Ron Joseph said
“Thousands of American Scientists must be panicking about losing their jobs now that the truth will hopefully come out”
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Smart scientists will not be panicking as they will just look for employment to prove that global warming\climate change\ the weather is constantly dynamic and the rest is fraudulent BS.
commented 2017-01-15 15:27:58 -0500
Not sure what the spelling is for breath or breathe? I’m sure all the sjw liberals will be all over that!
commented 2017-01-15 15:10:37 -0500
Is Trudeau, Wynne and Notley going to have all of Real Canadian’s wearing breathing control helmets? So they can TAX the air that we breath??
commented 2017-01-15 14:44:31 -0500
I hope Trump appoints Ted Nugent the secretary of the interior.

Together he and Ted can trigger 10 million psychotic reactions in the climate/environment snowflake demographic.
commented 2017-01-15 13:24:44 -0500
I wonder how effective it would be if you could somehow force each and every politician, bureaucrat and Media Party minion to sit down and read this informative little ditty – and then be tested on their comprehension of it – just so none of them can later claim they ’didn’t know’!
With the indoctrinated and robotized lefty useful idiots, probably not effective at all.
Besides, it’s probably too much like those ‘re-education camps’ the left has been known to employ in the past, regularly…
commented 2017-01-15 12:25:49 -0500
@ Dwayne Harvie

The very fact that Penn State is withholding the information is just as damning because they would be pleased to release it if it proved the AGW “theory” was true.
commented 2017-01-15 08:10:00 -0500
I am wondering when the Trump Team will convince Penn State to release the data Mann is holding back, just a little reminder that data produced with public funding must be in the public arena and let’s talk about future funding? Expect a quick resolution to Mann’s slapp lawsuits in that case.
Has Judith Curry been appointed to oversee climate grants yet?
We don’t jail anyone for climate heresy, but we do jail people for fraud.
commented 2017-01-14 23:22:37 -0500
Thousands of American Scientists must be panicking about losing their jobs now that the truth will hopefully come out. Many will jump ship and testify against their superiors that started the scam. I really want it to happen this way as Trudeau’s entire platform is based on this phony science.
Talk about dodging a bullet if Trudeau is replaced next year.
commented 2017-01-14 19:46:50 -0500
Itt is a political and not a scientific problem. It all leads back to the UN trying to get agenda 21, NWO, globalization or what you want to call it.
commented 2017-01-14 19:16:16 -0500
Looks like the end of the $$green$$ cartels and the busloads of gov scientists are in for a shock, Sounds like the gravy train is coming to an end, one can only hope.
commented 2017-01-14 19:04:57 -0500
ROBERT HEWGILL, “Fraud and racketeering are crimes. The people behind and involved in the global warming fraud all need to go to prison.” Exactly, that’s why it felt good and proper standing before the Alberta legislature shouting “Lock her (Notley) up!”
commented 2017-01-14 19:01:20 -0500
Dr. Ball, troubling your observation, “Canada committed $2.65 billion to the fund in 2015 that was in addition to the $300 million contributed by the Harper government”, particularly the part, “in addition to the $300 million contributed by the Harper government”. When are so-called conservatives going to stop aligning themselves with this deception perpetrated by the socialists and U.N. Globalists?
commented 2017-01-14 16:51:55 -0500
At Peter Netterville: Do you think the Trudeau whiners won’t dig in with their……… little heels?
commented 2017-01-14 16:14:48 -0500
When the general public finds out they’ve been had, I wouldn’t want to be a climate alarmist.
commented 2017-01-14 16:14:04 -0500
Hopefully Trump will blow a hole in the AGW scam. This might be its’ downfall.
commented 2017-01-14 15:52:53 -0500
Robert Hewgill: Absolutely agree, but it’s the Trudeau crew who are in the pmo at this moment, Trudeau shuffled his cabinet to try to hide the face of his true intentions…Monsef has only been transferred..NOT deported..just transferred into a nice cushy ..sit on my ass and do nothing.. well being paid a stupid amount of money welfare job! Then she will retire after all the stress that canadians caused her for her to be incompetent..Then she might then sue the Working Poor Class Citizens because we were racist.
commented 2017-01-14 15:50:24 -0500
In the end the wicked will be exposed. Thank God
commented 2017-01-14 15:00:21 -0500
Bill Gates is a moderate AGW believer who launched a $1B fund to address energy issues but don’t expect them to buy into any existing wind or solar schemes. I think it was CNBC but a post Trump interview I saw showed his usual calm optimism while saying if the currently developing generation tech is a 10 the associated storage tech & collection/distribution infrastructure would rate a 1. Good stuff, think liquid solar!???
commented 2017-01-14 14:43:09 -0500
I really hope the Donald will debunk AGW while still encouraging clean air and water.
I’d love to see his climate experts do a Q and A with the MSM (with Trump at their side to increase public viewership). The public may finally open their eyes and see the difference between fact-based science and the “global climate change” scam that is all about ideological wealth transfer. The globalist’s heads will explode.
Go Trump!
commented 2017-01-14 14:39:30 -0500
For any readers interested who may be in the Vancouver area next month, Mark Steyn invites you to pop in and say hello as he will be in town attending the lawsuit trial of Michael (fake hockey stick) Mann vs Dr. Tim Ball.
commented 2017-01-14 13:54:12 -0500
Fraud and racketeering are crimes. The people behind and involved in the global warming fraud all need to go to prison.
commented 2017-01-14 13:30:45 -0500
Thank you for that refreshing breath of sanity, Dr. Tim Ball.