Canadian denier-in-chief, the retired geographer Dr. Tim Ball, got seriously (though not physically) roughed up last week in a presentation to the University of Victoria Young Conservatives Club.
Apparently expecting a room full of docile Stephen Harper fans, Ball found himself instead in front of a group of burgeoning climate scientists - young people who were quick to challenge him when he said things that were pointedly untrue.
For example, beginning at 1:21:20, he launches into a whole disquisition about how real scientists have been hamstrung by the IPCC because the politicians involved drew terms of reference that were ruinously restrictive:
"When it appears that the politicians are doing the honorable thing and having an arms length not political investigation, well they’re not doing that at all," Ball began.
"Here’s what Maurice Strong did with the IPCC: he defined a changing climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity. Don’t look at what nature’s doing, only at what the human causes are."
Ball: "Yes, but they don’t look at the natural climate variability."
Student sotto voce “not true, we look at natural variation”
Ball, offering a new slide: "This is the definition produced by the United Nations Environment Program which was then adopted by the IPCC. This is the definition of what they’re directed to look at. They’re directed to only look at climate change that is due to human activity."
Student: “What about that whole second half (of the definition printed on the slide): ‘in addition to natural climate variability.’”
Ball: "Yeah, but they don’t do that."
Student: "But it just says to do it."
Ball: "You look at the list of forcings they have; it’s only those forcings caused by human activity."
Student: "You’re saying that volcanoes are caused by humans?"
Ball: "Well exactly. The volcanoes is one and look at the thing I showed you with Milankovich."
Student: "Yeah, but the IPCC accounts for volcanic activity AND Milankovich cycles."
Ball: "They identify them, but they do not consider them in their models …."
Student: "They certainly do …."
Ball: "No then don’t …."
Student: "Yes they do: I run models … ((interrupted)"
Denialist: Can we have our Ball back please?