Defending credentials

Dear Editor,

In response to a letter titled, Fact checking needed, June 13, pg. 6, that criticized and disputed Dr. Tim Ball’s academic credentials and claimed that people need to check their facts – let me set the record straight.

I am respectfully speculating that the author has gone to Wikipedia and or the infamous horribly biased DesmogBlog for his information.

So to clarify, yes, it is true that Dr. Ball was a professor of geography at the University of Winnipeg, but the author ignored the fact that his Ph.D. was in historical climatology and he indeed is qualified to speak as an “expert” on climatology and the environment.

Here is an excerpt from an article Dr. Ball wrote in 2011 called “Ad hominem” from his own website: “I am accused of being a geographer as if that is a sin and somehow belittles my qualifications.

“When I got my degree in climatology in 1982 from Queen Mary College at the University of London, there were very few climate research centres in the world. Two of the top ones were Hubert Lamb’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia and Reid Bryson’s Climate Centre in Wisconsin.

“Logically, the only department at the University of Winnipeg in which to place a climatologist was geography, since climatology was then a half of what was called physical geography.

“There was a climate lab and office complex separate from the geography department (two floors higher).

“Professor Bill Bell, who became State Climatologist in Georgia, occupied it first; and when he left, I moved into the complex and ran the climate program. So there was, in fact, a separate entity and facility related to climate.”

So the Wikipedia article on Dr. Ball is guilty of omission, not commission.

It does not lie when it says he was a professor of geography at the University of Winnipeg, but it does omit the fact that his doctorate was in climatology and that his career was spent teaching and researching in the field of climatology from within the geography department.

I would encourage people to read the whole article called “Ad Hominem” at

In addition to defending his academic credentials, he has some interesting information about the people behind the Desmogblog, namely their connections to the federal Liberal Party and the David Suzuki Foundation.

It took me less than five minutes to find this and related information by searching the words “Dr. Tim Ball academic credentials” (not on Google, though; but that is another issue!).

I do not wish to be too critical.

It is very easy to be influenced by biased information on the internet that only tells half the story and I commend him for making the effort to investigate the climate change issue and write a letter about it.


Eric Neilson

Castor, Alta.

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