Dr. Tim Ball: Seven Ways To Spot Climate Change Propaganda

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Climate change propaganda is designed by the United Nations for one thing only: to stampede the world into Sustainable Development and its green agenda. It masquerades as benevolence saving the world, but is harmful to the world and anti-human. ⁃ TN Editor

This is an update of an earlier effort to counter the propaganda war that is going on to promote the falsehoods about the environment and climate. An update is required because skills improved with practice and as they lose the war desperation demands greater deceptions. Technocrats are at the center of this development.

They achieve control in various ways, so it is invaluable to read the signs and avoid the deception.  The most reliable tool is simple skepticism. Ironically, fake news is now so pervasive that it is much easier to assume everything is fake. The global warming deception is the oldest deeply entrenched fake news story because it is the product of government and deep state bureaucrats. Maurice Strong established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is a UN agency run by bureaucrats in Geneva but made up of bureaucrats from the national weather offices of every UN member nation. They work every day using your tax dollars to deceive you.

Here’s what will cause alarm bells to ring on a properly tuned global warming detector:

One. Everything that is going on with weather and climate is normal and not outside historic records as they constantly claim. Therefore, every claim or story about weather or climate is a deception. One way they do this is what climatologists call cherry-picking. You can pick any part of a record to show the trend to support your story. The WMO claims a 30-year long record is statistically significant. They call it the 30-year Normal when it is anything but normal. It was adopted because statisticians claim a sample size (n) of 30 is representative of any size population (N). The problem is that climate cycles are anywhere from 2 years to 100,000 years.

For example, a 2017 BBC headline said “Hottest June day since summer of 1976 in heatwave.” That is 41 years, which is statistically significant but not climatologically significant. A Youtube story reports “Sydney has wettest November day since 1984.” CBS Pittsburgh reported “NWS: 2018 is the 2nd Wettest Year on Record in Pittsburgh.” The record began in 1871 or 147 years ago, but even that is not climatologically significant. The ones I like are this one from North Carolina, that says, “A Look Back at the Coldest day Ever in North Carolina.” “Ever” even in North Carolina is approximately 4.5 billion years.

Other stories focus on a pattern or change in a pattern again with the idea that it is new or abnormal. Headlines like this one from 2012, “Why have there been more tornadoes than usual this year?” Often, they are suggestive such as this 2017 New York Times story. “The 2017 Hurricane Season Really Is More Intense Than Normal.” When you read the story, you find, as is usually the case, that the caveats at the end indicate it is not unusual at all. This is irrelevant to the authors who know the only thing the reader will remember is the headline. Notice that headlines are always in the Active Voice unlike the Conditional Voice words like “could,” “maybe,” or “possibly” in the body of the story.

Two. In 2004 the perpetrators and perpetuators of the Global Warming deception at the University of East Anglia realized the CO2 level continued to rise, but temperatures stopped increasing. It was what Thomas Huxley described as the great tragedy of science the slaying of a lovely hypothesis by an ugly fact. The climate deceivers didn’t skip a beat, they changed the issue from global warming to climate change. This gave them a greater range and made the problem more threatening. Now you see headlines identifying that it was, variably the warmest, coldest, wettest, driest, calmest, and windiest, in the official record, which for most of the world is less than 50 years. In reality, the issue is still only about warming because that is the only part of the weather affected by CO2.

Three. Exploitation of natural fear is central to any attempt to control people. It is no coincidence that the original fear story was Chicken Little and the sky is falling. As H. L. Mencken said, 

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Science writer Michael Crichton wrote about the entire sequence as it relates to the climate in his book State of Fear. It is fiction. Here is the comment in Wikipedia

State of Fear is a 2004 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton, in which eco-terrorists plot mass murder to publicize the danger of global warming.

However, the science is accurate because Crichton was a roommate at Harvard with Richard Lindzen, a top climate scientist. Crichton was a medical doctor with post-graduate degrees from Oxford.

Four. Mistrust a story the minute it attempts to play on your guilt or emotions. Invariably, it makes you guilty because the children are going to die, some element of the planetary system is collapsing, animals are going extinct, forests are in decline, and coral reefs are dying. Of course, they always distort the animal extinction issue. I would explain to audiences that many animals are thriving because of human activity, pigeons, snakes, coyotes, rats. I then pause and ask if I have mentioned any they like yet? The bias is to furry, round-eyed, creatures like polar bears and koala bears. More new species are found every day than go extinct in 50 years.

Five. Originators of environmental and climate change propaganda stories know the public is ill-informed about science. They take advantage of this by using terms that people don’t understand or mislabeling things to make them more menacing.  For example, they interchangeably and incorrectly call CO2, which is a gas, Carbon, which is a solid. They incorrectly label carbon dioxide, a pollutant. They make meaningless assertions like “Climate change is real,” or “The science is settled.” One way to put the last comment in perspective is to challenge. Say, “fine, then we should cancel all funding for climate research.”

Six. A change of keywords is a sure sign that at least one aspect of their deception was exposed. The classic change discussed earlier was from global warming to climate change. Another change is underway because people are starting to say, hang on a minute, climate changes all the time. There are three contenders for replacement now, “climate chaos,” “climate catastrophe,” and “climate disruptions.” The term “Polar Vortex” was the invention of John Holdren when he was Obama‘s science advisor. It is not a scientific term, but its appearance implied that it was new and due to human activity. In fact, it was popularly referred to as an outbreak of cold air from Canada called an “Alberta Clipper.”

Seven. Another sign of propaganda is a constant raising of the threat. Here is a good example.

And humankind does not have long to act, according to a study in the journal Nature Geoscience. British and Australian scientists report that they calculated the pattern of temperature rises if immediate action is not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The propaganda war was made necessary from the start because there was no scientific evidence for the claims of environmental collapse and human-caused global warming. Start with a lie, and you admit it when evidence exposes it, or continue the lie with ever increasing deceptions. As Sir Walter Scott said, “What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

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Dr. Tim Ball
Dr. Tim Ball is a renowned environmental consultant and former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. He has served on many local and national committees and as Chair of Provincial boards on water management, environmental issues and sustainable development. Dr. Ball's extensive science background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition, made him the perfect choice as the Chief Science Adviser with the International Climate Science Coalition.
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Robert Clarke

Awesome, thanks Dr. Ball.

Patricia Tursi

There is no way to have a climate or weather discussion without considering the weaponization of weather, the use of ionospheric heaters & solar radiation aerial spraying, etc.


I don’t understand the purpose of this article. You accuse people/media sources of spreading false information on climate change, but why? What would anyone have to gain by this? There’s an editorial note above some nefarious UN agenda, but… what does that even mean? This all sounds like some paranoid fingerpointing but in no general direction. Who benefits? The only ones who would benefit spreading propaganda are major corporations with an investment in business which are accused of contributing to climate change, and all of the organizations in their pocket. 184 countries signed the 2015 Paris agreement because they believe… Read more »

Patrick Wood

Marcus, you are being very naive about the United Nations, who has deceived the nations into adopting this mantra. The only purpose for ‘global warming’ hysteria is to drive the world into Sustainable Development. I suggest that you read Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation and Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order.


Marcus, the best way to get an overall view of the mess is to read Crichton’s _State of Fear_. It’s not only a marvelous book, it exposes the global warming alarmism sect. Read that and then for your research, thee is a 100+ book bibliography at the end of the book.

P.S: The Paris Agreement, Kyoto Protocol, and other agreements together, if practiced by every country in the world, would not lower the global temperature by 1/100th of a degree C. (I’d cite that but can’t remember where I got it.)

Lynne P Balzer

Marcus and David James are either trolls or good examples of the totally brainwashed. In either case I feel sorry for them. Global warming alarmism is not just a hoax. It is a scam designed to raise taxes to line pockets and redistribute the world’s wealth. The so-called “green” alternatives are anything but green! If they’re really taken in by this, these guys should do their homework and find out the real facts.

John Leonn

Read Tim Balls Books ,,Start with ” The Corruption of Climate Science” ..


It says right in the article when he writes that the populace will clamor to be saved. One reason he doesn’t get into it thoroughly is because it would take a bit. Crux: if the planet will be destroyed without your cooperation then you’ll be willing to follow any order – give up any freedom – all governments must submit to a single agenda. The oligopolies (biggest and richest corps.) are looking to take out all competition. Taking out border, individual thought and controlling individuals is the best way to do this. It’s simple, really.

Brian Steere

Indeed – on the same qualities of discernment I don’t have to consider what is being asserted to recognize a deceitful manipulative intent – in this matter or any other.

betty Wolfe

Hi, I would like to know who the real siencetist are. I have not heard from them is years.


Thanks, Dr. Ball. I was clued in to the deceptions by Crichton’s _State of Fear_. After digging into things for a year, I was absolutely livid about what these people are doing. Algore’s attempt to run a carbon credit scam and make a killing didn’t happen, I’m happy to say. The more climate scientists on the “denier” side, the better. A lot of this started with Rachel Carson’s lying book _Silent Spring_ and James Hansen, who politicized NASA/Goddard/NOAA early on. D*mn them to H*ll.

David James

Dr. Ball misstates his credentials. He is a retired professor of Geography not climatology. Dr. Ball rejects the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and promotes false conspiracy theories. For example, Dr. Ball writes “man-made carbon dioxide causing global warming” was a “myth” created by Maurice Strong. (Source “$312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth” by Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris, Jun 18, 2018, PJ Media) Dr. Ball can keep his conspiracy theories straight. Dr. Ball claimed man-made global warming was a “hoax” and a “plot” initiate in a “single hearing before the Energy… Read more »

Patrick Wood

David – It is sad that you are blind to your own rhetoric. You should read Technoracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation and Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order

John Leonn

I have read both his books ,, I applaud his continuing contribution to bring common sense to the forefront …What ever happened to the data Michael Mann was supposed to release as per a BC Judge’s order …..

Rod Martin, Jr.

Dr. Ball does it again! Ironically, the Globalist-Leftist’s “green” agenda is itself not “sustainable.” One look at Ms. Occasional-Cortex’s “Green New Deal” is enough to turn anyone green with illness. It’s bankrupt before they even start.


I’m watching James Corbett’s video “Why Big Oil Conquered The World” (expressing great faithlessness also shared by James Corbett) and taking note of some of the progressive sources mentioned. Tim Ball was one. The website presented in the video seems to not be there. Anyone?

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