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Friday, January 21, 2011

Canada Free Press apologizes to Dr. Andrew Weaver over Timothy Ball's libelous article and retracts article

Apology to Dr. Andrew Weaver

by Canada Free Press, January 20, 2011

On January 10, 2011, Canada Free Press began publishing on this website an article by Dr. Tim Ball entitled “Corruption of Climate Change Has Created 30 Lost Years” which contained untrue and disparaging statements about Dr. Andrew Weaver, who is a professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Contrary to what was stated in Dr. Ball’s article, Dr. Weaver: 

(1) never announced he will not participate in the next IPCC; 

(2) never said that the IPCC chairman should resign; 

(3) never called for the IPCC’s approach to science to be overhauled; and 

(4) did not begin withdrawing from the IPCC in January 2010. 

As a result of a nomination process that began in January 2010, Dr. Weaver became a Lead Author for Chapter 12: “Long-term Climate Change: Projections, Commitments and Irreversibility” of the Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.”  That work began in May 2010.  Dr. Ball’s article failed to mention these facts although they are publicly available.

Dr. Tim Ball also wrongly suggested that Dr. Weaver tried to interfere with his presentation at the University of Victoria by having his students deter people from attending and heckling him during the talk.  CFP accepts without reservation there is no basis for such allegations. 

CFP also wishes to dissociate itself from any suggestion that Dr. Weaver “knows very little about climate science.”  We entirely accept that he has a well-deserved international reputation as a climate scientist and that Dr. Ball’s attack on his credentials is unjustified.

CFP sincerely apologizes to Dr. Weaver and expresses regret for the embarrassment and distress caused by the unfounded allegations in the article by Dr. Ball.


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