At 3:10 in a Tim Ball interview with the editorial board of the Ottawa Citizen, he says this:
To my knowledge I’ve never received a nickel from the oil and gas companies. I wish I did get some money — I might be able to afford their product. If you ask my wife she says its cost me a lot of money to take the positions I’ve taken. Been a lot easier to be on the gravy train of Kyoto and the government handouts and all the rest of it. I’m not doing it for my pocket or my pleasure I assure you.
Certainly there is money available for climate research, but it is nonsense to argue that he could have some of it if he joined the consensus. He retired from his academic position ten years ago.
At 4:48 we learn the significance of the “to my knowledge” qualifier.
TB: The High Park Group brought me in and set me up in a room to give a talk and present my views.
Q: You didn’t get paid for those speeches?
TB: Oh I get paid of course.
Q: Did you ever look into where the conference got their money from?
TB: I don’t know.
Q: You got paid yesterday to speak?
Q: But you don’t know who paid you?
TB: The High Park Group paid me. I don’t know who paid them.
Q: Which is a public relations group?
TB: I have no idea where they get their money from. … I make a point of not trying to find out who’s paying me. I don’t care.
It’s beyond obvious that High Park is being paid by companies that see Kyoto as being damaging to their interests and that Ball is only paid by them because he denies anthropogenic global warming. So he is gaining from his denial, both in money and attention.
The High Park Group employs Tom Harris, who has been writing articles attacking Gore’s movie.
(Via Ian Forrester.)