Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heresy!

In an admirable act of honesty—on 13 September, Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Ivar Giaever resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society, citing the organisation's stance on catastrophic anthropogenic climate change (CACC).
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM
To: xxxx@aps.org
Cc: Robert H. Austin; 'William Happer'; 'Larry Gould'; 'S. Fred Singer'; Roger Cohen
Subject: I resign from APS

Dear Ms. Kirby

Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I can not live with the statement below:

Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.

The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.
If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.

In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period.

Best regards,

Ivar Giaever

As His Ecclesiastical Eminence points out, surely this cannot happen...?
It's funny, but I thought that scepticism on the global warming question was tantamount to being "anti-science". Isn't that what all the unthinking science gurus say - the Simon Singhs, the Paul Nurses, the New Scientist clique and the Scientific American gang and the Chris Mooneys and the George Monbiots?

How long before Dr Giaever is dismissed as a crank or a pretend scientist, I wonder?

In the meantime, well done that man...

4 comments:

john in cheshire said...

The true believers would have us heretics either locked up in lunatic asylums or eugenicised. If it was in my power, I would round up all the climate change quacks and put them in a circus and take them around the country so that normal people could poke them with sticks.

Michael Fowke said...

Result!

Katabasis said...

As noted at Watts up with that, the smearing has already started - see his wikipedia entry.

the a&e charge nurse said...

“The triumphs of science are due to the substitution of observation and inference for authority. Every attempt to revive authority in intellectual matters is a retrograde step. And it is part of the scientific attitude that the pronouncements of science do not claim to be certain, but only to be the most probable on present evidence. One of the greatest benefits that science confers upon those who understand its spirit is that it enables them to live without the delusive support of subjective certainty.”

Bertrand Russell (hat tip to Dr Zorro)