Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel laureate, resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (APS) on September 13, 2011 because of the group’s promotion of man-made global warming fears. In response to a query about his membership, he sent the following e-mail to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby. In it, he chides the APS for their use of the unscientific word, “incontrovertible”, in describing theories about man-made global warming. (The e-mail first appeared on the website Climate Depot, and has been widely circulated in the physics community.)
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.
In essence, this is similar to the previous resignation of Physicist Hal Lewis in October, 2010. Dr. Lewis had complained to the APS about their political stance, and noted “the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave.”