Nobel laureate resigns from American Physical Society to protest the organization's stance on global warming

Ivar Giaever, Physics Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

WUWT may recall the late Dr. Hal Lewis led the way on this last year as I covered at WUWT and in an op-ed at the Christian Science Monitor.

From Climate Depot, who got the exclusive:

Nobel prize winner for physics in 1973 Dr. Ivar Giaever resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (APS) on September 13, 2011 in disgust over the group’s promotion of man-made global warming fears. Climate Depot has obtained the exclusive email Giaever sent to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby to announce his formal resignation.

Dr. Giaever wrote to Kirby of APS: “Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I cannot live with the (APS) statement below (on global warming): APS: ‘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.’

Giaever announced his resignation from APS was due to the group’s belief in man-made global warming fears. Giaever explained in his email to APS: “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.”

Read the full story here at Climate Depot

Here’s the resignation letter:

From: Ivar Giaever [ mailto:giaever@XXXX.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM

To: kirby@xxx.xxx

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
Nobel Laureate 1973

PS. I included a copy to a few people in case they feel like using the information.

Ivar Giaever

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h/t to WUWT reader David L. Hagen

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A G Foster

Good. There really isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes a peregrine falcon can dive at 240mph, and there isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes we’re doomed by greenhouse gases. –AGF

A change of 0.8°C in 150 years is essentially no change, assuming that measurement is outside the noise. Good move in the name of science.

Eric Anderson

Kudos to Dr. Giaever.

EthicallyCivil

There isn’t a competent numerical modeller that believes you can model century scale simulations of stiff systems of PDE’s with low accuracy and low resolution initial conditions and with incompletely defined boundary conditions.
There isn’t a competent mathematician who thinks you can infill data across a pole.

Scott Covert

Dr. Giaever, I am sorry you have need to dissacociate yourself from APS. I am more disturbed that APS has taken such an indefensible stance on the Science of CAGW. I will assume you know humans are having an effect on the planet but also realize the impact is minimal. I would love to read your thoughts on the whole subject as it would surely be informative. Be prepared to be smeared with the label “Denier” but wear it with pride because the alternative is Pseudoscience.
I don’t know if I were in your shoes, I would have the guts to take the path you have but I hope I would.

Stand by for assassination of Giaever’s character by the RealClimate mob.

rob m.

What could a Physicist know about Climate Change?
/IPCC Climatologist

Good. It would be better, though, if non-retired scientists started to drop out of associations.
Especially non-retired scientists who control significant amounts of grant money.
If that ever happens, things will start to change.
Cui bono, always cui bono.

Tony McGough

A man with the courage of his convictions is a man for all seasons.

jorgekafkazar

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –anon. .
Dr. Giaever has taken a stand against evil. What happened to the APS is evil, the blatant prostitution of Science in the service of Politics. The only question is: Why are there not a hundred Giaevers, a thousand? The world has gone mad:
“…Man himself is the greatest peril to man, just because there is no adequate defense against psychic epidemics, which cause infinitely more devastation than the greatest natural catastrophes.” –Carl Gustav Jung, 1944

Gary Swift

From Al Gore’s Letter:
“Your donation will help us spread the Climate Reality message in a unique and effective way. Tell the world: The climate crisis is not a debate. It’s reality. And the time to take action is not the future — it’s right now. The fat lady has sung.
I guess Dr. Ivar Giaever got Gore’s letter and decided to take his advice. There’s a growing concensus, but not the one Gore would have hoped for I think. I can hear the fat lady ‘warming up’ alright.

Gary Swift

“bladeshearerJack Maloney says:
September 14, 2011 at 10:45 am
Stand by for assassination of Giaever’s character by the RealClimate mob.”
That won’t be hard. From his wiki page:
“Giaever is an institute professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a professor-at-large at the University of Oslo (funded by the Norwegian oil and gas company, Statoil”)
I’m sure they’ll be all over that one. Notice that the funding sources for other posts he’s held aren’t listed? I wonder why? Looks like they’ve already picked him out as a trouble-maker, and branded him heretic.

John F. Hultquist

A G Foster says: . . .
I’ve seen the hunting dive of the peregrine falcon. It is impressive. As is this statement by Dr. Giaever. I salute them both.

Bloke down the pub

Respect. How many members are left in the APS?

Conradg

Character assassination has already been ongoing on his wikipedia page, which says:
Giaever is a fellow at the Heartland Institute.[8] In the 1990s, the institute worked with the tobacco company, Philip Morris, to question the science linking secondhand smoke to health risks, and to lobby against government public-health reforms. More recently, the Institute has focused on questioning the scientific consensus on climate change, and has sponsored meetings of climate-change skeptics.[9]
Oil and gas companies have contributed to the Heartland Institute, including over $600,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998 and 2005.[9]

Totally gratuitous linkage to tobacco research, which Giaever had no involvement in, and which preceded his involvement with Heritage Institute. Also, no evidence that Giaever has received a dime from the oil industry, especially since he’s a physicist and doesn’t do climate research. But smears like this are par for the course.

Kudos to Dr Giaever for taking a stand for truth, which the APS has defenestrated in its anti-science statement.
Dr Giaever has a lot of company. More than 30,000 individuals with advanced degrees in the hard sciences, including over 9,000 PhD’s, have co-signed the following statement:

“The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

There is no evidence that CO2 causes any global harm, and substantial evidence that added CO2 is beneficial to the biosphere.
Thus, more CO2 is both harmless and beneficial.

Fred Bloggs

Is Al Gore the only Nobel laureate who publicly supports AGW.
Whoops … his is the peace prize. The same one that Obama got for all those drone attacks.

Sean

If Freidman in the NY Times is right, Dr. Giaever must have skipped his high school physics class the day global warming theory was covered.

G. Karst

Heroes are where you find them! I wonder, how many others have resigned that we will never hear about? Unsung heroes… is all. GK

eyesonu

Honor, ethics, and character reign.
It’s worse than they thought. It is going to get much worse.
Would jumping the shark apply here? The tipping point has passed

Microbiologist

Someone enlighten me. What is motivating Gore? He is a failed politician who has amassed great wealth. Why does he not improve upon his golf handicap and fade into the sunset like all others before him?
I honestly don’t get it. Unless he thinks he can still be President?
Meanwhile here in the UK my energy bills just shot up – again – by between X3 and X5 inflation, depending upon whose statistices you believe.
Sadly, this correspondent is too old to jump off HMS UK. The Political elite have already pre-booked the lifeboats, and my pension no longer stretches to a lifebelt.
We’re doomed Mr Mainwaring – we’re doomed! (Brit readers will understand). http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/fpage/captain.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/music.htm&h=155&w=175&sz=5&tbnid=VFIF_s8FkgkNoM:&tbnh=103&tbnw=116&prev=/search%3Fq%3DCapt%2BMainwaring%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Capt+Mainwaring&docid=ZBMe-qkKKQf75M&sa=X&ei=bPVwToeIO8Wo8APmwq2jAQ&ved=0CEwQ9QEwBg&dur=5524

Walter

jorgekafkazar says:
September 14, 2011 at 11:10 am
“Dr. Giaever has taken a stand against evil. What happened to the APS is evil, the blatant prostitution of Science in the service of Politics. The only question is: Why are there not a hundred Giaevers, a thousand? The world has gone mad:”
Exactly my thinking for years. The silence has been inexcusable.

CodeTech

Let me give this leftist smearing tactic thing a go:

Dr. Giaever attended a school insulated with asbestos, then went on to drive a Chev product. It is well known that the 1962 Chev Corvair was associated with many deaths. Also, in 1973 Dr. Giaever kept an ashtray on his desk, which clearly links him with Big Tobacco.
In 1984 Dr. Giaever received two windshield wiper blades from his local Shell station upon redeeming points, which clearly demonstrates he received something from Big Oil.
Dr. Giaever often saw former President Ronald Reagan on television, and of course Reagan was on the right. Thus Dr. Giaever is highly influenced by right-wing idealism.
I’m not saying Dr. Giaever is a bad person, but I would be very careful leaving puppies or small children near him or his family.

Or, did I just give the rabid wiki editors something to work with?
Either way… great stand Dr. Giaever, and thanks for making sure everyone knows about it.

BobW in NC

Smokey says:
“More than 30,000 individuals with advanced degrees in the hard sciences, including over 9,000 PhD’s, have co-signed the following statement…”
Smokey – do you have a source so I can document that statement? Like to pass it around…Talk about consensus! Al Gore – eat your heart out.

polistra says:
September 14, 2011 at 11:04 am.
You are right. Those that are on politically motivated grants will likely change their colors only when the grant money stops.

I do wish Richard Feynman was around to weigh in on this issue. He’s someone I’d love to hear from. And I’d carry a pitchfork if the Hockey Team tried to assail him.

Mariwarcwm

Brave Dr Giaever. Thank heavens for brave people like Dr Giaever: I can only hope that all the WUWT watchers provide you with comfort and support when the warmists get going.

Doug S

Well I guess Dr Giaever wasn’t into the new religion of Global Warming so he decided to stop attending the APS church services. Good decision Dr Giaever, cheers!

What do these stories say about climate science? They say there’s many, many people with a small p, scientists like prof dr wagner with a small w, constantly buffeted around and forced.into.submission by Dear Kev and his climategate companions. Only retirement provides courage.

John W

IMO, Microbiologist, Gore is motivated by greed, which with many is never satisfied; they never have enough. If he believed CAGW he wouldn’t behave the way he does nor would “carbon trading” be his control scheme of choice.
BTW: Google “cigarette smoke PEL” and you’ll discover that second hand smoke isn’t nearly as dangerous as the anti-smoking lobby has made it out to be.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Is usually attributed to Edmond Burke. My comment though, is that the phrase “good men do nothing” is an oxymoron. I believe that being good an active choice rather than passively doing no evil. Which means I also believe that Anthony is “good”. At least most of the time 🙂

crucilandia

this is an example of ignorance used by AGW proponents. Verify the science behind your comments. (112m/s = 251mph)
A G Foster says: September 14, 2011 at 10:31 am
Good. There really isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes a peregrine falcon can dive at 240mph, and there isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes we’re doomed by greenhouse gases. –AGF
abstract excerpt
(…)The top speeds reached during a dive depend on the mass of the bird and the angle and duration of the dive. Given enough time, ideal falcons can reach top speeds of 89-112 m s-1 in a vertical dive, the higher speed for the heaviest bird, when the parasite drag coefficient has a value of 0.18. (…)
Tucker, VA (1998) Gliding flight: speed and acceleration of ideal falcons during diving and pull out.
Journal of Experimental Biology 201, 403-414.

Darkinbad the Brightdayler

One by one they stand up and are counted.

BobW in NC,
Per your request, here is the home page for Dr Frederick Seitz’ Petition Project:
http://oism.org/pproject
http://www.petitionproject.org
Also, here is a letter to the UN/IPCC from 100 more scientists stating that:

Contrary to the impression left by the IPCC Summary reports:
• Recent observations of phenomena such as glacial retreats, sea-level rise and the migration of temperature-sensitive species are not evidence for abnormal climate change, for none of these changes has been shown to lie outside the bounds of known natural variability.
• The average rate of warming of 0.1 to 0. 2 degrees Celsius per decade recorded by satellites during the late 20th century falls within known natural rates of warming and cooling over the last 10,000 years.
• Leading scientists, including some senior IPCC representatives, acknowledge that today’s computer models cannot predict climate. Consistent with this, and despite computer projections of temperature rises, there has been no net global warming since 1998. That the current temperature plateau follows a late 20th-century period of warming is consistent with the continuation today of natural multi-decadal or millennial climate cycling.

And here is Dr William Gray’s paper on the hijacking of the APS:
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/On_The_Hijacking_of_the_American_Meteorological_Society.pdf
And a Senate Minority Report with 400 scientists disputing AGW [since expanded to over 700 scientists]:
http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.SenateReport#report
I have more of this. Lots more. The facts are out there, but the major media and mainstream organizations like the APS actively fight to suppress any scientific information and facts that debunk AGW. With $6 – $7 billion in federal grants being spread around every year, the silence of the lambs is being bought.
Again, kudos to Dr Giaever for having the courage to take action defending scientific truth. Lots of people talk the talk. Dr Giaever walks the walk.

BobW in NC

Smokey and WUWT’s Anthony Watts:
Being able to refute the assertions of the AGW/CAGW crowd with factual, verifiable data is a real joy.
WUWT opens windows and doors to clear out scientific stagnation and misinformation through articles like this one AND (don’t know how to italicize) the expertise and knowledge of commenters, such as yourself, Smokey. We are talking incredible contributions for laymen like I am, who now have access to digestable science and can spread it with links and text to others who don’t read WUWT to inform them. In this, I always refer back to WUWT and always include the link to the article I am citing.
Kudos, gentlemen, and Thank you.
BobW in NC

Dave Wendt

dfbaskwill says:
September 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm
I do wish Richard Feynman was around to weigh in on this issue. He’s someone I’d love to hear from. And I’d carry a pitchfork if the Hockey Team tried to assail him.
Feynman has always been my number one science hero. Whenever someone pipes up with more nonsense about “consensus” science I like to recall that the last book he had published before his death was titled ” What Do You Care What Other People Think?”
http://www.amazon.com/What-Care-Other-People-Think/dp/0393320928/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316033300&sr=1-2

BobW in NC says:
September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Smokey says:
“More than 30,000 individuals with advanced degrees in the hard sciences, including over 9,000 PhD’s, have co-signed the following statement…”
Smokey – do you have a source so I can document that statement? Like to pass it around…Talk about consensus! Al Gore – eat your heart out.
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Here you go Bob. It’s commonly known as the Oregon petition.
http://www.oism.org/pproject/

A G Foster

crucilandia says:
September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm
this is an example of ignorance used by AGW proponents. Verify the science behind your comments. (112m/s = 251mph)
A G Foster says: September 14, 2011 at 10:31 am
Good. There really isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes a peregrine falcon can dive at 240mph, and there isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes we’re doomed by greenhouse gases. –AGF
abstract excerpt
(…)The top speeds reached during a dive depend on the mass of the bird and the angle and duration of the dive. Given enough time, ideal falcons can reach top speeds of 89-112 m s-1 in a vertical dive, the higher speed for the heaviest bird, when the parasite drag coefficient has a value of 0.18. (…)
Tucker, VA (1998) Gliding flight: speed and acceleration of ideal falcons during diving and pull out.
Journal of Experimental Biology 201, 403-414.
______________________________________________-
And do you think Tucker is reporting observed data? You’d better read more carefully: this is a MODEL! Nobody has more observation than Thomas Alerstam, and he never saw a bird break 90mph. Yet, as an ornithologist who doesn’t want to rock the boat, he remains officially a believer!
Rather, the peregrine falcon myth is another simple example of where “science” has swallowed the pseudoscience, hook, line and sinker. Nobody has data to back up the superbird hilarity–doctored video notwithstanding. –AGF

janama

Maybe Sarah Palin is not so stupid – this is what she said in a speech recently as reported by the New York Times.
“The United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private). ”
Like the APS
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html?_r=3

It is a shame that these characters, once they resign.. disappear

DirkH

The gratuitous “Philipp Morris” revelation entered the Neutral Point Of View only on 13 July 2011 by the hands of truth-seeker “Per Anders”. So it’s relatively new; and post-William Connolley.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ivar_Giaever&action=historysubmit&diff=439320490&oldid=436665398
Wikipedia is a lot like Anonymous. Many faces, all alike. But not from “V For Vendetta” but from “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. Music, please.

Frumious Bandersnatch

Good. There really isn’t a competent scientist on the planet who believes a peregrine falcon can dive at 240mph
Heretic! Unbeliever! Don’t you realize that this is simply a result of the Gore effect?

Arfur Bryant

@ Microbiologist (September 14, 2011 at 11:43 am)
[“We’re doomed Mr Mainwaring – we’re doomed! (Brit readers will understand).”]
LOL. Stop panicking Frazer, the Ministry has it all under control! 🙂
.
@ BobW in NC (September 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm)
[“…don’t know how to italicize…”]
Bob, I know how you feel. Google ‘wordpress support’ or ‘html formatting’ or go here:
http://www.w3schools.com/HTML/html_formatting.asp
for examples. Essentially, use enter text here for italics or enter text here for bold.
Hope this helps. I had to search around a bit!
Arfur

I found the CCs from the email interesting: “Cc: Robert H. Austin; ‘William Happer’; ‘Larry Gould’; ‘S. Fred Singer’; Roger Cohen”
Happer is a physicist at Princeton; Singer, the founder of the NWS Satellite Division in the 60s, and formerly environmental science prof. at UVa (until he was pushed out for AGW-heresy).
But will anyone enlighten me about the rest?

Arfur Bryant

@BobW in NC
Ha Ha! That’ll teach me. Sorry, I was being stupid and, of course, the html just formatted “enter text here”. Doh. Go to the link I gave you for proper examples…

Rob Munning

More doctored video??

Kevin Kilty

I resigned from APS a while back over the Sokal hoax, and APS trying to find some middle ground. I regret that I have but one resignation to give.

Steve Oregon

All of the hard core alarmists will wait until all of the AGW-Titanic life boats are full before abandoning ship. Then they will move to demand and claim space on the lifeboats to hide among the more honorable who left earlier.
While at the same time pretending to have led the way overboard as they ridicule the few loons remaining.
Expect only the worst behavior from the AGW loyalists.