[ExI] A Nobel laureate and climate change

john clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 15 05:19:01 UTC 2011

A Nobel laureate, no not Al Gore this one won in physics, Dr. Ivar Giaever has resigned  from the American Physical Society over the issue of climate change. The following is his resignation letter:

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

 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.
 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.

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