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Dr. Ivar Giaever  (Source:
Dr. Ivar Giaever announced his resignation Tuesday, September 13

A well-known physicist has resigned from his position with the American Physical Society (APS) due to its recent policy stating that global warming is real.

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a 1973 Nobel Prize winner in physics and former professor with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, announced his resignation from the APS on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

The APS' official policy supports the theory that human actions have inexorably caused the warming of the Earth through heightened carbon dioxide emissions.

Giaever responded by refusing to pay his annual dues, and writing an email to Kate Kirby, executive officer of the physics society, saying that he disagreed with this policy.

The following is the email sent from Giaever to Kirby on September 13:

From: Ivar Giaever []

Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM
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

According to the Wall Street Journal, Giaever announced he was an avid global warming skeptic in 2008, saying that global warming was "becoming a religion."

"I am Norwegian, should I really worry about a little bit of warming?," said Giaever in 2008. "I am unfortunately becoming an old man. We have heard many similar warnings about the acid rain 30 years ago and the ozone hole 10 years ago or deforestation but the humanity is still around. The ozone hole width has peaked in 1993. Moreover, global warming has become a new religion. We frequently hear about the number of scientists who support it. But the number is not important: only whether they are correct is important. We don't really know what the actual effect on the global temperature is. There are better ways to spend the money."

Giaever, who earned his Nobel Prize for his experimental discoveries with tunneling phenomena in superconductors, joined more than 100 signers of a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama criticizing his position on climate change in 2009.

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RE: Well that's one denier...
By ZorkZork on 9/15/2011 5:59:51 PM , Rating: 1
We keep hearing this silly argument that climatologists own their paychecks and careers to GW. While that is probably true, there is a lot more money in denying GW). And, any climatologist that plausibly rebukes GW will be the hero of the world. Unfortunately the only skeptics so far seem to be retired scientists in other fields.

RE: Well that's one denier...
By dgingerich on 9/15/2011 6:23:46 PM , Rating: 3
Most scientists rebuke the GW movement not on the basis of it being wrong, but on the basis that it is political and career suicide to even question it. With any science, especially one this young, everything needs to be questioned and reconfirmed over and over for a good amount of time (like 50-100 years of proof) before it can be confirmed as "incontrovertible". Even our understanding of the electron has changed many times over the two centuries since it was first conceived as existing.

The pseudo-religious nature of the GW movement is the very antithesis of science. It needs to be questioned. There are far, far too many things that are questionable about that stance, and many things that directly contradict their conclusions.

At the very least, scientists need to stop being blacklisted for questioning the methods and data of climatology. Science is all about questions.

RE: Well that's one denier...
By Ringold on 9/16/2011 10:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
Silly argument? Think the field would get a third of the money it does if not for all the hoopla?

Beyond that, I've also reinforced my belief with some personal experience, talking to a few people in other fields that've been able to research something closer to their heart/field and only given money because they stick global warming in their sales pitch for funding. Can't just study squirrels, it's gotta be squirrels and the impact of global warming on their habitat, or some such, and then the cash register opens and the money flows.

RE: Well that's one denier...
By ZorkZork on 9/16/2011 3:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is ... the first climatologist to rebuke GW gets the gold prize. Oil and coal companies will shower him with money.

The fact that every other climatologist else would suffer would not matter. He would be the king of the century. However, every attempt to rebuke GW seems to be made by scientists that do not work in the field.

Of course it could be a global conspiracy by all the climate scientists in the world. Yearh ... that must be it. We all know that such conspiracies are easy to create and maintain.

The again, it could also be that the people who actually study the climate are alarmed by what they see. And that because they love their family, country, and planet wants something done about it.

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