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Dr. Ivar Giaever  (Source: newmediajournal.us)
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 [ mailto:giaever@XXXX.com]

Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM
To: kirby@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

 

Nobel Laureate 1973

 

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


Ivar Giaever
XXX XXX
XXX
USA
Phone XXX XXX XXX
Fax XXX XXX XXX

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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Al Gore
By TerranMagistrate on 9/15/2011 6:56:36 PM , Rating: 4
The most successful con artist in history.




RE: Al Gore
By wordsworm on 9/16/11, Rating: 0
RE: Al Gore
By animekenji on 9/16/2011 9:35:20 AM , Rating: 3
The Democrats in Congress had access to the same intelligence data that Bush did and they agreed with the conclusion that he did have weapons stashed and so did the U.N. Security Council when Saddam refused to comply with inspections. It was not a unilateral decision by Bush alone but you Dems never let pesky little things like facts stand in the way of a good argument, do you?


RE: Al Gore
By rikulus on 9/16/2011 10:59:35 AM , Rating: 1
News Flash! Congress and the Security Council did NOT have the same intelligence data that Bush had! Congress and the Security Council only had what Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush wanted them to have. I thought everybody knew this by now. You really think the CIA just gives <insert low level member of Congress from either party here> free reign to all US intelligence information? And they give it to all members of the UN Security Council, too?! Different parts of US intelligence and security weren't even sharing with each other back then.

If the UN has ALL the information, why would they need Colon Powell to go give them a 1 hour speech (which included intelligence the CIA KNEW was incorrect about Al Queda having a connection with Saddam Hussein). Or do you think that 1 hour speech included all the data that anybody knew?

And I remember those votes in Congress. 1) Bush always said "this is to show unity so Saddam will let us back in for more inspections" never "this is so I can launch a shock and awe campaign next week." 2) They spun any dissent in the vote as being an attack on our military personnel, as being un-American.


RE: Al Gore
By FITCamaro on 9/16/2011 10:50:03 AM , Rating: 1
You're just like a pull string toy aren't you.


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