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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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temperature changes
By AwesomeDuck on 9/16/2011 12:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
The problem isn't that the temperature is changing, that's to be expected as Earth is a dynamic environment. The problem is at what rate it changes. If the temperature changes too dramatically for life to adjust accordingly, then there are problems. Have these things happened in the past? Absolutely. Will they happen again? Without a doubt. But if we are the cause of so many negative impacts on the environment, would it not suit not only nature, but us as well? I mean, let's completely disregard the issue of temperature flux for a moment, and focus only on the most important things, like water, air quality, and food production. The Cuyahoga River fire was not that long ago. It's something people seem to easily forget. Yes, we cleaned it up and, sure, certain manufacturing practices have changed, but it's still a slippery slope. Not only in terms of "oh, we gotta save the fish!", but what people can drink or bathe in. And how about Donora, Pennsylvania? Yeah, that was 1948, and many things were different, but it's always an excellent lesson to keep in mind. No one wants to live near a river that's in flames and breath air that suffocates. There are reasons we changed the nature of certain activities; to mitigate future risk. The drought in the southwest this year has cost a number of farmers large amounts of money in terms of livestock and crop loss. I'm not saying that this particular event is caused by climate change, droughts happen. But we aren't exactly adapted to such severe drought conditions, so shouldn't we take steps to mitigate the risk of future droughts as well? So many in the developed world have a hard time wrapping their minds around global change because most developed countries are not in the regions that tend to be most impacted.

I would also like to add that wind and solar energy aren't viable solutions to meeting the demands of our energy consumption needs at this time. Most R&D needs to be put into those technologies. However, nuclear power is a suitable alternative, and is certainly a direction worth moving in. R&D in solar and wind power and the creation of new nuclear plants would create plenty of jobs, even once we manage to rid ourselves of coal/oil power.

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