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    US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'

    US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'

    By James Delingpole
    Last updated: October 9th, 2010

    Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here is his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society.

    Anthony Watts describes it thus:

    This is an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door. It is worthy of repeating this letter in entirety on every blog that discusses science.

    It’s so utterly damning that I’m going to run it in full without further comment. (H/T GWPF, Richard Brearley).

    Dear Curt:
    When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

    How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

    It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

    So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

    1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate

    2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

    3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

    4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.<

    5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

    6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

    APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

    I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

    I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.
    Hal

    Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety
    Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

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    #349174

    Anonymous

    Maybe the paranoya is catching me, but all this global warming and carbon taxes remind me of medieval saling of indulgences. 

    #349175

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'

    1) It's global climate change, not global warming. Although average temperature in the world as whole will rise, in some regions it will actually get colder.
    2) U.S. sees warmest March in recorded history, NOAA reports
    3) image

    On the other hand, those who will lose the most if we address the problem rationally are oil cartels and other large industrial complexes that actually run the world, so if a US physics professor says so the global climate change must be the hoax… never mind melting ice caps…

    #349176

    Anonymous

    Hm i dont know what to think. Either way we screwed. ;D Natural oil will be depleted some day or another. What is for sure it is that the "green economy" will be taking its toll on wildlife almost as much as industrial pollution and/or global warming. Just for example wind farms need huge sways of land to be effective (to supply sufficient amount of energy) and trust me they take heavy toll on local bird population. Nuclear is pretty dangerous and this new fusion stuff or whatever it is will take long time to develope + we cant be sure it will be any way more safer as nuclear cuz they said nuclear will be 100% safe too and look what s*** happend in Ukrajina. If we expand "green economy" for our own survival it is ok i guess but if we want to preserve wildlife un-touchedt too this is ofc fairy tale in any case. :)

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    Anonymous

    The most ridiculous thing is that Americans, Europeans and Japanese are actually doing something to stop it, but in the back we have a Chinese and Indian industry on rise and they as huge countries absolutely don't invest anything into stopping the pollution with their huge semi-developed industrialization. So we have us busting our arses to achieve something while they just keep on polluting more and more.

    China:
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    [img width=700 height=466]http://www.weirdlyodd.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Pollution-in-new-delhi.jpg” />

    So we face an entirely different problem, the backward big countries that try to compete in productivity with Europe, America and Japan but with lack of both intelligence and money to make a nature friendly industrialization.

    #349178

    Anonymous

    That is true but we buy their cheap products. I think it is just their stage of developement. They are still far behind and cant make such a giant technological leap but they will catch on in time very soon. China & India will definetly rise technologicaly but as i said they need time.

    However i think many parts of europe are also pretty disgusting. I was in one of Danish settlements somewhere in north Jutland (i think it was Vodskov but i am not sure) where main industry is coal power plant and that place was just realy terrible it was like comming to a third world country except that all people were white and all houses had smog dust on themself. That place probably has very bad gettho reputation in Denmark. ;D

    In Slovenia we have similar stuff in Zagorje area where there is alot of pollution too altho not as bad as that Danish village or whatever it is. :D

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    Quote:
    The most ridiculous thing is that Americans, Europeans and Japanese are actually doing something to stop it, but in the back we have a Chinese and Indian industry on rise and they as huge countries absolutely don't invest anything into stopping the pollution with their huge semi-developed industrialization. So we have us busting our arses to achieve something while they just keep on polluting more and more.

    China:
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    India:
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    [img width=700 height=466]http://www.weirdlyodd.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Pollution-in-new-delhi.jpg” />

    So we face an entirely different problem, the backward big countries that try to compete in productivity with Europe, America and Japan but with lack of both intelligence and money to make a nature friendly industrialization.

    The last picture is from India

    But the rest of them remind me of that Onion report

    China Celebrates Status As Number One Polluter

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    The last picture is from India :)

    Oh, that surely must be the reason why i wrote India before pictures that are from India  😮

    #349181

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Oh, that surely must be the reason why i wrote India before pictures that are from India  😮

    Sry didn't see it ;D

    #349182

    Anonymous

    Hmmm…since temperatures are rising on ALL planets of Sol, does that mean that aliens are driving their gas-guzzling internal combustion UFO's on other planets too?  ;D
    In the last 50 years average temperature of the oceans rose from 1.5 to 3 degC, but only 0.6 degC of the air! For global warming to be responsible for rise in ocean temperature of 3 deg, air temp would have to rise over 30 deg!…and then there would be no life on Earth! Ocean temp rising is coming from BELOW!…just like on all planets in Sol!

    #349183

    Anonymous

    Pollution sucks , I think we all agree , but Global Warming has been exposed as a hoax . I think most people put the whole GW craze behind them. Notice that people are more acurrately calling it climate change because you cannot scientifically back man-made global warming. Al Gore's film actually did more to hurt the GW cause than help it once his manipulated and misinterpreted graphs were exposed. Of course there is climate change! Just don't use that as an excuse to tax me and get your buddies into power.

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    #349185

    Anonymous

    Global warming is reality. I mean just look like this: each human is 60 W bulb and there is about 7 billion people on Earth, and its quite natural that Earth is more warm now than in year 1900 when there was less people, and you don't even need to put in factories, traffic and other natural factors  ;D

    #349186

    Anonymous

    Well, AFAIK it's still unproven that humans are the cause of the warming. We know that the global temperature is rising, but I personally think that it's a sign of hubris when we say "We humans did it! We are able to change the climate of a whole planet! And just by unintentional by-product!".

    I think that the more macro-scale elements are the key factor here, as the Sun energy emission, etc. Just to say, that the existence of polar caps is rather rare in whole Earth history. Of course it would be good to take some precautions (as decrease of greenhouse gases emission, just in case that the "mainstream scientists" are true, the odds aren't that bad, and other pollution may also decrease), but not at cost of a good competition.

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