A Nobel Prize-winning physicist is quitting the American Physical Society, the world’s second-largest professional organization of physicists, over the organization’s hardline stance on anthropogenic global warming.
Ivar Giaever, who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in discovering the properties of electrons in superconductors, resigned as a Fellow of the society. Giaever is professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In an email obtained by the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Giaever wrote: “I resign from APS … I can not live with the statement below;” namely, that “the evidence is incontrovertible, global warming is occurring.”
Giaever told APS that “the claim … is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin [58.7–60.2 degrees Fahrenheit] in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable.”
Giaever has been a skeptic of man-made global warming for many years. In 2008 he told the 58th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates that “global warming has become a new religion. You are not supposed to be against global warming.” In that speech, Giaever compared modern claims about global warming to those initially made about the ozone hole and acid rain — claims whose proponents later abandoned them.
Before the 2008 presidential election, Giaever signed an open letter from Nobel Laureates endorsing Barack Obama.