Renowned Physicist resigns from American Physical Society

by Brian McGraw on October 15, 2010

in Blog, Science

Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at UC Santa Barbara, sent a resignation letter to the American Physical Society last week. He had been a member of the APS for 67 years. Lewis called Global Warming the “greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life.”

An excerpt:

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.

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.

Lewis accuses the APS of ignoring the very valid concerns of its members over their official statement on climate change (which ignored what Lewis believes to be numerous uncertainties) and being corrupted by financial interests in the global warming debate.

The APS responded, denying Dr. Lewis’ accusations, most vehemently that they had been captured by financial interests. They did, however, agree to create a topical group to further discuss their position on the issue. This was one of Dr. Lewis’ primary complaints – that he had been not been allowed to convene a group on this issue, so despite his resignation, he was successful in that regard.

Vevek October 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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Arno Arrak October 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I note that he did not do that until he was retired. Working physicists who want to keep their jobs are afraid to say anything against global warming because the Green lobby holds the purse strings, their grants can evaporate, and their tenure track can be pulled out from under by political pressure. Nevertheless, enough of them got up the courage to sign a petition which APS biggies had no intention of responding to. Greenies pay the piper and call the tune.

grant duncan October 25, 2010 at 8:05 am


Mr. Xyz October 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

There’s a response from APS about the Hal Lewis resignation deconstructed at WUWT check it out! (10/13)

The MSM will try to keep this quiet just like the previous global warming scandal.

Readers not familiar with the 10:10 dust up, see the videos below.

While watching the first one, ask yourself if it’s sincere or if 10:10 is being pranked on by skeptics.

Keep watching until you’re sure, and then watch more.

CONTENT WARNING: a lot of fake gore, also the interview of Richard Curtis includes a shocking juxtaposition of real violence.

Note: the resignations of Chris Landsea and Roger A Pielke SR. both hint at conspiracy.

Landsea resigned because of an unethical press conference that was likely used by Al Gore as a green light to build his movie around Hurricane Katrina.

Pielke resigned because while lead author for a major climate report, scientists undermined him by working behind his back. These incidents are well known and not hard to research.
Even if you are familiar with the 10:10 thing, there’s a variety of over the top eco stuff in the playlist.

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