American Physical Society Ready to Bail on Global Warming Hoax
The American Physical Society is the second largest group of physicists in the world, behind only the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. It has never been the place to look for dopes. In the near future, it will not be the place to look for willing dupes:
The American Physical Society (APS) has signalled a dramatic turnabout in its position on “climate change” by appointing three notorious climate skeptics to its panel on public affairs (POPA).
Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a highly regarded physicist who once described climate change alarmism on The Larry King Show as “mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.”
John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has written: “I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.”
Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, a former Warmist (and still a self-described “luke warmer”) who has infuriated many of her more extremist colleagues by defending skeptics and by testifying to the US House Subcommittee on the Environment that the uncertainties in forecasting climate science are much greater than the alarmists will admit.
As Anthony Watts has noted, this is news guaranteed to make a Warmist’s head explode.
The reason it’s so significant is that it comes only three years after one of the APS’s most distinguished members – Professor Hal Lewis – resigned in disgust at its endorsement of what he called “the global warming scam.” …
It is inconceivable, given the new panel’s constitution, that when the APS releases its new position statement on climate change later this year it will be anything other than broadly skeptical of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Given that you would have to be pathologically gullible to let conspicuously slimy characters like Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri convince you that insufficient taxation and regulation are making it be too hot out, why have so many scientists allowed themselves to be stampeded with the low information voter herd? Hal Lewis explains:
I think it is the money…. 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.
But people with courage and integrity continue to break ranks. Soon we will reach a tipping point, where scientists will have to denounce the hoax to have any professional credibility, government grants and media fawning be damned. Then the entire climate change farce, which has cost the world untold fortunes, will collapse like a house of cards.
In the meantime, Obama’s EPA is working feverishly to exploit the hoax to restrict our liberties before it is forced to shift to a different hysterical lie.
On tips from Bergbikr and JusttheTipHQ. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.