Sunday, March 23, 2014

APS to Review Its Position on Climate Change

. . The American Physical Society (APS), a member of the American Institute of Physics, is the world's second largest organization of physicists, behind the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. and publishes over a dozen scientific journals, including the prestigious Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. We have published in both these journals.
. . On February 20'th its Panel on Public Affairs announced it would be revising its statement on Climate Change.  In preparation it appointed to the panel three prominent scientists who have vociferously apposed the often claimed "consensus" opinion:
Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachusetts 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.
. . It is not known what the new statement will be, but with this appointment it is likely to be considerably different.  The organization has been under considerable pressure to change it current support of the "consensus" opinion. This action comes 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." He was disturbed by the APS statement on Climate Change which he describes as "apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members."  

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