American Elephants

Ivar Giaever, Nobel laureate in Physics, Resigned from the American Physical Society. by The Elephant's Child

Here is the  Letter from Ivar Giaever, Nobel laureate in physics, to the American Physical Society this last week.

From: Ivar Giaever []
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:42 PM
Cc: Robert H. Austin’; ‘William Happer’; ‘Larry Gould’; ‘hal lewis’; ‘S. Fred Singer’; Roger Cohen

Subject: I resign from APS

Dear Ms. Kirby

Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I can not live with the statement below:

Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth’s climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.

The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.

If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.

In the APS  it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?  The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this “warming” period.

Best regards,

Ivar Giaever
Nobel Laureate 1973

Mr. Giaver was an American Physical Society fellow, an honor bestowed on “only half of one percent” of the members, according to a spokesman.  He follows in the footsteps of U.C. Santa  Barbara Emeritus Professor of Physics Harold Lewis, a former APS fellow who resigned in 2010. Mr. Lewis called global warming “the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.”

Other dissenters include Stanford University physicist and Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin, the late green revolution icon and Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, Princeton physicist William Happer and World Federation of Scientists President Antonino Zichichi.  Not all these scientists agree on climate change, but they maintain an open mind about warming and what to do about it.

Those who insist that no respectable person dissents from the climate change “consensus” might keep these gentlemen in mind.  Mr. Gore, who dismisses anyone who disagrees with him,  just had a 24 hour telethon on his very own network to bully more people into agreeing with him.


The Sun is Setting on Barack Obama’s Big Idea. by The Elephant's Child

It’s over.  The president was going to completely reorganize the American economy around the crisis of climate change. No crisis. The bankruptcy of Obama’s star solar-panel maker has also marked the demise of the whole green jobs idea, and the idea that we can efficiently get free energy from the sun. But that was just the cover story.  As James Pethokoukis explains in Reuters:

To what end? Well, Obama claimed his election would mark “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” But that was just the cover story. At its core, Obamanomics is about the top-down redistribution of wealth and income. Government spending on various “green” subsidies and programs, along with a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions, would enrich key Democrat constituencies: lawyers, public sector unions, academia and non-profits.

Oh, and Wall Street, too. Who was the exclusive financial adviser to Solyndra when it was trying to secure the $535 million loan from Washington? Goldman Sachs. And had the cap-and-trade scheme been enacted, big banks stood ready to reap billions from the trading of carbon emission credits.

No wonder many Democratic strategists predicted their party’s 2008 landslide win would usher in a generation of political dominance. Obamanomics, essentially, would divert taxpayer dollars to the Green Lobby – and then into the campaign coffers of the Democratic Party. This is what crony capitalism is really all about: politicians enriching favored businesses, who then return the favor. Or maybe it’s the other way around, Who cares, really. It’s an endless, profitable loop for both.

The rest of the story is here, and is one of the most important stories you will read this year.

The unfolding scandal of Solyndra involves government “investment” of half a billion of taxpayer money in a company clearly defined as likely to fail from the very beginning. All kinds of warnings were ignored.

The experience of Spain proved not only that solar energy was not viable, but that “green jobs” were a pipe-dream.  Obama’s former energy czar, the communist Van Jones, was sure that green jobs would benefit American blacks whom he believed suffered more from climate change than the rest of us. Yet more jobs have been lost in the black community than in the rest of the economy, and “green jobs” have proved to be a fraud.

Climate activists failed to achieve greenhouse gas controls in the United States in the form of a cap-and-trade program, the Chicago Climate Exchange failed and went out of business. Although they are still trying to pursue incremental regulation of greenhouse gases at the federal and state level, they have not given up on a comprehensive national regime to control emissions.  Instead they have done what liberals always do when thwarted — they changed the name.  Their Holy Grail is now being pursued under the name of a Clean Energy Standard.

Obama is attempting to strip the Oil and Gas industry of their huge subsidies, for every 2¢ of subsidy for Big Oil, wind and solar get nearly $1.  A $38.6 billion loan guarantee program that the Obama administration promised would “create or save” 65,000 jobs has created only a few thousand jobs two years after it began. The program was intended to jump-start the clean technology industry by giving low cost government guaranteed loans to companies judged too risky to draw support from venture capitalists.  So far it has directly created 3,545 new, permanent jobs after giving out half the allocated amount.  Hot Air does the math:

With $17.2 billion spent on these programs, the cost per actual job created comes to $4.853 million.

There is much more scandal to come. More government-backed solar energy companies are expected to go bankrupt. More crony-capitalism will be exposed, more disregard for due diligence. And some questions about the government idea that it is the government’s task to take on risks (with taxpayer money) that are too questionable for the private market, or even that it is the government’s task to pick winners and losers.

Aside from all that, it is becoming clear that CO2 emissions are not the cause of climate change, and the real cause is the interaction of the sun and cosmic rays. CERN’s CLOUD experiments have essentially required a complete reassessment of conventional thinking on climate. It is all falling apart.  All the fraud, all the greed, all the corruption.  More to come.

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