Anthony Watts announces what he calls “an important moment in science history.” Professor Harold Lewis reluctantly discards his 67-year membership of the American Physical Society in protest at the global-warming-driven corruption of science (h/t val majkus).
It’s worth reflecting on the significance of this prominent resignation and the reasons he cites for offering it. Here is a sample from his letter:
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.
I predict this will prompt deeper public introspection into global warming and public policy responses to it than have hitherto been possible.
Dr Lewis specifies wrong-doing at the APS, including a secret committee that never met and the brazen ignoring of a lawful petition from the members — driven, he says, by the “trillions of dollars” made available when you believe in man-made global warming, not to mention “frequent trips to exotic islands” so long as you join the global warming club.