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October 08, 2010

Physicist Hal Lewis to American Physical Society: Here Are My Six Theses, Nailed To Your Church Door; I Can Belong To Your Corrupt Religion No Longer

A physicist resigns from the APS. And on his way out the door attacks them for perpetrating a scam and once again breaking their own rules to shut down debate.

And of being bad scientists, and corrupted by the "trillions" of dollars at stake in Climate Alarmist Religion.

3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind---simply to bring the subject into the open.

5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members' interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

The science is settled, but if you try to discuss the science, they shut you down.

Oh and I didn't bother with the corruption part. Seems too obvious.

But once again we see these guys ignoring their own rules to avoid the very debate which they then instruct you does not exist at all.

Of course "there is no debate." Every time someone tries to have one you change the rules.


Via Soylent Green and CharlesA., sending this in simultaneously.


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