Esteemed physicist Harold Lewis is calling global warming the
'most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen.' His
resignation letter could mark the unraveling of one of the great
scientific mistakes in history and the beginning of a needed
reformation of the scientific community.
Five centuries ago, a German priest challenged the reigning
theological "consensus" about the clerical sale of indulgences,
unraveling one of the great religious scams in history and inspiring
the Protestant Reformation.
This month, a senior American physicist challenged the reigning
scientific "consensus" about global warming. His action may prove to
be the unraveling one of the great scientific mistakes in history
and the beginning of a greatly needed reformation of the scientific
Revulsion over fraud
Just as Martin Luther paid the price for his dissent, Dr. Harold
Lewis is experiencing a sharp backlash in the wake of his Oct. 6
resignation letter from the prestigious American Physical Society
(APS). After 67 years as a member, Dr. Lewis - emeritus professor of
physics and former department chairman at the University of
California, Santa Barbara - parted ways because of his "revulsion"
over the climate change "fraud" perpetrated by what he felt was
science distorted by money.
Other esteemed scientists have in recent years put forward
compelling critiques of the technical and scientific case for
anthropogenic climate change. Dr. Lewis's resignation letter is not
such a critique. Rather, it is a condemnation of the way ideology,
politics, and money have suppressed dissenting viewpoint and
distorted the very nature of scientific inquiry. Like the so-called
Climategate controversy, in which hacked emails from a group of
climate scientists revealed political and personal factors
influencing scientific work, Lewis' letter lays bare the less-than-
noble motivations that seem to be driving discussion of climate-
change research today.
The APS position: 'incontrovertible'
To understand Lewis's letter, you first have to understand the
APS position on climate change. The APS, like several other major
scientific organizations, supports the theory of man-caused global
warming. Its official statement from 2007 read, in part: "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.... The APS also urges governments,
universities, national laboratories and its membership to support
policies and actions that will reduce the emission of greenhouse
This statement troubled Lewis deeply. These key excerpts from
Lewis's resignation letter explain why:
"[T]he money flood has become the raison d'etre of much physics
research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the
support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that
will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all
these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no
pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.
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.... I don't believe that any real
physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion.
1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to
a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then
President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we
got the e-mail addresses. …