UC Physicist: Global Warming A Fraud

OCT. 11, 2010


Harold Lewis, Professor of physics emeritus at University of California at Santa Barbara has resigned from membership in the top professional association for physicists in America saying that “the money flood” has corrupted science and calls global warming a “scam.” The coincidental timing of Dr. Lewis’ statement may give a boost to Prop 23 on the upcoming California ballot to suspend the California “Global Warming Solutions Act.”

In an open letter published in the Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom and addressed to the president of the American Physical Society (APS), Lewis writes that “his former pride in being a fellow of the APS has turned to shame” due to “the money flood” from government.  Lewis states that former President Dwight Eisenhower warned of this corruption of science by government money in his precautions about the “military industrial complex.”

Professor Lewis writes:

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. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

Lewis states that the American Physical Society has “accepted corruption as the norm” by:

  • Stifling debate;
  • Dealing with global warming in secret meetings;
  • Issuing official statements on global warming that did not reflect the preponderance of its members;
  • Failing to change its position statement when the Climategate scandal broke;
  • Squelching dissent by denying the APS membership list to members to communicate with each other to gather signatures for a petition;
  • Forming another secret group to counter those who dissent about global warming.

Lewis speculates that all of these devious actions are due to the “trillions of dollars involved” as well as the “fame and glory and trips to exotic islands” that are involved with “being a member of the club.”

Dr. Lewis is not some outcast or kook physicist. His pedigrees are too lengthy to recite but includes serving as former member of President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee, Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safeguards, Defense Science Board study on nuclear winter and author of several books.

Anthony Watts, a meteorologist, states on his blog (ClimateRealists.com) that Lewis’ letter is an important document in the history of science and ranks with Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door that initiated The Reformation.

Dr. Lewis’ letter comes at a timely moment for Proposition 23 on the November California ballot that would suspend the “Global Warming Solutions Act” (AB32) until the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent.

Concurrently, Dr. Ben Zycher, an economist at the Pacific Research Institute (parent organization of CalWatchdog), has issued a summary of a study he conducted indicating that if Prop. 23 passes on the November ballot it will increase employment by 150,000 by 2011 and by 500,000 by 2020 compared to the employment level if the Global Warming Solutions Act is allowed to continue.

It is unclear is all the large number of pending renewable energy projects on federal lands in desert areas would be suspended by Prop. 23.  But surely the construction of transmission lines from green power projects on federal lands would be affected.

Voters should be aware that Prop. 23 on the California ballot has been apparently made intentionally confusing by the California Secretary of State.  By assigning the number 23 to the proposition to suspend Assembly Bill 32 the inversion of the same numbers may be confusing to the voters.  Also, a YES vote on Prop 23 is a NO vote.  So a YES is a NO vote on green power.


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  1. NewportMac
    NewportMac 11 October, 2010, 09:59

    Hi Wayne,
    Good article, note: the url associated with “Anthony Watts, a meteorologist, states on his blog” should be http://wattsupwiththat.com/

    There’s a lot more to AB32 than meets the eye. A review of the approved 2008 California 
Climate Change Scoping Plan indicates it was crafted and enacted before the facts were known.

    They simply need to strip out the Cap and Trade and reliance on GHG assumptions from AB32 and its potentially a piece of leadership legislation for other states. Sustainability, Clean Energy, and Stewardship are great goals but not at the expense of Common Sense.

    AB 32 needs to be amended to eliminate the Cap and Trade provision 70% of America Opposes, eliminate the reliance on flawed GHG assumptions, eliminate the unnecessary Fees and costly oversight, corrected to tighten the scope so it doesn’t introduce Environmental Red Tape that will do more damage than good, and make non-governmental agencies like CARB accountable to taxpayers.  
    AB 32 needs to be amended or Voting YES on Prop 23 makes the most sense to me.

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  2. TheTruthSquad
    TheTruthSquad 11 October, 2010, 14:04

    Perhaps you should share with your readers that the Pacific Research Institute received a $40,000 “research grant” for its “study” from the oil companies behind Prop 23. It is listed on the Secretary of State’s website, yet PRI didn’t disclose that in its study.

    Talk about corrupt.

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  3. Joe Sullivan
    Joe Sullivan 11 October, 2010, 15:45

    Climate change is something that happens constantly on its own. Mankind cannot control the earth’s climate, and a miniscule reduction of carbon dioxide will not stop global warming.

    Earth’s climate and atmosphere have varied greatly over geological time. The Earth warms up and cools down in 100,000 year cycles. Our planet has mostly been much hotter and humid than today, with far more carbon dioxide (CO2) than today. Earth’s atmosphere now contains about 380 ppm CO2 (0.038%). Compared to former geological times, our present atmosphere is CO2 impoverished. In the last 600 million years of the Earth’s history only one other geological period witnessed CO2 levels less than 400 ppm, and temperatures as low as today. To the consternation of global warming proponents, the late Ordovician Period 550 million ago was also an Ice Age while at the same time CO2 concentrations were nearly 12 times higher than today, 4400 ppm. According to the greenhouse theory, it should have been exceedingly hot. Instead, global temperatures were no warmer than today. Clearly, other factors, such as coincidence of the Sun’s solar maximums and cyclic variations of the Earth’s orbit around the sun are responsible for warm but temporary periods other than atmospheric carbon influence. Proposition 23 should have been designed to kill AB32, not delay it. The Earth’s climate cannot be controlled. And the sad part of AB32 is that it is a farce, perpetrated by those who will benefit financially from it, presented to a people basically ignorant of historical geology.

    I am on of 31,487 scientists, a Geological Engineer for over a half century, who petitioned the government to reject the global warming agreement. Further, in 1977 I was Chief of the Special Programs Unit at McClellan AFB, CA involved in tasks supporting Missile and Space Programs, and Satellite Communications Systems. We were responsible for maintenance of ground receiver stations for polar earth orbiting weather observation satellites, part of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. The weather information, pictures and other classified information are provided to Department of Defense.

    Vote yes on Proposition 23, AB 32 is definitely a scam.

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  4. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 15 October, 2010, 08:18

    Wow fraudsquad, your a little off target there. You normally blurt out irrelevant & false garbage, but that one is not even relevant to the fact that Professor Lewis has exposed all of the fraud & corruption that is driving these job killing regulations.

    The fact that you are blabbering about a $40,000 research grant is laughable. $40K? So they paid for someone to design the graphics for the cover page of the report. How about you compare that to the amount of money that your bosses have invested in garbage studies & publicity in order to benefit financially.

    You are a joke. Did the Maviglio-Steyer House of Lies provide you with flashcards of irrelevant information to utilize when you need to deflect attention from truthful articles that may derail their gravy train?

    You really want to talk about corruption? Look no further than your Idol Mary Nichols and CARB’s repeated “Margin of Error” in excess of 100%-300%+ for their “Scientific Studies”. Or is that just and innocent mistake… that keeps happening over & over… but for some reason that research is still used to push regulations that are not needed. But there was no corruption there right fraudsquad?

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  5. NewportMac
    NewportMac 20 October, 2010, 17:04

    I highly recommend reading this article before making your decision on Prop 23.

    President Vaclav Klaus: Climate Control or Freedom?

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