The claim by the APS stated that "the evidence is incontrovertible" that man's actions have led to global warming, thus creating the conundrum of the use of such a concrete term in dealing with what is supposed to be a theory, which at the very least is a violation of the scientific method. The use of the term was immediately controversial, yet the Society added an addendum to the statement to reinforce the view: "The word 'incontrovertible' ... is rarely used in science because by its very nature, science questions prevailing ideas."
Dr Giaever makes a valid comparison with real science:
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?He further adds:
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.Such statements typically result in the speaker of such heresy being excommunicated from the scientific community, but fortunately Dr Giaever's standing can insulate him to some degree, and serve as an inspiration to others. The news report above provides some added detail:
Giaever earned his Nobel for his experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in superconductors. He has since become a vocal dissenter from the alleged “consensus” regarding man-made climate fears, Climate Depot reported, noting that he was one of more than 100 co-signers of a 2009 letter to President Obama critical of his position on climate change.