By Tom Quiner
Dr. Ivar Giaever is an accomplished scientist.
He won a Nobel prize in physics in 1973 for research on “tunneling phenomena in solids.”
I have no idea what that means. Here’s how his bio in Wikipedia states it:
“The work that led to Giaever’s Nobel Prize was performed at General Electric in 1960. Following on Esaki’s discovery of electron tunnelling insemiconductors in 1958, Giaever showed that tunnelling also took place in superconductors, demonstrating tunnelling through a very thin layer of oxidesurrounded on both sides by metal in a superconducting or normal state. Giaever’s experiments demonstrated the existence of an energy gap in superconductors, one of the most important predictions of the BCS theory of superconductivity, which had been developed in 1957. Giaever’s experimental demonstration of tunnelling in superconductors stimulated the theoretical physicist Brian Josephson to work on the phenomenon, leading to his prediction of the Josephson effect in 1962. Esaki and Giaever shared half of the 1973 Nobel Prize, and Josephson received the other half.“
Got that? Dr. Giaever is a bright man.
He takes his science seriously, going so far as to publicly opposing Louisiana’s creationism law which allows public schools to use, among other things, materials which question the theory of evolution.
I mention that in light of Dr. Giaever’s recent politically-incorrect remarks regarding global warming and climate change:
“I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem.”
Keep in mind that Dr. Giaever was a passionate and public supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, signing a letter along with 70 other Nobel winners stating that the…
“… country urgently needs a visionary leader. Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him.”
Times have changed.
Regarding Mr. Obama’s embrace of climate change theology, Dr. Giaever retorts:
“I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.”
He was just warming up …
“Global warming really has become a new religion. Because you cannot discuss it. It’s not proper. It is like the Catholic Church.”
I don’t know if that’s some sort of swipe at the Catholic Church, but it is true that climate change science seems to have morphed into a religion. That’s why I always describe the subject as the “theology of climate change.”
The doctor points out that there has been no global warming for some 17 years according to satellite data. Worse, scientists have been caught “fiddling” the data:
“When you have a theory and the theory does not agree with the experiment then you have to cut out the theory. You were wrong with the theory.”
As this blog has reported, the statistic that 97% of climate scientists believe we have a man-made climate-change crisis is a myth.
Dr. Giaever is but one of thousands of dissenters within the scientific community.