The country’s largest organization of physicists is working fast to restore its good name, which was damaged by one ignorant editor of a non-peer-reviewed newsletter. That editor, Jeff Marque, published a previously-debunked analysis by failed conservative politician and non-scientist Lord Monckton.
The Council of the American Physical Society quickly responded to the uproar over this disinformation by adding a new disclaimer to the Monckton article:
This article has not undergone any scientific peer review. Its conclusions are in disagreement with the overwhelming opinion of the world scientific community. The Council of the American Physical Society disagrees with this article’s conclusions.
There is no need to waste any further time here debunking Monckton’s “sleight-of-hand to fool the unwary,” as RealClimate put it. As the APS makes clear, just because somebody uses a lot of numbers and formulas, that doesn’t make their analysis either scientific or credible.
Thanks to all those who wrote in and helped push the APS to clean up this mess.
For a humorous take on this, see “Irony-gate: Viscount Monckton, a British peer, says his paper was peer-reviewed by a scientist.“