[asa] APS statement

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <hossradbourne@gmail.com>
Date: Mon Nov 16 2009 - 15:16:41 EST

For those interested, the American Physical Society just sent out the
following email to members:

> Dear APS Member:
> As you may have already heard, the Council of the American Physical
> Society, at its meeting on November 8, overwhelmingly rejected a
> proposal to replace the Society's 2007 statement on Climate Change with
> a version that raised doubts about global warming. The original motion,
> made by councilor Robert Austin at the May 1 Council meeting, had been
> tabled to allow time for further consideration.
> Subsequently, in my role as APS president, I appointed an ad hoc
> committee chaired by MIT physicist and APS Fellow Daniel Kleppner to
> review the 2007 climate statement and the proposed wording in the Austin
> petition and to advise the presidential line on what actions to take. A
> more complete history of the petition and subsequent actions were
> detailed in a front page article in the October 2009 APS News, sent to
> all APS members and available on line at:
> http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200910/climate.cfm
> In that APS News article, members who wished to express their input on
> the matter were encouraged to contact their councilor before the November
> Council meeting. I thank the over 200 APS members who personally sent me
> their thoughtful input. A number of councilors received hundreds of
> emails as well.
> The Kleppner committee recommended to me that the current APS statement
> be allowed to stand, but advised that it be referred to the Society's
> Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) for possible improvements in clarity and
> tone. The Council voted to follow this recommendation, and POPA has been
> tasked with this request. After POPA has done its review, the statement
> and any clarifications will be posted for member comment and input in
> advance of the report back from POPA to Council at the April, 2010 Council
> meeting.
> The full text of the Kleppner report is available to APS members at:
> http://www.aps.org/policy/reports/climate/
> If you do not have an APS web username and password, you can create an
> account online at:
> http://www.aps.org/membership/NewUser.cfm
> Sincerely,
> Cherry A. Murray
> President, APS

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