Happer’s meeting with Trump gave rise to speculation about a role in the administration.
The Washington Post reported: “Happer did not answer questions on his way into the elevator to meet with Trump, according to pool reports. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Post. E&E News, which was apparently first to report on the meeting, noted that it was ‘unclear’ whether Happer might be under consideration for energy or science positions in the administration. There certainly remain many of those to fill.”
Climate skeptics would rejoice at the prospect of Happer joining a Trump administration. Happer served as the former director of DOE’s Office of Energy Research — now the Office of Science — from 1991 until 1993.
“Many people don’t realize that over geological time, we’re really in a CO2 famine now. Almost never has CO2 levels been as low as it has been in the Holocene (geologic epoch) – 280 (parts per million – ppm) – that’s unheard of. Most of the time [CO2 levels] have been at least 1000 (ppm) and it’s been quite higher than that,” Happer told the Senate Committee. “Earth was just fine in those times,” Happer added. “The oceans were fine, plants grew, animals grew fine. So it’s baffling to me that we’re so frightened of getting nowhere close to where we started,” Happer explained.
Happer was also featured in the 2016 theatrically released skeptical film Climate Hustle.
Ex-Bush adviser, CO2 enthusiast meets with Trump – He was director of DOE’s Office of Energy Research — now the Office of Science — from 1991 until 1993, and “wore a dual hat” as the president’s science and technology adviser, according to DOE. He’s listed on Princeton’s website as the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics. In testimony before a Senate subcommittee last year, Happer said, “For many decades, the citizens of the USA and of much of the world have been flooded with the message that CO2 is ‘carbon pollution.’ We are supposed to trust our government and selfless [nongovernmental organizations] for instructions on how to save the planet. Much of the message is false, but its purveyors control key positions in the media, in the government, in scientific societies, in charitable foundations, etc. This makes it difficult to get out the truth that climate science is far from ‘settled.’ He’s on the board of directors of the CO2 Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate “thought leaders, policymakers and the public about the important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy.”
‘I don’t question that the earth has warmed since the end of the Little Ice Age, but I am persuaded that most of the warming was due to natural causes, about which the governments can do nothing.’
‘Isn’t the freedom to think what we like and say what we think at the very heart of the scientific endeavor? If so, then how did we get ourselves into this fix? The situation seems to many of us to be truly scandalous — one that historians of science are going to be making hay out of for decades and centuries to come.’
Happer: “To the extent it is settled, it indicates no cause for alarm or for extreme measures. Indeed, a dispassionate analysis of the science indicates that more CO2 will bring benefits, not harm, to the world.”
Key excerpts: Happer: ‘Carbon pollution’ is a propaganda slogan for the campaign against carbon dioxide (CO2). It is not science. Atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant but is essential for plant growth. nCurrent CO2 levels are far below optimum for most plants, and far below norms of geological history, when CO2 concentrations averaged several times higher than present values. Contrary to unambiguous computer predictions, there has been no statistically significant surface warming in at least 15 years. There is not the slightest evidence that more CO2has caused more extreme weather or accelerated sea level rise. Nor is there the slightest support for the notion that government control of CO2 will ‘stop climate change.’
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