The man behind a White House proposal to re-evaluate the national security risks of climate change is a physicist who once compared the maligning of carbon dioxide to the “demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”
William Happer is a National Security Council technology adviser spearheading an initiative to create a presidential committee on climate. He has long drawn scrutiny for insisting that rising carbon dioxide emissions are a boon for the planet, not a danger.
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Scientists see his proposal as part of a disturbing trend in which the Trump administration elevates ideological opponents of established scientific views.
“He’s not someone on the street who’s unaware or ignorant; he’s a scientist,” said Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. “In theory he has the mental skills to analyze and understand this problem, but he has clearly abandoned them in favor of an ideological position that’s not based” on facts.
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A Princeton University-trained physicist, Happer directed energy research efforts under former President George H.W. Bush and has been a member of a scientific panel that advises the U.S. military known as JASON. He’s headed panels on radiological issues and improvised explosive devices, according to a Princeton biography.
Administration officials were set to meet Friday to discuss Happer’s proposal to establish a presidential committee to assess the consensus of both scientists and the Pentagon that climate change poses a national security threat, according to a person familiar with the plan.
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Happer, referred inquiries to the National Security Council press office, which declined to comment. He has published more than 200 scientific papers — though a cursory review didn’t reveal any in peer-reviewed journals that were focused on climate change. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and has a doctorate in physics from Princeton.
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