Meet Will Happer, Trump’s go-to man on climate science

Be prepared for the predictable pile-on from the left following the Allinsky rules – attack with maximum invective but never mind the evidence. This is an interview with Will Happer, recently appointed as the official advisor on science for the Trump administration and convenor of a panel of inquiry into the state of climate science.

He was “stung” by Greenpeace who invited him to write a paper on the benefits of CO2 for “a Middle Eastern client”. The idea was to claim he just wrote propaganda for money. He said he would only give his own views and the payment should not go to him.

To be sure your client is not misled on my views, it is clear there are real pollutants associated with the combustion of fossil fuels, oxides of sulfur and nitrogen for most of them, fly ash and heavy metals for coal, volatile organics for gasoline, etc. I fully support regulations for cost-effective control of these real pollutants. But the Paris climate talks are based on the premise that CO2 itself is a pollutant. This is completely false. More CO2 will benefit the world. The only way to limit CO2 would be to stop using fossil fuels, which I think would be a profoundly immoral and irrational policy.

In response to some standard alarmist claims: It is a major problem for humanity.

Quite the contrary, more CO2 will be a benefit to humanity. The predicted warming from more CO2 is grossly exaggerated. The equilibrium warming from doubling CO2 is not going to be 3° C, which might marginally be considered a problem, but closer to 1° C, which will be beneficial. One should not forget that the “global warming” is an average value. There will be little warming in the tropics and little warming at midday. What warming occurs will be mostly in temperate and polar regions, and at night. This will extend the agricultural growing season in many countries like Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia. More CO2 greatly increases the efficiency of photosynthesis in plants and makes land plants more drought-resistant. So, the net result of more CO2 will be strongly beneficial for humanity.

Concerted global governmental action is required to combat it.

In view of the comments above, this is nonsense. Government actions to combat the non-existent problem have blighted the landscape with windmills and solar farms. They have driven up the price of electricity, which has disproportionately harmed the poorest segments of society. Government actions have corrupted science, which has been flooded by money to produce politically correct results. It is time for governments to finally admit the truth about global warming. Warming is not the problem. Government action is the problem.

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25 Responses to Meet Will Happer, Trump’s go-to man on climate science

  1. Beachcomber

    Professor Happer sounds very impressive. A voice of reason that will never be recognised by the ABC-TASS media.

  2. Chris M

    Is he pro-nuclear then?

    I like this guy. But I wish he wouldn’t use the fake term ‘fossil fuels’ (they are mostly not) to describe organic hydrocarbons.

  3. Mak Siccar

    Hallelujah! At last, someone of influence on the world stage who speaks sense. Now does he have the power of persuasion to kill the renewables fraud.

  4. Ian Macmillan

    Who would stand up to the puppet Australian government to say such?

    No-one, because their careers would be destroyed, they would be accused of paedophilia, and an enquiry into their improper use of paperclips would be immediately established.

    Exaggeration, you think?

  5. Beachcomber

    Chris M at 2:30 pm

    ……. the fake term ‘fossil fuels’ (they are mostly not) to describe organic hydrocarbons.

    That’s a really good point! They are probably mostly mostly abiotic in origin and it’s also
    likely that some are derived from deep sea sediment archaebacteria.

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    Not a bit Ian ,the left are nasty bastards , evil lying self promoting scum . Just look at history, ulyanov , bronstein,marx, , dzugashvilli ,hitler mao. Pol pot , the norks kim gang ,che,castro, . Maduro and so on ,as that old crook richo said “whatever it takes “ there are no boundries to their evil .
    And dont believe our present lot arent as bad as the aforementioned scum , given certsin situations we dont know what they would be capable of

  7. Robber Baron

    Trump knows exactly what he is doing.

    Mt Rushmore needs a Trump sculpture so all can pay homage to the great man.

  8. Kingsley

    This is excellent. He is not “denying” that CO2 is a greenhouse gas but rather the scale of its effect and even whether the effect is negative. This will make him much harder to beat than pure deniers and should have some chance at getting the result we really want. Stop spending taxpayers money on this crap. Global warmists should be like flat Earthers, they can have there little conventions, maybe a website or two but essentially they are harmless. We are obviously a long, long way from that.

  9. Mak Siccar
    #2966837, posted on March 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    +1

    More are needed.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    I bet the msm are all over him supporting him with their devotion to truth and fairness ,showing their usual balance and fair comment reporting with the devotion to democracy they were taught at the karl marx scool of journalism , the comrade indoctrinators who taught them would be proud of their pupils .

  11. Tom

    To look up everything you need to know about Will Happer, use the loony left establishment’s main vehicle for destroying its political enemies, Google: almost everything listed for the past year is an hilarious attempted character assassination using the left’s entire box of tricks from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

    Pre-eminent, of course, is that he is a climate science “denier”, leftese for skeptic who insists on evidence, unlike the entire science community on the government payroll, who know they’re out of job if taxpayers won’t supply the rivers of gold for their CAGW fantasy, driven by incessant propaganda from the leftist battalions in the news media.

    In fact, not one of the search results on Google’s front page is a non-leftist source. They’re all Happer’s ideological enemies. There’s even a video a Young Turks video questioning whether Happer is anti-Semitic, an Alinsky tactical special designed to force him to deny a meticulously constructed leftard furphy.

    The left’s tactics are so predictable. In fact, Happer’s wall-to-wall smearing by the sources Google is biased towards is a sign he is a feared enemy of the enemies of credible, calibrated scientific testing.

    Even after a quarter of a century of alarmism, only 35% of Americans now regard climate change as an “imminent” threat — unlike Australia, which has a $1.2 billion government media monopoly doing the alarmists’ bidding for them 24/7.

  12. cohenite

    Letter in support of Will Happer.

    Dear President Trump,

    The undersigned organizations and individuals write to express our strong support for the proposed President’s Commission on Climate Security. It is our understanding that this commission, which is being planned and would be directed by Dr. William Happer of the National Security Council staff, is currently being considered by your senior White House staff and relevant Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. The commission would consist of a small number of distinguished experts on climate-related science and national security. It would be charged with conducting an independent, high-level review of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and other official reports relating to climate and its implications for national security. Its deliberations would be subject to the transparency requirements of the Federal Advisory Committees Act.

    In our view, an independent review of these reports is long overdue. Serious problems and shortcomings have been raised repeatedly in the past by highly-qualified scientists only to be ignored or dismissed by the federal agencies in charge of producing the reports. Among major issues that have been raised and that we hope the commission will scrutinize: the models used have assumed climate sensitivities to CO2 concentrations significantly higher than recent research warrants; the models used have predicted much more warming than has actually occurred; predictions of the negative impacts of global warming have been made based on implausible high-end emissions scenarios; the positive impacts of warming have been ignored or minimized; and surface temperature data sets have been manipulated to show more rapid warming than has actually occurred. An underlying issue that we hope the commission will also address is the fact that so many of the scientific claims made in these reports and by many climate scientists are not falsifiable, that is, they cannot be tested by the scientific method.

  13. Beachcomber

    Tom at 5:01 pm

    …….. the loony left establishment’s main vehicle for destroying its political enemies, Google

    A very accurate definition of Google.

    But the fascist left establishment aren’t loonies, that is being too kind to them. They are calculating, dangerous totalitarians who are all-too-aware of what they are doing.

  14. CameronH

    This bloke had better have some good body guards. There are trillions of dollars plus a world wide socialist take over riding on this scam.

  15. DrBeauGan

    To look up everything you need to know about Will Happer, use the loony left establishment’s main vehicle for destroying its political enemies, Google: almost everything listed for the past year is an hilarious attempted character assassination using the left’s entire box of tricks from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

    Tom, It’s been obvious for years to anyone with the beginning of a scientific education that this is a scam. It’s done huge damage to science already.

  16. Mark M

    Donald Trump is using Stalinist tactics to discredit climate science – Michael Mann and Bob Ward:

    A panel to promote an alternative explanation for [global warming] would be disastrous.
    Yet that’s what White House officials want …

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/20/donald-trump-stalinist-techniques-climate-science

    Bonus: Communist Cookery

    Lenin, Stalin and Marx give us communist cooking tips, and do a song and dance …
    “When you’ve shot everyone you could shoot
    and you shot the firing squad too
    Get into the kitchen, get out the pans
    And shoot a little dish or two.”

  17. Tel

    Mt Rushmore needs a Trump sculpture so all can pay homage to the great man.

    Up above and looking down at the others.

    Made from reinforced concrete, doubles as a hotel.

  18. Fang

    Mt Rushmore needs a Trump sculpture so all can pay homage to the great man.

    Up above and looking down at the others.

    Made from reinforced concrete, doubles as a hotel.
    (In gold!)

  19. Empire 5:5

    And a golf course.

  20. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The science is definitely not settled. That is the first message to get across.
    Those who claim that it is are pushing a very political barrow and causing untold havoc.
    Causing havoc under the guise of ‘taking insurance in case’, their fallback response, is very poor policy.

  21. egg_

    Isn’t the Paris Agreement a non-binding watered down version of previous Agreements?
    Only Kamikazees need adhere?

  22. Nob

    Google would be biased even if neutral because activists have unlimited time on their hands for activism.

    For two random examples try looking up Equinor Great Australian Bight, Adani or just fracking.

  23. Nob

    Sorry couldn’t stop at two.
    There are so many. A good guide is when something is branded as “controversial” by MSM.

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