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President Trump is in need of a science adviser but hasn’t settled on a final candidate for the post yet. Among those in the running is a Princeton atomic physicist named William Happer.
Happer is unique among scientists: he has, for the last 10 years, rejected any and all evidence that humans are causing climate change. He describes himself as an expert on the subject, but has almost no record of peer-reviewed scientific journals on the matter.
But that doesn’t stop him from vilifying actual climate scientists whenever he can.
“They’re glassy-eyed and they chant. It will potentially harm the image of all science,” he recently told The Guardian in an interview, speaking about climate scientists.
He also likened their fight to reduce our carbon dioxide footprint to the “demonization of poor Jews under Hitler.”
But Happer isn’t an independent scientist so much as a fossil fuel patsy trying to make a buck. In 2015, Happer was caught by Greenpeace activists in a sting offering to write a report on the benefits of carbon dioxide. In the sting, he suggested ways to hide the identity of the fake organization that would have funded his story.
Perhaps Trump will look to a more reliable, less corrupt science adviser. But probably not.
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