A Climate Change Skeptic Is Spearheading Trump’s New Climate Change Committee

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The White House is considering creating a climate change committee that will focus on refuting claims made by its own administration and will put at the head of the committee a long time climate change skeptic.

National Security Council senior director William Happer will lead the committee despite his dubious past claims, including one where he compared the scrutiny of carbon dioxide by climate scientists to the treatment of Jews in the Holocaust under Adolf Hitler.

“The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,” Happer said on CNBC in July of 2014. “Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”

Happer has stated repeatedly that excess carbon is good for the planet because it helps plants grow. The majority of the scientific community has concluded that excess carbon is damaging the  Earth’s atmosphere and warming average temperatures around the globe.

The Princeton professor started the CO2 Coalition in defense of the greenhouse gas.

“I like to call this the CO2 anti-defamation league,” he said at a 2016 climate policy summit, according to the Washinton Post, “because there is the CO2 molecule, and it has undergone decade after decade of abuse, for no reason.

“We’re doing our best to try and counter this myth that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant,” he continued. “It’s not a pollutant at all. . . . We should be telling the scientific truth, that more CO2 is actually a benefit to the earth.”

The panel Happer could lead is a pushback of recent reports from military and intelligence agencies that have recognized climate change as a major national security threat to the United States. It would be brought in by executive order from President Donald Trump.

The president has reinstated climate change denials on Twitter this year, with two tweets that imply the presence of snow means global warming doesn’t exist.

Trump denied earlier reports of the harms of climate change, including one produced by 13 agencies under his administration that concluded climate change could hurt the U.S. economy.

“No, no I don’t believe it, ”Trump told reporters when the report was released in November.