The White House is establishing a new climate group, the Presidential Committee on Climate Security. If you’re thinking that Finally!! the Trump regime is becoming enlightened about the crisis we have on our hands … well, you’ve forgotten who we’re dealing with here.
Trump and his coterie of climate science deniers have something else than enlightenment in mind: shooting down assertions that climate change is a national security threat, according to several federal intelligence agencies, including the office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Pentagon, and all the service branches. Suspicions that these agencies are all part of a climate change hoax just drip off the wording in a late-2018 National Security Council discussion paper on the matter. After taking note of the assertions of the agencies and departments, it states, “However, these scientific and national security judgments have not undergone a rigorous independent and adversarial scientific peer review to examine the certainties and uncertainties of climate science, as well as implications for national security,”
Rigor. Independence. That’s certainly what we can expect from a committee to be led by NSC member Will Happer, a distinguished emeritus Princeton physics professor who was once chair of the George C. Marshall Institute, a right-wing disinformation outfit that disputes the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists. He has served in several government posts, including as director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy under the first President Bush in 1991-93. He is also a veteran member of the Cold War advisory group JASON, set up to scrutinize defense-related science questions.
Happer believes that extra carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere should be counted as an asset, not a detriment. Ten years ago, as reported by the Daily Princetonian, he said of climate science:
“This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda,” Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, said in an interview. “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.” [...]
“All the evidence I see is that the current warming of the climate is just like past warmings. In fact, it’s not as much as past warmings yet, and it probably has little to do with carbon dioxide, just like past warmings had little to do with carbon dioxide,” Happer explained.
Then, in 2014, as reported this week by Ed Mazza, Happer went full wacko in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box: “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”
So climate scientists aren’t just mistaken and “alarmist.” They seek a new Holocaust. The climate security panel’s report obviously can be counted on to be a doozy. Your tax dollars at work. Perhaps they can juice it up with a foreword from Republican Sen. James “Snowballs Mean There’s No Warming” Inhofe.