In honor of Earth Day 2017, CNN decided to have a discussion Saturday morning on the topic of climate change, and two of the invited guests were Bill Nye (aka the “Science Guy) and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University who is an ardent denier of climate change and has also advised Donald Trump on the issue.
Happer started off his comments with blatant lies:
“There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet. Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
A clearly exasperated Nye responded by criticizing both CNN and Professor Happer:
“What he claims to not understand is the rate. it’s the speed at which we’re adding carbon dioxide. And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change.”
Later in the debate, Nye again called Happer out for pretending that climate change is some sort of non-issue:
“I encourage you to cut this out so we can move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology. We want advanced wind turbines, advanced concentrated energy plants. If we were to do that, we would have at least 3 million new jobs in the United States that could not be outsourced. We would not need to have our military on the other of the world defending what people call ‘our oil.’ We could move forward and we could export this technology. We could be world leaders in this instead of wringing our hands and cherry picking data and pretending that this problem that’s obvious to the scientific community but it is somehow not obvious to you.”
But Happer was far from finished making a complete jackass of himself, comparing the 2016 Paris Agreement on the environment to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. CNN host Victor Blackwell asked how in the world Happer could make such a statement, to which the completely clueless professor replied:
“It is an appropriate comparison because it was a treaty that was not going to do any good. This treaty also will not do any good. Anyone who looks at the results of doing what the treaty says can see that the effect on the earth’s climate is — even if you take the alarmist computer models, trivial. It will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
And this man calls himself a scientist?! I say we put William Happer out on a ice floe somewhere in Antarctica and not allow him to return until he manages to get all the excrement out from between his ears.
Here’s the segment from CNN:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org