On this episode of Whiskey Politics we chat with Dr. William Happer, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Princeton University. Dr. Happer is a Director of the CO2 Coalition and was director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science in the George H.W. Bush administration. As one of the leading and most awarded scientists in the United States, Dr. Happer may be best known for his position on climate change as he feels the consensus is wrong.

We discuss his thoughts on Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Deal, his relationship with Donald Trump, and his opinions on Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. We get his thoughts on pollution in emerging markets, the lack of accountability in science, why Al Gore had him fired, and why the virtue signaling of industrialized countries is shameful. Is climate change real? If so, how much is due to humans? What were his thoughts on Al Gore’s movie, and what the real levels of CO2 are today in comparison to history, not 150 years of data, but four billion years. Dr. Happer also talks about how the ‘climate models’ are garbage in and garbage out.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Member

    Great conversation, Dave. I’ve often wondered why, even when the Earth was “warming”, places on the equator had stable temperatures. Dr. Happer is a voice of reason, and I liked what he said about speaking to young people who are hungry for facts.

    • #1
    • January 27, 2018 at 12:20 am
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  2. Thatcher

    Thanks for this Dave. It’s tough these days to be informed about climate change as we hear so rarely from scientists on the other side of the debate. I’m not sure which side has all the answers, but I do believe we need to keep our minds open to new research rather than accepting that science has settled the question. When I was a young girl, the big concern was a return to the ice age.

    • #2
    • January 27, 2018 at 2:14 pm
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  3. Inactive

    I really enjoyed the interview. You have a real knack for finding authoritative, interesting guests.

    • #3
    • January 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm
  4. Member

    Thanks for this excellent discussion. Freeman Dyson is another prominent AGW skeptic (who voted for Obama).

    • #4
    • January 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  5. Coolidge

    I finally figured out why (at least) two surveys of climatologists, done in entirely different ways, came up with that same 97% figure.

    Both surveys could easily have been fiddled to come out with 100% agreement, except that in that case the first dissenter encountered would have immediately revealed that the survey was bogus.

    But with a claim of 97% agreement, any dissenter may be explained away as part of the 3% minority.

    “You need a … pretext to seize power.“

    It’s not just power, it’s to preserve a socialist’s self-esteem.

    In two New Yorker essays, in 1990 or 1991, the economist Robert Heilbroner, author of The Worldly Philosophers and a lifelong socialist, struggled to get his head around the worldwide failure and abandonment of socialism in the 1980s.

    His face-saving conclusion was that even if socialism is an inferior economic system, it will still have to be adopted to save the environment. (He may have been unaware of the environmental devastation revealed when the Iron Curtain came down.) But the fascinating part is, he never mentions global warming. The scare was not yet widely disseminated.

    For him, the conclusion was, socialism is necessary and beneficial (or he’s been a fool his entire life, which is unthinkable); and from this axiomatic conclusion he would reason backwards to whatever evidence and logic sounded good at the moment.

    • #5
    • January 27, 2018 at 10:39 pm