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CNBC’s climate-denying ‘expert’: Carbon is demonized ‘just like the poor Jews under Hitler’

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A Princeton professor who CBNC billed as an “industry expert” on the climate said this week that scientists were demonizing carbon dioxide “like the poor Jews under Hitler” in order to perpetrate a global warming hoax.

During a Monday interview on the cable business channel, professor William Happer asserted that all climate models which showed the Earth getting warmer were wrong, and compared his fight against the scientific community to Galileo’s imprisonment for insisting that the Earth was round.

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CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin pointed out that he had a problem with Happer being presented as an expert because the professor did “not believe in climate change at all.”

“Just a minute!” Happer interrupted. “I believe in climate change. Shut up!”

Sorkin reminded the professor that he had compared climate change to the Holocaust in 2009.

“Are you suggesting that — when you made that comment — that climatologists and climate scientists are the equivalent of Hitler and Nazis?” Sorkin wondered.

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“You know, I get called a denier, and anyone who objects to all of the hype gets called denier,” Happer opined. “That’s supposed to make me a Holocaust denier. You know, I’m getting tired of that.”

“The comment that I made was, the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,” he added. “Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”

Watch the video below from CNBC’s Squawk Box, broadcast July 15, 2014.

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(h/t: Media Matters)

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