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Trump met with climate skeptic who compared the ‘demonization of carbon dioxide’ to ‘Jews under Hitler’

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President-elect Donald Trump met on Friday with a climate-denying scientist who has compared efforts to stop global warming to the Holocaust, Gizmodo reported.

William Happer, who is a professor of physics at Princeton, has repeatedly made statements over the years that question the dangers posed by global warming.

During a 2014 appearance on CNBC, Happer suggested that “the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” He told Andrew Ross Sorkin, “Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”

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Happer made similar comments to the Daily Princetonian in 2009, when he claimed climate science was like Nazi propaganda, Media Matters reported.

The physicist has also received funding from the fossil fuel industry to produce reports that aim to cast doubt on climate change. A 2015 undercover investigation lead by Greenpeace revealed Happer agreed to produce a report with a fee of $250 an hour that he wanted donated to the CO2 Coalition, a climate-skeptic organization, according to the Guardian.

Happer also acknowledged that the report would likely “not pass peer-review with a scientific journal.” Likewise, in a 2015 testimony for the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Happer argued, the “benefits that more [carbon dioxide] brings from increased agricultural yields and modest warming far outweigh any harm.”

E&E News reported on Happer’s visit to Trump Tower, speculating that he would be considered for a position in the Trump administration in energy or science.

“The meeting may be most noteworthy as an example of how Trump plans to get scientific advice—through meetings with people whose views are not necessarily part of the mainstream,” the Washington Post noted.

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‘That is not true’: MSNBC cuts away from Trump’s press briefing after he claims Biden is anti-vaccine

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During a press briefing at the White House this Friday, President Trump touted the coronavirus vaccine currently in development, preemptively calling it “successful” and saying that it will save “millions of lives.”

While making his comments, Trump took a dig at Joe Biden, claiming he espouses "anti-vaccine theories" and he's "putting a lot of lives at risk" for "political reasons."

Trump's words prompted MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin to cut away from the briefing and issue a fact check.

"Obviously there's no evidence of that -- that is not true," Mohyeldin said.

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FBI chief on a ‘collision course’ with Trump because he’s too smart to ignore facts: Andrew McCabe

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Speaking on CNN this Friday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe pushed back on President Trump's recent claim that China poses a bigger threat to the U.S. election than Russia does --  a claim that is picking up steam amongst Trump administration officials.

According to McCabe, Trump's assessment is "to be expected," adding that current FBI Director Christopher Wray's opposite assessment is a sign that he'll "probably be in conflict with this president."

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