The oil-financed pick to lead Donald Trump’s climate change panel has said some interesting things on TV in the past — including one comparison between environmentalists and Nazis.
Vox reported that physicist, climate change denier and national security council senior director William Happer has conflated anti-carbon dioxide arguments to Nazism multiple times.
As Media Matters’ John Whitehouse pointed out on Twitter earlier Wednesday, Trump’s pick to lead the Presidential Committee on Climate Security told CNBC in 2014 that “the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”
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Happer has previously argued that "the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler" pic.twitter.com/RzI4794alt
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It wasn’t the last time Happer used the strange allegory, Vox noted.
In 2017, when he was being considered for the role of presidential science advisor, Happer emailed a Jezebel reader to say that the “demonization of CO2” “really differs little from the Nazi persecution of the Jews, the Soviet extermination of class enemies or ISIL slaughter of infidels.”
Media Matters previously reported that the physicist with no training in climate science has tried and failed to hide that the oil lobby funded his “research,” the report noted.