A video of the climate change denier who now heads President Donald Trump’s climate change study group comparing the “demonization” of carbon dioxide to the “demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” has resurfaced after a New York Times article on Monday included his disturbing remarks.
“However, the goal of political appointees in the Trump administration is not just to change the climate assessment’s methodology, which has broad scientific consensus, but also to question its conclusions by creating a new climate review panel,” The New York Times reports. “That effort is led by a 79-year-old physicist who had a respected career at Princeton but has become better known in recent years for attacking the science of man-made climate change and for defending the virtues of carbon dioxide — sometimes to an awkward degree.”
“The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,” said the physicist, William Happer, who serves on the National Security Council as the president’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies.
Here’s the video of Happer’s 2014 remarks, which was re-posted earlier this year by Media Matters for America’s news director, John Whitehouse. In it, Happer also tells CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin to “shut up.”
William Happer is set to lead a Trump panel on climate change: https://t.co/KNJKpO4A4t
Happer has previously argued that “the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” pic.twitter.com/RzI4794altADVERTISEMENT
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) February 20, 2019
Vox co-founder and editor Matthew Yglesias retweeted the video Monday evening, saying, “That quote sounds bad, but when you listen to it in full context it’s actually worse than it sounds.”
That quote sounds bad, but when you listen to it in full context it’s actually worse than it sounds. https://t.co/P7sdhCYEEfADVERTISEMENT
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 28, 2019
The New York Times article is also disturbing. You can read it in full here.
Wayfair staff strike over migrant centers contract
Employees of American online furniture store Wayfair staged a walkout Wednesday to protest against the company's agreement to supply beds to detention centers for migrant children at the US-Mexico border.
Wayfair employees in Boston oppose a $200,000 contract the company signed with President Donald Trump's administration, saying they did not want the company to "profit" from the migrant crisis at the border.
"Knowing what's going on at the southern border and knowing that Wayfair has the potential to profit from it is pretty scary," said Elizabeth Good, a manager on the company's engineering team and one of the protest organizers.
Bosnian arrested over 2015 Paris Bataclan attacks: German police
German authorities said Thursday they had arrested a Bosnian man wanted in connection with the 2015 Paris attacks and are preparing his extradition to Belgium.
The German federal police office and Dresden prosecutors said in a joint statement that the 39-year-old suspect was picked up on the night of June 19-20 on a European arrest warrant issued by the Belgian authorities.
He is accused "of abetting a terrorist organization linked to the terror attacks, including on the Bataclan concert hall, on November 13, 2015 in Paris".
The German authorities said that he had been targeted in a separate investigation against two Bosnian citizens on suspicion of violating a military weapons control law.
Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’
Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.
Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.
"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."