|Dr. William Happer |
(Photo: Denise Applewhite
Princeton U Office of Communication)
Dr. Happer testified before Congress, in 2009, saying, “I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind.”
Dr. Happer says the Wall Street Journal letter is the result of a scientific examination of global warming and increasing CO2, which found “there’s more smoke than fire there,” and demonstrates that not all scientists think there’s a drastic problem that must be immediately addressed.
Dr. Happer describes climate change as happening all the time, that it’s been changing and that it has clearly warmed up over the last 200 years. But Dr. Happer insists the current warming trend started from a very cold period at the end of what has been called the “little ice age”.
“Most of the warming you hear about and most of the glacier melting was over by 1900,” says Dr. Happer.
Dr. Happer finds it hard to believe the early phase of the warming, which he says is the biggest part, was all independent of CO2 because its levels hadn’t increased much before 1900.
From the Wall Street Journal On Line
Princeton physicist William Happer argues that computer models vastly exaggerate the effects of carbon dioxide on climate and that CO2 may in fact be beneficial.