Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Truth about Greenhouse Gases

Photo: Princeton University
William Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He is a member of the (Global Warming Policy Foundation) GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council. In February 2009 Happer testified before Congress, "I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind", for among other reasons because of its beneficial effects on plant growth. Along with other notables, Happer led[6] the 2009 petition [7] to the American Physical Society to change its position statement on climate change.

His latest publication is called the truth about Greenhouse Gases. (pdf here)

GWPF's Dr Benny Peiser reports:
London, 17 August - The Global Warming Policy Foundation today publishes an outstanding briefing paper by the distinguished physicist Professor William Happer of Princeton University (USA).

In his paper The Truth About Greenhouse Gases, Professor Happer criticises the misguided scare-mongering about CO2 emissions as well as the habitual exaggeration of the likely impact and risks posed by global warming. He particularly laments the co-option of climate science by governments.

Happer discusses what he calls the "contemporary moral epidemic" of climate alarmism: the notion that increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide, will have disastrous consequences for mankind and for the planet and advocates a sober and balanced assessment based on empirical observations, not computer models.

"CO2 does indeed cause some warming of our planet. Other things being equal, more CO2 will cause more warming. The question is how much warming, and whether the increased CO2 and the warming it causes will be good or bad for the planet," Happer writes.

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