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Princeton's William Happer Explains Climate Realities

James M. Taylor –
May 23, 2011

William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University, has just published an excellent summary of the important issues regarding human carbon dioxide emissions and climate change. Happer, an avid environmentalist, explains why atmospheric carbon dioxide benefits global plant life and is not posing a significant threat of climate catastrophe.

Happer’s 4,400 word essay (the equivalent of a five-page article in Environment & Climate News), published in the June/July 2011 issue of First Things, is a must read for anybody interested in the global warming debate. The essay clearly and authoritatively summarizes the scientific questions, terms of debate, and political angles of the global warming debate.

Happer’s scientific credentials, moreover, are impeccable. While alarmists and their media allies spread the myth that skepticism of alarmist global warming predictions are confined to a small number of corrupt, ill-informed scientific hacks, Happer’s essay is a reminder that skeptics abound on the faculty and staff at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, NASA, NOAA, etc.

Please take the time to read Happer's essay and send it along to others interested in the global warming debate.