Princeton University Professor William Happer appeared on CNN on Earth Day likened the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler before World War II.
Happer, a physics professor and supporter of President Trump, said the Paris agreement should be canceled and called it “a silly thing.” He then compared it to “the Munich agreements that Chamberlain signed.”
Fellow panelist Bill Nye, who had objected to Happer’s presence on the segment, raised his eyebrows, shook his head and said “Wow.” Nye had said it was wrong to give a climate change denier a platform on Earth Day.
CNN’s Victor Blackwell asked for clarification from Happer. “I just wanted to make sure that you are comparing the Paris Agreement to the appeasement policy? How so? How is this comparable to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler? How is that an appropriate comparison?”
Happer said it was an appropriate comparison because it was a treaty that was not going to do any good.
This treaty also will not do any good,” Happer claimed. “Even if you take the alarmist computer models the effects on the earth’s climate are trivial. It will not make any difference, and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
The scientific consensus is that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming, and that it is extremely likely that this warming is predominantly caused by humans. Happer has previously said that carbon dioxide is demonized, and is a benefit to the world.
As Happer spoke on CNN, thousands of people gathered in cities around the world for the March for Science, a celebration that highlighted the essential role that science plays in the world and the importance of evidence-based research.