Friday, September 07, 2018

The Newest Member Of Trump’s National Security Team Will Freak Out Alarmists


The Trump administration has brought on Princeton University physicist William Happer to serve as a national security adviser, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

National Security Council (NSC) officials confirmed to TheDCNF Happer would be joining their team as the senior director for emerging technologies, but did not say if Happer had already begun working.

A source familiar with the matter said Happer started his NSC role on Tuesday. The NSC is headed by former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

Happer, an atomic physicist and prominent global warming skeptic, joins the national security team after more than a year of speculation the White House would bring him on as a science adviser, including as head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Happer interviewed with then President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017, not long before Inauguration Day.

Happer said in an interview last year that Trump agreed with his assessment that alarmism over man-made global warming had become a “cult.”

“Climate is important, always has been, but I think it’s become sort of a cult movement in the last five or 10 years,” Happer said in 2017.

“So in just a sentence or two, I said, ‘That’s my view of it,’” Happer said of Trump’s response. “And he said, Well, I agree with you. But that’s all we discussed.”

Happer is considered a skeptic of the theory that greenhouse gas emissions will lead to catastrophic global warming. On the contrary, Happer believes more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a good thing since it stimulates plant life.

He has said the world is in a CO2 “drought” and fought the Obama administration’s labeling it as a “pollutant.”

CNN reported on Tuesday that Trump would appoint Happer as the NSC’s senior director for emerging technologies, but that report did not say whether or not Happer had already joined the NSC.

Happer helped develop “adaptive optics,” which is “technology that helps eliminate distortion and fuzziness when using telescopes, microscopes or other imaging systems, breakthroughs that drew interest for their military applications,” CNN reported.

Happer also served as the director of the Office of Energy Research at the Energy Department under former President George H.W. Bush.


Trump’s newest hire thinks climate science is like Nazi propaganda

And he is right about that.  It's a prime example of the Nazi slogan: "Tell a big enough lie often enough and people will believe it"

The screed below from professional Warmist Joe Romm offers no argument that references Nazism -- as I just did. He does not consider the comparison. He just resorts to the old argument of desperation:  "But this is absurd".

So Bastasch in his article above was a true prophet.  The appointment DID freak out the Warmists.  See below

I have reproduced below only Romm's opening blast.  The rest of his article consists of showing that Warmists disagree with Happer on various things.  Warmism may be Gospel to Romm but skeptics find many holes in it -- so quoting fellow Warmists is convincing only to those who are already believers.  It will convince no-one else

But I can't leave alone one outright falsehood in Romm's article.  He's such a non-scientist that he probably doesn't even know it is a falsehood.  Romm says:

"Yes, more CO2 can help plants grow — if they also get more water and other nutrients".

Enough remains of my long-lost Botany studies to know exactly why that is the reverse of the truth.  What happens under high CO2 conditions is that the plants get their "fix" of CO2 more quickly and so can close the stomata (tiny holes) on their leaves more quickly.  So they lose moisture through open stomata less.  So they can actually get by with LESS water under high CO2 conditions -- quite the opposite of needing more.  But don't take my rough explanation for it.  Check it up in any botany textbook -- probably under "transpiration" or "stomata"

Romm probably thought the relationship between CO2 uptake and water uptake was obvious but science is full of non-obvious truths.  Romm has degrees but no academic publications

President Donald Trump just appointed William Happer for the key job of “senior director for emerging technologies” at the National Security Council.

But Happer literally believes that more carbon pollution “would be a benefit” to humanity, as he wrote in a widely mocked 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “In Defense of Carbon Dioxide.”

So much for finding someone who understands that perhaps the most crucial emerging technologies for the security of America and all of humanity involve reducing carbon pollution. Sadly this continues the trend of this administration ceding the biggest job creating sector of the next few decades — clean energy — to the Chinese and Europeans, who are betting tens of billions of dollars on it.

Happer, a Princeton theoretical physicist is one of the most extreme climate science deniers, and someone who directly compared the overwhelming scientific consensus that carbon dioxide causes global warming to Nazi “propaganda.”

“This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda,” Happer told The Daily Princetonian in 2009. “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.”

In 2014, he told CNBC, “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”


Trump effect prompts UN’s new climate tipping point: ‘Time Is Running Out To Save The —- Paris Agreement’

President Donald Trump may be presiding over the disintegration of the UN Paris climate pact. President Trump’s decision in 2017 to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris pact set a global example and it may have led to the agreement potentially teetering on the brink of its own survival.

AFP reported on September 4, 2018: “Time is running out to save the Paris Agreement, UN climate experts warned Tuesday at a key Bangkok meeting, as rich nations were accused of shirking their responsibility for environmental damage. If nations cannot reach an agreement by a December summit in Poland—known as COP24—the Paris Agreement, carved out in 2015, will be at risk. Money is at the heart of issue.”

It now seems that the latest UN climate “tipping point” is not about alleged dire man-made climate change impacts, but about saving the UN’s proposed “solution” to climate change!

Since Trump clexit (climate exit from the UN Paris agreement) in 2017, many other countries have flirted with following suit on some level.


Four Weeks Left Until The Maldives Drown

On September 26, 1988, climate experts said all 1,196 Maldives Islands would drown in 30 years. That is only four weeks away.

So far, they are batting 0.000 with their forecast.  This is what the Maldives looks like this morning.

In 1997, the President of the Maldives pleaded for help. He said Island countries were about to disappear under the seas.

Ten years ago, The Guardian said the Maldives were packing up and moving out.

Now the Guardian says the Maldives is the moral leader on climate change and is adapting by taking in tens of billions of dollars of big oil money to expand their resorts to bring in millions of more tourists.

It takes moral courage to survive expanding islands.

In climate science, islands expand as the disappear under the sea.

The Guardian says if you don’t believe the Maldives will be gone in four weeks, you are evil and must be silenced.


Wild camels are an environmental problem in Australia

AN INVASIVE species is spreading across Australia at an alarming rate and baffled Aussies are running into them for the first time ever.

MORE than 1.2 million feral camels are raising havoc across Australia and they’re spreading further afield every day.

It may be a while before they’re clocked strolling along Circular Quay, but eyewitness reports from baffled farmers confirm they have been spotted unusually far south — in the southeast coastal district of Western Australia.

It is understood the nomadic desert beasts are migrating away from dry conditions in the Nullarbor and Goldfields in a desperate attempt to find food and water.

According to the latest Australia State of Environment Report (ASER), camels were introduced to Australia around 1840 and by 2008, an estimated 1 million camels were roaming the central arid lands of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland.

Despite culling efforts between 2009 and 2013, which resulted in the deaths of 160,000 camels in Central Australia using ground-based and aerial culling techniques, the population has now swelled to around 1.2 million.

That’s according to the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, which predicts the feral population is growing by 8 per cent each year.

Confused farmers have now spotted groups of camels strolling up on to their Western Australia properties for the first time ever.

One of those, Brett South, who spotted a group of eight on his farm in Beaumont, about 130km northeast of the coastal town of Esperance, said he was "blown away" when they suddenly appeared.

However, he wasn’t pleasantly surprised. "They wreck all your waterholes, they have no respect for your boundary fences and your gates," he told the ABC. "The number of pests we have up here, we don’t need to add camels to the list."

It’s a common sentiment between farmers who have been unfortunate enough to bump into the humped travellers in WA — which is now home to the largest herd of feral camels in the world.

According to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the state is now home to 45 per cent of the nation’s camels.

And, they’re not just trashing farms. The non-native mammals are also causing headaches for a number of other reasons. According to the ASER, the "major impacts" of this burgeoning camel population includes damage to native vegetation and wetlands, increased competition with native animals for food, shelter and water resources, and damage to infrastructure and road hazards.

The last federally-funded control program was the $19 million Australian Federal Camel Management Project. It supported the development of a commercial feral camel industry and contributed to a reduction of the feral camel population to around 300,000 by 2013.

A report commissioned by the Northern Territory and South Australian governments in 2016 found the harvest of wild camels could become a major industry which would be "both profitable and viable for a few years".

After this point, the report recommended the way to ensure profitability would be to boost camel farming businesses, as well as diversify meat production to include culled horses and donkeys.

"There must be a transition to farmed camels to maintain the supply of camels to market and stay profitable," the report read. "This is because there will be a vacuum effect created through the repeated removal of wild camels from current hotspot areas."

Camel meat, however, is rarely eaten in Australia, despite pushes from certain restaurants to experiment with its rich flavour. Last year, Max Mason, owner of the Henry Austin restaurant in Adelaide, announced he would be serving up true blue Aussie camel and encouraged foodies to get on-board. He said the meat "is everything you want in a steak".

"We char it on an open fire and serve it off the bone, with heirloom carrots, ice plant and macadamia cream," he said. "And we are also trialling a camel tartare, which is an even better way of getting the true camel flavour."

However, efforts to curb the growing population have been thwarted because the invasive species are able to breed in the massive swathes of unmanaged Crown land and the 800,000-hectare Dundas Nature Reserve in WA, according to the main organisation carrying out control programs on camel populations.

"This problem will just get worse and worse with weeds, camels, dogs and whatever other pests build up in the unmanaged Crown land, until there are control programs funded to deal with the problem where it lies," Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association’s chief executive Ross Wood told ABC.




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