Al Gore: ‘Science must not intrude on policy’ 3

From the minority page of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public works

 Link to Full Printable PDF Report of More Than 650 Dissenting Scientists  

WASHINGTON, DC – Award winning Princeton University Physicist Dr. Will Happer, who was reportedly fired by former Vice President Al Gore in 1993 for failing to adhere to Gore’s scientific views, has now declared man-made global warming fears “mistaken.”

“I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken,” Happer, who has published over 200 scientific papers, told EPW on December 22, 2008. Happer made his remarks while requesting to join the 2008 U.S. Senate Minority Report from Environment and Public Works Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) of over 650 (and growing) dissenting international scientists disputing anthropogenic climate fears. [Note: Joining Happer as new additions to the Senate report, are at least 10 more scientists, including meteorologists from Germany, Netherlands and CNN, as well as a professors from MIT and University of Arizona.  See below for full quotes and bios of the new skeptical scientists added to the groundbreaking report, which includes many current and former UN IPCC scientists.]  

“I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism. I did not need the job that badly,” Happer said this week. Happer is a Professor at the Department of Physics at Princeton University and former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy from 1990 to 1993, has published over 200 scientific papers, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.   

Senator Inhofe said that the continued outpouring of prominent scientists like Happer – who are willing to publicly dissent from climate fears – are yet another strike to the UN, Gore and the media’s claims about global warming. “The endless claims of a ‘consensus’ about man-made global warming grow less-and-less credible every day," Inhofe said.

Happer, who served as the Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy in 1993, says he was fired by Gore in 1993 for not going along with Gore’s scientific views on ozone and climate issues. “I was told that science is not going to intrude on policy," Happer explained in 1993. 

“I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect, for example, absorption and emission of visible and infrared radiation, and fluid flow,” Happer said this week. “Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science. The earth’s climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past,” he added.  

“Over the past 500 million years since the Cambrian, when fossils of multicellular life first became abundant, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been much higher than current levels, about 3 times higher on average.  Life on earth flourished with these higher levels of carbon dioxide,” he explained. “Computer models used to generate frightening scenarios from increasing levels of carbon dioxide have scant credibility,” Happer added.

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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  • roger in florida

    So someone who disagrees with Al Gore has no credibility?
    Despite the fact that Dr Happer is an expert in the field and Gore has no scientific credentials whatsoever, and worse than that is a grandstanding BS merchant politician who just happens to be pushing a point of view that would provide him with power and profit, nothing suspicious there!

    As to climate change; the only certain thing is that the climate is changing, has always changed and will continue to change, and we might want to research this without bias. If man is causing the changes then we should react in a responsible manner, if as is more likely (to the point of near certainty), Earths climate is largely driven by events on the sun, we should do what we can to alleviate the effects. What is sure is that handing over more power to eco fascists and watermelon types is a recipe for disaster.

  • Brian

    I must point out that the headline on this piece is misleading. The entry quotes a man allegedly fired by Gore quoting Gore. The quoter is hardly an objective party, and in any event the use of quote marks is inappropriate. As to the core argument, I’m not sure who is right and who is wrong about climate change. But I know for certain in which direction we should err.

  • roger in florida

    You have to wonder how Al Gore has any credibility at all. “Science is not going to intrude on policy”. How very enlightened. But what can you expect from a failed divinity student, Al Gore couldn’t even get a passing grade in BS101.