I’ve been seeing the name “William Happer” pop up a lot in the denialosphere over the last few weeks. Apparently this is due to Happer’s recent testimony in front of Congress on anthropogenic climate change [I couldn’t find a transcript- all the docs I do find are dated to July of 2002 when Happer presumably previously testified]. Coincidentally in the process of looking for some good energy-related blogs, I stumbled across [here] this little gem:
80ma the world was a significantly different place with respect to continental configuration and thus climate and especially sea levels- it was likely free of substantial polar ice. As I was updating my links due to AMFASR’s move, I remembered a post there a while back on a recent study on sea levels during that period. Sure enough, Kim had a nice post on the topic and a link to the Science paper (here for those without access). The authors also provided the press with a nifty little graphic illustrating why Dr. Happer either doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about or is being astoundingly dishonest:
Given that he pushes the “we’re in a CO2 famine” canard and currently chairs the Marshall Institute, I know where I’d put my money.
This touches on a point that Greenfyre made re: the whole George Will flap- what’s remarkable about this is that this is their best and brightest. These guys are their heaviest of hitters. And somehow they’re still managing to hoodwink a substantial percentage of the US population.
How is that possible?
[UPDATE: I’d forgotten, but Happer was another one of the CFC-ozone depletion “skeptics” who turned out to be climate change denialists as well. He claims to have been purged from DoE by Clinton-Gore due to this when in reality he was a political appointment from the prior administration (who are routinely replaced when the new administration takes office).]