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President Donald Trump selected William Happer, Ph.D., an award-winning physicist and the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics, emeritus, at Princeton University, to run the National Security Council’s (NSC) Office for Emerging Technologies.
Happer, a prominent climate realist, was awarded the Frederick Seitz Memorial Award at The Heartland Institute’s 10th International Climate Change Conference in 2015.
Recently, Happer was the lead author of a brief filed as part of a tutorial on climate science requested by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in a case filed by Oakland and San Francisco against five major oil companies to get them to pay for damages the cities claimed would come from climate change purportedly caused by fossil fuel emissions. Happer and the other scientists involved explained although climate science is fraught with uncertainties, the best available evidence suggests humans aren’t causing catastrophic climate change and carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but instead is beneficial for life on earth.
Of his work at the Office of Emerging Technologies, Happer told E&E News “he would do his best to ensure that federal policy decisions ‘are based on sound science and technology.’”