Stephen Colbert: A Denier Is Spearheading Trump’s Climate Panel

February 23, 2019

Below, more about William Happer, tobacco shill and climate denier.


In 1989, at the same time the George C. Marshall Institute initiated its “Climate Change Policy Program,” the GMI released a report arguing that “cyclical variations in the intensity of the sun would offset any climate change associated with elevated greenhouse gases.” Although it was refuted by the IPCC, the report was used by the Bush Sr. Administration to argue for a more lenient climate change policy. [2]

The George C. Marshall Institute’s “Climate Change Policy” program started in 1989 as a “critical examination of the scientific basis for global climate change policy.” According to the Marshall Institute, a major part of the program was “communicating the findings to policy makers, the media and the public policy community.” [3]

In a 2009 essay, former Executive Director Matthew B. Crawford had this to say about his initial experience with the Marshall Institute (emphasis added):

“… certain perversities became apparent as I settled into the job. It sometimes required me to reason backward, from desired conclusion to suitable premise. The organization had taken certain positions, and there were some facts it was more fond of than others. As its figurehead, I was making arguments I didn’t fully buy myself. Further, my boss seemed intent on retraining me according to a certain cognitive style — that of the corporate world, from which he had recently come. This style demanded that I project an image of rationality but not indulge too much in actual reasoning.” [4]

Newsweek has described the George C. Marshall Institute as a “central cog in the denial machine,” and Naomi Oreskes has said that the Institute has lobbied politically to create a false perception of scientific uncertainty over the negative effects of second-hand smoke, the carcinogenic nature of tobacco smoking, the existence of acid rain, and on the evidence between CFCs and ozone depletion. [5]  [22]

Marshall Institute Shuts Down

The Marshall Institute shut down in September, 2015. William Happer told E&E News that funding from fossil fuel companies to the Marshall Institute had been cut down in recent years: [51]

“You can forget about asking money from Exxon; they send all their money to Stanford [University] or to Princeton [University] for greenwashing,” Happer said. [51]

For a really great primer on climate science do check out and bookmark  Mike MacCracken’s point by point takedown of Dr. Happer’s cracked recitation of denial talking points in testimony before congress.


7 Responses to “Stephen Colbert: A Denier Is Spearheading Trump’s Climate Panel”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Climate Denier to Head New Trump Panel Despite Once Comparing Climate Scientists to Nazis

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Finally, the US got all foxes the fossil fuel barons needed to take care of the hen houses. Well done, Tramp. You have demolished human sanity for decades.

  3. Trump doesn’t believe in Climate Change. For him it is a hoax invented by the Cinese to harm Amarican industries. America First is what Trump promised. Strangely enough Trump tries to keep his election promises. Some how peolple don’t expect this from politicians.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    The 3 Big Things That People Misunderstand About Climate Change

    David Wallace-Wells, author of the new book The Uninhabitable Earth, describes why climate change might alter our sense of time.

  5. Bryson Brown Says:

    As i recall, the GMI was also deeply involved in promoting/ defending the feasibility of Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ program…

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