The Shmooze

CO2 and the Jews — Both Victims?

By Gabe Friedman

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What does carbon dioxide have in common with the persecuted Jews of Nazi Germany?

Plenty, at least according to Princeton University physics Prof. William Happer.

On CNBC’s July 14 edition of Squawk Box, a morning news and business segment, Happer said: “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.”

The bizarre comparison came in a discussion about climate change, which Happer has denied in the past. He was a featured guest “expert” on the subject, even though he has never published peer-reviewed research on climate change

Happer also complained that he has been vilified for his unorthodox views and compared himself to Galileo, whose round-earth theory was slammed by the establishment of his day.

Jon Stewart featured Happer’s quote in his “Moment of Zen” segment on Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Show.


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