04.12.2019

Climate review to be led by nuclear weapons expert

Climatewire, March 28). Those involved in the preliminary discussions about setting up the panel cautioned that it could change, depending on the priorities of the White House. Before he was appointed to the National Security Council, Happer headed the CO2 Coalition, a group that promotes the benefits of carbon dioxide. It’s funded in part by the Mercer family, a major Trump donor. The CO2 Coalition promotes the notion that the world needs more carbon dioxide to help plants grow. Happer began approaching outside researchers not long after he arrived at the White House for the climate science review, according to sources who participated in the talks. Robinson, who did not respond to requests for comment, is not a familiar face in Washington’s political battles over climate policy. In recent years, his public comments have centered on concerns that the world is moving toward another Cold War as weapons of mass destruction become more destructive and portable. In 2008 testimony before Congress, he said the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile must remain a cornerstone of its defense strategy. “The proven formula of deterrence for preserving the peace remains our best near-term hope,” Robinson said, according to prepared testimony. “While all human beings can wish for a time in which the threat of nuclear weapons for deterring aggression would no longer be required, or for a time in which nations would no longer stockpile weapons for aggression at all; but to achieve these would require fundamental changes in the nature of mankind.” Robinson has been employed in the energy sector, as well. He is listed as the vice chairman of the board of Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC, which manufactures small, modular nuclear reactors. The company was invited by DOE officials during the Obama administration to make a presentation during the Paris climate talks in 2015. In addition to his work with nuclear weapons, Robinson served on the Strategic Advisory Group for the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. He served on a NASA advisory council during the George W. Bush administration, when it was chaired by Harrison Schmitt, a former Apollo astronaut who rejects climate science. Schmitt is on the board of directors for the CO2 Coalition.   This article appeared on the Energy & Environment News website at https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060154767]]>

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