“After distinguished public service on the National Security Council staff for the past year, Dr. William Happer is returning to academia,” an NSC spokesman said. “We wish him well and thank him for his tireless efforts to ensure that the Trump Administration’s policies and decision-making were based on transparent and defensible science.”
Happer joined the Trump administration in September 2018 as a senior director for emerging technologies at the NSC. In that role, Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, counseled former White House national security adviser John Bolton on climate change issues and military technology.
The source familiar with Happer’s situation said he “signed up for a year on the NSC staff and his year is up on Friday.”
Happer has also argued that carbon emissions would be “beneficial” to the planet and help agriculture because plants struggled to grow with low carbon dioxide levels and greater amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere would help crops.
In an email to CNN at the time, Happer said his appearances were not endorsement of the views of others at the conference or on the radio show.
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