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Why Climate Change Is NOT an Emergency

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lewis Library
Bowl 138

Moderators: Alex Zarechnak ’68, principal officer, emeritus, MPR Associates, and Richard Golden ’91, TMF Manager, inSeption Group. Panelists: William Happer *64, Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics, emeritus; Bruce Everett ’69, former professor at Tufts University and Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace.

Please join three nationally known experts on the physics, the environment and economics related to climate change for a dose of rational optimism. The event will be livestreamed: https://mediacentrallive.princeton.edu/events/2023/why-climate-change-not-emergency

Sponsored by the Conservative Princeton Association


Bruce Everett ’69
former professor at Tufts University and Georgetown School of Foreign Service

William Happer *64
Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics, emeritus

Patrick Moore
Co-founder of Greenpeace

Bruce Everett ’69
Bruce M. Everett is a specialist in global oil markets and international energy and environmental policy. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and MA, MALD and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.  

After starting his career in the International Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies between 1974 and 1980, he served as an executive for the ExxonMobil Corporation with assignments in strategic planning, business development in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, coal mining, electric power operations in Hong Kong, government affairs, and the commercialization of advanced gas to liquids technology.  

Following his retirement from ExxonMobil, he taught energy economics for 17 years at the Fletcher School and for 10 years at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CO2 Coalition.

William Happer *64
William Happer, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, began his professional career in the Physics Department of Columbia University in 1964, where he served as Director of the Columbia Radiation Laboratory from 1976 to 1979. He joined the Physics Department of Princeton University in 1980. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of JASON. He served as Director of Energy Research in the U.S. Department of Energy from 1991 to 1993, and he served as Senior Director of Emerging Technologies and Deputy Assistant to the President at the National Security Council from 2018 to 2019.  He was a co-founder in 1994 of Magnetic Imaging Technologies Incorporated (MITI), a small company specializing in the use of laser-polarized noble gases for magnetic resonance imaging. He invented the sodium guidestar that is used in astronomical adaptive optics systems to correct for the degrading effects of atmospheric turbulence on imaging resolution. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. 

Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for more than 45 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction for 15 years while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of the British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 – 1994. In 1990, Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change. As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC from 1991 – 2002, he led the process of developing the “Principles of Sustainable Forestry” which were adopted by a majority of the industry. In 2000, Moore published Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems. In 2000, Moore published Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout – The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, which documents his 15 years with Greenpeace and outlines his vision for a  sustainable future.

In 2013, Moore, with his brother Michael and other family members, founded the Allow Golden Rice Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeing Golden Rice approved for commercial agriculture. 250 million children, mainly in the tropical countries, are deficient in vitamin A and as a result up to 2 million die each year. 

In 2015, Moore joined the founding meeting of the CO2 Coalition in Washington DC, chaired by William Happer, and was appointed a founding director of the organization with the aim of educating on the benefits of carbon dioxide for life on Earth. In April 2019, Dr. Moore was elected Chairman of the Board of the CO2 Coalition, and now serves as a director.

In 2021, Moore published “Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom” exposing the fake news and fake science around 11 claims of disaster including climate change, coral reefs, polar bears, plastic, nuclear energy, and more.

Moore is an independent ecologist/environmentalist with Ecosense Environmental Inc.


May 27
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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