CNBC Guest Compares Climate Change ‘Hype’ To The Holocaust (VIDEO)

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July 15, 2014 5:42 p.m.

A physics professor on Monday compared the “hype” surrounding climate change to the Holocaust on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Co-host Joe Kernen first quizzed Happer, a Princeton University professor and chairman of the Marshall Institute, on on whether money given to the Marshall Institute by Exxon Mobil created a conflict of interest.

Happer said that he’s gotten some flack from members of the scientific community, but brushed it off as not a big deal.

Co-host Andrew Sorkin then jumped into ask Happer why he “doesn’t believe in climate change at all.”

“Just a minute,” Happer responded, cutting Sorkin off. “I believe in climate change. Shut up!”

Sorkin then asked the professor about a 2009 interview with the Daily Princetonian, in which he compared labeling carbon dioxide a pollutant to Nazi propaganda.

“You know, I get called a denier. And anyone who objects to all of the hype gets called a denier. That’s supposed to make me a Holocaust denier. I’m getting tired of that,” Happer responded. “The comment I made was, 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.”

And then at the end of the interview he insisted that he hadn’t “taken a dime from Exxon.”

Watch the video via Media Matters:

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