I would say yes but it’s about the true believer pathology–they are committed to a sky is falling concept so they can commit to a “solution.”
I was there for the award and the speech. It was one of the highlights of the conference.
Happer is a giant in physics, with a special interest in optics. He, like Freeman Dyson–is in the Princeton Club of Geniuses that included Einstein after he came to the US.