Climate Change In Germany Has Become “A Loser Topic”

I couldn’t help but to relish the story that follows.

The German European Institute For Climate and Environment (EIKE) brings our attention to a report by the publicly funded NDR German television news show Panorama concerning the state of climate science and politics today in Germany. If you’re a climate activist, things just couldn’t be worse.


NDR Panorama report on Germany”s mood with regards to climate change (in German).

In summary the topic of climate change in Germany has gone far beyond its shelf-life. It is used up and no longer draws a bit of interest from the public. As the clip shows, the German public has grown tired of the constant barrage of climate alarmism, and is now über-bored by it. Editors have since taken climate news off the front pages. The public doesn’t want to hear it anymore, editors fret.

At 0:36 of the clip, normal citizens are asked about climate change. The reaction:  they couldn’t care less about it. Indeed some even say warmer is better. Climate change? No worries at all!

The depth of public apathy has left climate activists and experts like Professor doom & gloom Hans Joachim Schellnhuber frustrated, depressed and resigned. Schellnhuber at the 1:39 mark:

Just a few years ago it was so that when a meteorological extreme occurred, the phones would be ringing off the hook. Today hardly anyone calls; climate change has quasi become taboo.

Nobody wants to talk about it. And after the disaster that was Copenhagen, neither do the political leaders. In Schellnhuber’s view, the optimism in achieving a climate treaty is gone. That was clearly visible at the recent UN Climate Conference in Bonn. Says Karsten Sach, leader of the German negotiating delegation:

Everyone knows we’ve reached a dead-end.

The media has lost interest in reporting on the constant failure by policymakers. At the 3.56 mark, accompanied by gloomy music, a chart shows how the number of reports on climate change appearing in three major centre-left newspapers has dwindled. The hype is over. The public is fatigued, fed up, and disinterested.

Editor Dagmar Dehmer of Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel says somberly:

Editors know the topic is important, but it’s not topic no. 1 at the moment. Climate is no longer on the front pages, and is not viewed as an earth-moving topic.

The video clip then moves to a car-tuning meet, where one auto-tuning enthusiast says:

Nobody cares about it.

And what about Chancellor Angela Merkel? Climate change has become a thorn in her side. She associates the issue with failure and hopelessness. Says Tagesspiegel editor Dagmar Dehmer at the 5:38 mark:

Climate change has become a loser topic. And Angela Merkel wants nothing to do with it.

Yet, Merkel’s minister of environment insists that climate change is an important topic for the future.

For the future, yes.  But not for today. The report ends with relaxed vacationers chuckling when asked by the journalists about the threats of climate change.

16 responses to “Climate Change In Germany Has Become “A Loser Topic””

  1. John Blake

    Ten years on, AGW aka “climate change” will have become no laughing matter. For decades now, a collusive Green Gang of peculating Luddite sociopaths (Ehrlich, Holdren, Farnish-Hansen come to mind) has willfully sabotaged global energy economies, blocking coal, oil, and nuclear development in favor of extraordinarily costly and disruptive “alternative sources” consciously designed to bankrupt polities, tip post-Enlightenment cultures back to pre-industrial times.

    As a 20-year Dalton if not a 70-year Maunder Minimum accrues from c. AD 2010, and implications of Warmists’ decades-long betrayal of crucial public trust sink in, the mass reaction to these cheats and liars will make post-WWII de-Nazification look like childs’ play.

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  3. Edward.

    You know PG, that is the best news we’ve had in weeks, in the UK it is a constant bombardment of ‘shock horror’ stories of and I quote; clearly AGW induced climate disasters.

    The MSM, lead by the Global warming TV aka the BBC is on the case 24/7, the disaster in Pakistan (a former colony) and the ongoing situation in Russia, sad though they are, the link to AGW is a vile insinuation but why let the truth interfere with the ‘message’ – eh?

    If the Germans are fed up/sceptic, then the great EU AGW bandwagon is about to lose most of its wheels and also its engine too, glad tidings indeed.

    Wonder how they will resurrect this in the Fatherland?
    Or is it mortally wounded?
    And will our idiot politicians ‘get the message’ in Britain, as we are embarking on the same lunatic failed energy policies, which have openly crashed and burned spectacularly, in both Germany and Spain.
    What will it take????

    Reply: Glad to hear I could cheer you up! And it looks like another cold winter is coming Europe’s way. It’s awfully hard to take GW seriously when shovelling snow. -PG

    1. Edward.

      Getting a bit old to enjoy cold winters, so a ‘double edged sword’ PG, all the signs are coming into alignment for a cold winter.

      ANTI -Cyclonic conditions = bad for wind turbines….maybe the (UK) government will ‘get it’!
      I have some new boots and new very warm coat, I read this blog and Joe Bastardi as well…….so I am prepared – ‘forewarned is forearmed’!

      Great work PG – thank you, Merci, Danke.

  4. Richard C

    But (to paraphrase), Climate Change In New Zealand Has Just Become “A Hot Topic”.

    “The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition said it had lodged papers with the High Court asking the court to invalidate the official temperatures record of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).”

    That from a report of the stoush developing linked here:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4026553/Court-challenge-to-Niwa-climate-records

    Details of NZ Climate Science Coalition High Court action against NIWA:-

    Background to our application for judicial review

    Our Statement of Claim against NIWA

    Dynamite changes to raw readings

    High Court asked to veto NIWA graph

    All here: http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/

    This development apparently, is a symptom of the CURSE OF DELINGPOLE.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100050537/ccx-lay-offs-youd-need-a-heart-of-stone-not-to-laugh/

    At the end of the November 09 Climategate blog mentioned in “CCX lay offs….”,
    James Delingpole made the statement “Let the Court cases begin”.

  5. DirkH

    Great news; mainly that Merkel distances herself from the agenda.

    And i’m so glad i threw out my TV set 10 years ago; the low standard of reporting by Panorama – catch a few soundbytes here and there; don’t ever bother to question the dogma itself – is there a measurable CO2-induced climate change at all ? – this low standard of reporting; this ingrained, deeply brainwashed leftist journalism is what drove me away from all German News; and it hasn’t changed an inch.

    State-run mockery of journalism. I’m so glad they’re losing.

    Reply: that kind of journalism is not confined to Germany, unfortunately. But it’s fun to watch them pout about the public’s lack of interest. – PG

  6. Alan F

    After the coolest spring and still within what is supposed to be summer, the valleys’ trees have begun to change in Saskatchewan Canada a month too soon. All that squawking about record highs yet not one talking about the concurrent record lows (using their same metric for claiming record highs of course, we can’t know with any accuracy that 200 years ago this day was even cooler) all over the globe leaves little room for doubt, those prostituting AGW have bedmates within big media. Mind you, as journalism students used to be failed writers the past decade has seen many failed activists finding that job fulfilling their need for both an income and a soapbox(or pulpit in this case). Take that into mind and reevaluate your national media where ever you are and share with me an “Ah-ha!” moment.

    I blame the British and Americans as cross contamination from “reality” TV has made the human reaction to publicity of any type grandiose.

  7. David Spurgeon

    It has always been held to be the case that the polar indicators for temperature are a global guide to whether warming is a fact or not.

    The current temperatures at 80 degrees north are the lowest recorded at this time of the year since 1952.

    Check it out:
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

    Reply: I’ve been watching this too. Maybe it’s just a cool summer up there. But we’re always told by the warmists that the Arctic is the canary in the coal mine. Hopefully it’s not a real sign that we’re headed for a little ice age. It’s way too early say. -PG

  8. bubbagyro

    How many more. though, will die because of starvation and cold in the next decades because of these clowns? How many birds and bats will be killed by the windmills?

    Sancho Panza must be saying “I told you so” from his fictional grave.

  9. R. de Haan

    More good news:
    Britain puts decarbonisation on hold
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/16/britain-puts-decarbonisation-on-hold/

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