German Warming Movement Afraid Of Its Own Shadow – German Public Television Disinvites Skeptic Vahrenholt

Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, author along with Dr. Sebastian Lüning of the skeptic German bestseller “Die kalte Sonne” had been invited to take part in the political talk show “hart aber fair” (tough but fair) on German public television, prime time Monday evening, March 12.

That was before the show caved in and disinvited the tough-debating Vahrenholt. That’s a pity because many viewers and I were really looking forward to this show. Instead we’ll have to be content with the boring topic of “electricity, gas, and fuel are getting more and more expensive – energy supply transition at our expense” with the usual blowhard dullard politicians blasting the same hot air we’ve been hearing for years.

The global warming religion is no longer able to withstand scrutiny. That’s how weak the whole science has become. Now the lock-stepping publicly-funded media have to shield the issue from public debate. They don’t fear the climate itself – it is debate itself that they truly fear. This is not the first time Vahrenholt gets disinvited from a major event. Last month the University of Osnabrück disinvited him, saying that his claim that the climate is 50% driven by the sun is “too provocative”.

I called hart aber fair studios in Cologne to get an explanation, but all I got from these publicly funded employees was “Nobody knows…I can’t tell you why” and “Maybe  because Vahrenholt is ill and can’t make it.” and “The person who could tell you is not available”. Unfortunately, they could not give me any names.  This is all absurd, of course. Perhaps German readers will have better luck. You can call the studios at 0221 2200, ask for “hart aber fair Redaktion”.

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) published the news of the dubious disinvitation yesterday, but did not provide details as to why. The public is only left to speculate. The following are some reactions from readers:

Don Carlos writes: “Cancelled. Aha. Why am I not surprised?”

Friedrich Wildhagen writes: “They are afraid of the callers during the show. The Warmies show they are afraid. Hats off to Prof. Vahrenholt, Dr. Lüning. Job very well done!”

Alfred Casimir writes: “This report shows the insecurity that has arrived in the media. Take the disinvitation as a victory.”
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UPDATE: E-mail reply from ARD/WDR television:

Dear Mr. Gosselin,

Thanks for your interest in ‘hart aber fair’.

On the March 12, 2012 edition of ‘hart aber fair’, we will look at the topic of ‘electricity, gas, petrol are getting more and more expensive – energy transition at our expense?’ A change in the topic here is simply not the case, rather it is more of an adjustment based on editorial reasons.

The experience of many ‘hart aber fair’ editions has shown that with six participants it is not always possible to get a word in sufficiently. Moreover, there are quickly overlaps and doublings in the argumentation, which we naturally wish to avoid. In the concrete case this would likely have happened with Roland Tichy and Prof. Vahrenholt. Therefore we decided to reduce the number of participants to five guests, contradictory to the original plan.

You see: The preparation of a current talkshow like ‘hart aber fair’ is a constant development process which, for various reasons, can lead to topic changes and changes in the participants even right before the show begins.

We would be pleased if you tuned in on Monday to follow the discussion even without Prof. Vahrenholt.

Best regards,
Matthias Radner
Producer
‘hart aber fair’ (ARD/WDR)”

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What I read from this is that they decided to make the show totally boring by presenting the same stale and moldy bread that everyone is sick of being served. Vahrenholt is the only one among them with a best-selling book with fresh new issues. Don’t bother watching. We’ve seen this crap dozens of times already.

 

15 responses to “German Warming Movement Afraid Of Its Own Shadow – German Public Television Disinvites Skeptic Vahrenholt”

  1. Alex

    But it’s bettter than if they were living in the Soviet Union. There, Vahrenhol and Lüning would have been taken to a gulag, or shot. Here they just have been disinvited, up to now…………

  2. DirkH

    Pure DDR style propaganda. I see they’ll have Röttgen there (federal minister for environment; archwarmist and eco); probably he didn’t want to talk to a dissident.

  3. Jean Bosseler

    I sent the following to ARD hart-aber-fair:
    Topic: Montag
    copy/paste:
    ‘Wo ist Professor Fritz Vahrenholt?

    Von Schellnhuber und Rahmstorf ausgeladen?

    Jean Bosseler’

    I will forward the response if there is one to you.

    Regards

  4. Casper

    I’m sorry for speaking in German, but I have to announce that message!

    Genossen,
    Die Vertretern der polnischen Regierung haben das Veto zur Reduktion von Treibhausgasen in Brüssel eingereicht. Die Polen sind gegen die Reduktion von 25 % im Jahre 2020 sowie 80 % im Jahre 2050, bevor man allgemeingültige Reduktion im Jahre 2015 für die ganze Welt festlegt. Der Regierung zufolge es kann nicht sein, dass der Rest der Welt ohne Einschränkungen das CO2 in die Atmosphäre pustet, während wir Europäer die Kosten tragen müssen.

    Link:
    http://biznes.onet.pl/polska-zawetowala-unijny-plan-walki-ze-zmianami-kl,18567,5052663,1,news-detal
    http://wyborcza.biz/biznes/1,100896,11311082,Polska_zawetowala_decyzje_UE_w_sprawie_walki_z_globalnym.html

    1. Jean Bosseler

      Danke allen Polen und der Republik Polen!

    2. DirkH

      SPLENDID news. Casper says Poland vetos the CO2 reduction roadmap of the EU.
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-09/poland-blocks-eu-political-statement-on-co2-reduction-goals.html

  5. DirkH

    CO2 makes you fat, say Danish boffins. Already April 1st????
    http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v2/n3/full/nutd20122a.html#bib20

  6. Bernd Felsche

    ARD/WDR want to avoid repetition and duplication by dis-inviting Vahrenholt?

    Really?? So why the same rhetoric from everybody else? The piling up of tall stories; like children in a dark room trying to frighten each other.

    More likely Norbert Röttgen, Bärbel Höhn, etc will be seen again to be signing from the same hymn-sheet; instead of revealing the vacuity of their “arguments” in a debate with somebody interested in facts and reality. ISTM that certain “minders” would have contacted the show’s producers and made it clear that their children wouldn’t come out to play if Vahrenholt were present.

    1. Bernd Felsche

      That should be “singing from the same hymn-sheet”.

      Lysdexia lures.

  7. Rudolf Kipp

    The reason the WDR has given for the dis-invitation is pure bullshit. There are by far more overlaps between the other four invited guests.

    In fact, Vahrenholt and Tichy have more or less completely opposite standpoints. Tichy thinks that the assessment of the IPCC is more or less correct, while he thinks the funding of “renewables” through the EEG is the wrong way. Vahrenholt finds that the IPCC is exaggerating the role of CO2, but thinks “renewable energies” are the right thing to do, anyway. That would have been a really good base for an interesting debate.

    (Btw, I have written a letter to the “hart aber fair” team, which i have also published here.)

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