Anthropogenic global warming skepticism, not taken seriously in Germany until recently, has now got the warmists in a state of panic, despair and even deeper irrationality.
Warmists Vlad Georgescu and Marita Vollborn have written an essay at German public radio called: Climate Change? No Thanks! It focuses on the growing wave of skepticism now sweeping across Germany, all sparked by Fritz Vahrenholt’s and Sebastian Lüning’s skeptic book Die kalte Sonne (see right side bar). Georgescu and Vollborn write:
It is a dangerous comeback. Not even a year has passed since 7 of Germany’s atomic power reactors have been taken offline, and book publishers and the media have now found a new issue: man-made climate change is a fake.”
Both Georgescu and Vollborn claim that publishers, using hefty advertising budgets and “brute force”, are ramming books of this kind onto the bestseller lists against the mainstream. Georgescu and Vollborn are clearly perturbed and add:
Book publishers are whipping up this trend because provocative issues promise fat profits in times of falling sales. The publishing comeback of the climate change opponents would be negligible were it not for the simultaneous ongoing energy-political decisions that have serious consequences.”
Here one can assume with reasonable certainty that the two authors are taking aim at Hoffmann & Campe, the publisher of Die kalte Sonne, and Axel Springer, a powerful media group that runs the leading dailies that recently featured articles such as the now infamous “The CO2 Lies“ and others.
In addition to Vahrenholt’s bestselling book, the two authors bemoan that the German government at the same time has drastically cut back solar energy subsidies, and call the move “an energy-political catastrophe.” Never mind what the subsidies have cost consumers.
The two true-beliver authors are convinced that alternatives are the way to go in the future and pose the question: “Are we too dumb to take advantage of these opportunities?” To which they answer “yes” because “we’re blind to the interdependencies between politics and energy corporations, or the lack of will to stop them.”
At the end of the essay, the two sobbing authors blame the miserable state of the global warming movement on the energy companies and Big Oil. In the end the two authors incite activists and protesters to act up and occupy.
Vahrenholt on Phoenix TV: “High time the discussion gets opened up”
To their credit, producers at Phoenix television featured a 34-minute long interview with Vahrenholt. The interview will be rebroadcast a third time this afternoon.
During the talkshow “im Dialog“, moderator Alfred Schier already early in the interview confirms Germany’s growing skepticism: “There have always been skeptics in Germany, but they were never really taken very seriously. That has changed since you’ve joined their side.”
In the show Vahrenholt pretty much said what he’s been saying for weeks now – the IPCC is overstating CO2’s contribution to warming, and he backs it up with facts that no one has refuted so far. At the 7-minute mark Vahrenholt reminds the audience that it is not only himself who doubts the IPCC, “but also hundreds of scientists”.
At the 9:30 mark Vahrenholt then says that Germany “has reached a point where it is no longer allowed to think new ideas” and that people who disagree with AGW get no support of any kind. “It’s high time the discussion gets opened up,” Vahrenholt says, and adds that his book was written to give skeptic scientists a platform which they have long been denied.
The interview then goes into the details of the historical temperature curve where Vahrenholt explains the oceanic and solar impacts that are at play, but which up to now have been ignored by the IPCC. Vahrenholt says that there needs to be an explanation on why there has not been any warming in 14 years.
At the 18:30 mark, Schier brings up Mojib Latif, one of Vahrenholt’s harshest critics. Vahrenholt said he’s somewhat disappointed how a renowned scientist like Latif can make an X look like a U before the German public. Vahrenholt then explained the workings of the stratosphere and that these were things Latif should know. Vahrenholt summed up: “Latif warned 10 years ago that school children in Germany would not know what a snowman was” and then reversed course 5 years later by claiming “that it would get colder”. On that point Vahrenholt agreed. He then added:
What particularly irritated me was that he discussed the book without bothering to read it. That’s just not the way to have a discussion. I read all his publications. This is just something you simply expect a scientist to do.”
Vahrenholt later in the interview claimed that the IPCC has created a climate of fear in Germany – so much so that the country, which gets about as much sunshine as Alaska, went through all the trouble of installing half of the world’s solar power capacity at an enormous cost. Indeed Today Germany is in such a state of irrational panic that it seems ready to commit economic suicide in order to save itself from a computer-modelled climate catastrophe fantasy.
At the 29:30 mark Schier again confirms that skepticism has been unleashed in Germany:
With your book you have turned the perception of climate change on its head, a bestseller against the mainstream.”
Vahrenholt then later says: “In a society there always needs to be someone to provide for movement. In the end, I think society benefits from it.”
At the 32:30 mark Vahrenholt says about the IPCC:
I’m afraid that with the next report, the 5th report, the IPCC will not come to their senses. In the draft it does not look good, the sun doesn’t get the right to be a factor. But in the end, reality will decide whether the IPCC and Germany’s biggest warming proponents bare correct. […] What’s nice today is that with the internet, it’s forever. In 10 years we’ll be able to look back at everything that is said today and see who was right.”
Schier ended the interview by saying that they would meet again in the year 2020 “im Dialog” to see who is right: the IPCC or Vahrenholt. My bet is not on the IPCC.
German readers will also want to see another worthwhile video on ntv: