The Silence Of Embarrassment

Since the gore-filled 10:10 No Pressure clip exploded onto the public scene last week, the reaction from critics, primarily the blogosphere, has been harsh and swift – so overwhelming in fact that 1010 pulled it from the Internet within just a few hours. Major backers like Sony and Kyocera have since disappeared. It was a huge embarrassment. But all of this no thanks to the mainstream media. Nowhere has the silence on this issue of using violence to shut down human dissent been more deafening than in Germany.

Other than a few blogs and discussion forums, a Google search in Germany of “1010 No Pressure” yields no critical reports by German media outlets relating to the controversy. No reports at all. Most of the search results lead to English speaking sites outside of Germany’s borders.  Except for a short uncritical blurb by Focus magazine, no German media has touched this story. They’ve buried it. Why is this so?

It’s because the German media and political classes are so very deeply involved in the green movement, and thus are now incredibly embarrassed by it.  They simply cannot afford having this spread to the German public. Awareness of the 1010 PR film would lead the public to ask serious, inconvenient questions.

New religion

Germany has become an environmenmtaly radical country, with climate protection having become its new religion,  it’s de facto raison d’etre.  Striving to be green is a very noble virtue. The established political classes and media are all deeply entrenched in the ideology, and actively purvey it daily. A green collectiveness has taken over. Former Minister of the Environment and Socialist party leader Sigmar Gabriel once distributed 6000 copies of Al Gore’s AIT to Germany’s upper secondary schools in order to indoctrinate university-bound students. Pupils are shown the movie, uncritically, yearly. Groups like the environmentalist Germanwatch regularly present world doom and gloom scenarios at schools to round out the indoctrination. Dissent, once a positive attribute in the land of poets and thinkers, is now scorned upon.

Being green means being virtuous, and so the result is a competition of who can be the greenest among political parties, and among European countries. Any consideration of the adverse economic and technical impacts this race could have has been thrown overboard. The race to be the greenest is the race to moral supremacy, i.e. the right to lecture the rest of the world on how to behave.

Dissent is not tolerated

Germany has its sceptics, but they have been vilified and severely marginalised by the well-funded scientific, political and media-establishment. Politicians and leaders who dare lift a single finger of scepticism quickly find it bitten off, and are immediately gang-mobbed. The case of Marie-Luise Dött is one example. The tactics of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Stefan Rahmstorf of the generously government-funded Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) routinely marginalise scientists who do not agree. Germany and Western Europe have once again become intolerant. Yet, their latest attempt to cover-up the intolerance has only served to expose it.

 Green has become Germany’s business model

Because of it’s faith in the green movement, Germany has invested immensely in climate protection. Even despite it’s gray and rainy climate, the country has become a leader in promoting solar energy, pouring billions in subsidising solar panels and passing aggressive energy feed-in laws. A vast array of green energy sources are heavily subsidised by the government. Billions are are now being poured into green energy infrastructure projects, like huge offshore wind parks. Europe is now getting set to implement Desertec, a massive €400-billion euro Saharan solar power generation facility, where huge corporate giants like Siemens stand to cash in big. Films like 1010 only serve to cast doubt and jeopardise already shaky public support.

Can’t afford to lose it

So with Germany so deep in Green, with everything at stake, it risks losing its very purpose, its mission, the imagined moral high ground that green promises to deliver, it’s entire bank-rolled future. Germany, like many other European countries, has put itself in a position where it simply cannot afford seeing the green movement collapse. Therefore it is doing everything possible to sustain it, and to bury anything that could threaten it.

No, 1010 must never reach public awareness. People could start thinking that the movement is run by zealots. That must never happen.

The deafening silence speaks volumes.

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19 responses to “The Silence Of Embarrassment”

  1. R. de Haan

    Same situation in the netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain…. shall I continue?
    Reply: You can if you wish, but I don’t have all afternon 🙂
    Seriously though, I don’t know much about other European countries, except that I hear it’s pretty much the same. -PG

  2. DirkH

    Businesses here – like Siemens – use the subsidies as a boost for developing technologies; politicians use the Green religion as an excuse to channel pork subsidies the way of the businesses they want to favor. It’s teachers, some journalists and some academia types who earnestly believe it. But there are blind spots on the map. The school in Braunschweig my 17 year old boy visits happens to be a very classical, non-progressive institution. Stroke of luck. I was surprised that they never bothered him with AGW or AIT.

    There are some dogmatists, but a lot of pragmatists just make do with the prevailing opinion. When it collapses, we’ll come out on top 😉

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  4. Yves Pelletier

    And I thought the province of Quebec was the worst of all!
    Because our leaders want to dissociate themselves as much as possible from Harper (Canada’s premier), they are willing to do anything to show that THEY are green. And hydro-electricity seems not to be considered green enough for them, so they subside wind turbines instead.

    Ex-Greenpeace Quebec’s representative (now at Equiterre, somewhat similar) Steven Guilbault has been pulling the strings of politicians and media for years, shaping mass thinking. He, for sure, did not mention any word about 1010 no pressure (nor did the rest of the media).

  5. Steve Koch

    In the USA we have the alarmists back pedaling, they’re in shock. I look for great things in the election less than a month away. The Republican politicians have been forced by the conservative and libertarian voters to back away from the cap and tax legislation and it has been defeated in the current session. Next session (starting in January) if the Republicans win the House (which seems probable), there will be investigations of ClimateGate and the IPCC (the idea is to discredit the IPCC).

    Currently the USA Environmental Protection Agency outsources climate science/policy to the IPCC. Our goal is to stop that next year. There is even be some Democrat support for that. In any event the House writes the federal budget so if the EPA does not comply, it risks losing its funding. If (when?) the Republicans force the EPA to stop outsourcing climate science/policy to the IPCC, that will be a huge defeat for the alarmists.

  6. Steve Koch

    BTW, do you have a popular conservative website in Germany like DrudgeReport? Drudge combines conservative political news with tabloid stories (i.e. stories that are not very deep but are interesting to the general public (eg: a link showing a frog eating a bird)). A website like DrudgeReport is a good way to get out stories/links to stories like the 1010 no pressure video. Drudge also makes a bunch of money from his website.
    I wish! Unfortunely not. Heck, Drudge didn’t even mention Splattergate. I wonder… -PG

    1. DirkH

      The legal situation concerning linking to other people’s articles is a mess in Germany. There have been verdicts that make you liable for content you link to.

      So, there are practically no News aggregators in Germany. The financial risk is too high . In Germany, the receiver of a cease&desist letter has to pay the fee for the lawyer who sent it if he doesn’t want to fight it in court. (In Germany cease&desists are called “Abmahnung”)

  7. Steve Koch

    Yeah, that was weird that Drudge didn’t say anything about Splattergate (at least I could not find a link when I googled). Maybe Drudge is good friends with the “No Pressure” director, Richard Curtis?

    Anyway, a German oriented Drudge type site would probably make a lot of money and would facilitate the circulation of stories that the traditional German media suppresses. Maybe somebody will read this post and get inspired to do the German Drudge.

  8. Quixote

    “National Movements” such as the “Green Movement” now alive and well in Germany is a danger to the World and I’m sorry I have to bring this up but it has to never be forgotten………….back in the late 30’s there was a “Movement” in Europe similar to this one that almost destroyed humanity across the Planet!

    Need I say more?

  9. Ike

    Here a article at Spiegel online regarding AGW and sceptics.,1518,721168,00.html

    you can even send the author an email and ask her, why she isn´t reporting on 10:10 issue (I did and awaiting an answer from her) -> cordula_meyer @

    Interesting, there is another article today on Spiegel online concerning the impact of the sun to climate 😉,1518,721715,00.html

    1. ArndB

      The Spiegel online article regarding sceptics is about Prof. Fred Singer and his claim (and booklet): “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate”, which can and should be challenged:
      “Water is the driver of nature” as discussed here:, after his booklet had been published in 2008.
      When Singer et al. imply that: ‘nature rule the climate’, they are in full agreement with IPCC scientists and the UNFCCC, which uses the term ‘climate system’ (Art.1) :
      ___“Climate system” means the totality of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere and their interactions.

    2. DirkH

      Now that’s Der Spiegel as we know it. Full-on character assassination.

  10. R. de Haan

    Pierre you have to correct “embarrassment”
    in your header (r)

    Another embarrassment:
    Reply: Thanks – How embarasing! speling waz nefer my strenght. -PG

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  12. R. de Haan

    That is “done” more often.

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