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.
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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