As mentioned in my last post, the Greens are now getting answers to the QUERY they submitted earlier to the German Government. The query is now proving to be a futile and sad attempt to stem the rising tide of skepticism in Germany, read here.
In this query, German Greens actually asked Angela Merkel’s government to deride climate science dissent and to join in on some sort of climate-denialsim. It was really weird, to say the least.
The German Government has aince responded to the green-query. From the answers, one clearly sees a German Government that is:
1) one-sidedly informed,
2) but is open to a scientific discussion (see no. 1o below).
It is true that Angela Merkel’s coalition government has made combating climate change a crucial issue. But much of that has to do with her one-sided activist advisers, particularly the alarmist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and its head, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber – the German climate science gatekeeper. This, as you will see, is confirmed by the Government’s response to the query.
Question no. 1 and 2 (paraphrased:
Are you aware of any peer-reviewed papers that dispute man-made global warming, and is there a discussion about the cause of climate change within the Government?
The Government responds claiming it bases its position solely on the findings of the IPCC and added:
The last IPCC report of 2007 has detected a definite warming in the climate system and has determined that it is highly likely that the warming since the middle of the 20th century was caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Federal Government is not aware of any works that have been peer reviewed that put the assertions in doubt.
Here the Government is stating they are not even aware of the huge body of science disputing AGW. They’ve been shielded from it. We know there are 800 peer reviewed skeptic papers out there. It’s a question of getting that body of science to them. I find the part “since the middle of the 20th century” peculiar as well. Why not the entire century?
As the Wikileaks documents show, Chancellor Merkel has far more pressing geo-political matters to attend to. For climate, she is advised by Schellnhuber and by her Environment Minister Mr. Norbert Röttgen, who, incidentally, was assessed in a Wikileak document as being just a layperson on the topic of climate science and environment. Indeed the advice Merkel is getting is one-sided and woefully incomplete.
On the questions 3-6, all concerning Fred Singer:
Fred Singer is a well-known so-called climate change skeptic because of his frequent appearances in the media worldwide.”
Again, this shows the government is not well-informed. Fred Singer is not a skeptic of climate change; he’s skeptic of the claim that today’s climate change is for the most part man-made. The Government’s response also states that it does not gather information about individual scientists or make judgements on their expertise.
On Question no. 7:
Are there any voices within the German government who question the man-made causes of climate change?
To this question, the Government flatly says that it relies solely on the IPCC – period. Here, someone needs to explain to the Government that relying on a single source for important information is not a wise idea, and is negligent. The German Government seems to believe that there is only one source of information, and that it [IPCC] is the only authority and is infallible.
On questions 8 and 9 concerning EIKE (and again Fred Singer), the German Government says it is not familiar with the organization. I doubt that’s true. But legally it’s a good answer.
QUESTION NO: 10:
Are you in favor of using public funds for spreading the claims made by climate deniers like Fred Singer?
The German Government welcomes an open scientific discussion on the importance and uncertainties of the results of climate science, as progress depends on lively and controversial discussions.”
Hardly what the green zealots and warmisnistas are calling for. It’s the exact opposite.
So we see that we have a government made up of a coalition that is woefully ill-informed, but at least goes on to say it is open to all scientific views.
Somehow we have to gently push the door open get the information in. But remember, Merkel is well-shielded. Certainly the process will take time, patience and effort, and may be much easier when the two ruling coalition parties are sitting in the offices of the opposition and the real hardcore greens and socialists are running the country into the ground.
For a copy of the Government’s response to the Query (in German), contact a spokesman at EIKE.