Here’s a brilliant satirical piece on German radio by journalist Dirk Maxieiner on how the state thinks it can regulate weather and climate.
Unfortunately the audio and text are only available in German. To all German readers here, if you have yet to hear it, then you really ought to do so.
Dirk Maxeiner is the author of: Hurrah, wir retten die Welt. I’ve read it, and can only recommend it.
First he focuses his satire on the contradictory predictions made by climate crystal ball forecasters. Stefan Rahmstorf recently declared that cold winters are now a sign of global warming, while Mojib Latif claimed that winters will get warmer. No matter what, it’s proof of man-made climate change. Maxeiner:
Even a new ice age would not refute the theory of unstoppable global warming, rather it would be claimed that it confirms it. Climate debate strongly reminds us of the joke about the four enemies of Soviet agriculture: spring, summer, fall, and winter – as well as the two auxiliary enemies: day and night.”
He points out that even weather normalcy is now viewed as indisputable evidence of man-made climate change. When North Sea storm Kyril hit Germany in 2007, the media was shocked that the storm surge predicted the coast never materialised, and so was thus some sort of surreal extreme event.
Today, says Maxeiner, “Germany is in the grips of ‘Immerschlimmerismus’ (things are always getting worse), even though Germans today are more prosperous and healthier than ever.
People no longer accept taking responsibility, he says. When something goes wrong, it’s never your fault – it’s always the fault of someone else. For example “if you crash your car, it’s not because of poor driving skills, but rather it’s the fault of the Road Commissioner who failed to make traffic conditions safe enough”.
The peak of stupidity, and/or arrogance, is the State’s belief that it can now control our weather, and thus keep the menace of extreme weather at bay. The truth is that the State, the great protector, cannot even control its own spending. Maxeiner describes the State’s policy to regulate climate as:
A type of politics that is not even able to stop health insurance premiums from rising, yet pretends it can regulate the temperature of the globe to 2°C. The climate is thus viewed by the public as a system that can be brought into a state of calm simply by switching off human-made influences.”
Some of us of course ask how is it that some people can be brought to the point of believing such absurdity? A new standard of public-dumbing-down has unquestionably been reached.
Indeed Maxeiner makes us realize that one has to be quite gullible on a variety of issues to believe the State can regulate climate. It’s official:
The State is now responsible for our weather”.
But accountable for bad weather, however, will always be the citizens and their lifestyles. Get ready to sacrifice.