Hat tip: Readers Edition.
Michael Krüger at skeptic site Readers Edition brings our attention to an interview (in German) with skeptic scientist Professor Werner Kirstein of the Institute for Geography at the University of Leipzig on MDR German Public Radio. (Expect MDR to receive hellfire and brimstone for daring to air such blasphemy).
In the interview Professor Kirstein is asked about the cold winters being a sign of warming. He said that it just doesn’t fit, and that years ago the same scientists predicted the opposite, and reminds us what climate experts said 3 or 4 years ago:
In Germany we will rapidly see no more snow in the winter.”
So much for that prediction.
Professor Kirstein also cautioned against placing too much emphasis on 2010 being among the hottest years on record, believing the claim is “a joke” and saying that determining a global average is a tricky business and in the end is only a theoretical value. The radio moderator then attempts to make Kirstein look like a denier in asking:
And so what you are saying is that there is no climate change?”
To which Kirstein answered that indeed there is – from natural causes, citing the extreme temperature variations of the past repeating ice ages. Kirstein disputes the notion that man-made CO2 is driving the climate today, saying CO2 has at best extremely little to do with temperature, and it will not do any good to reduce it. He views political attempts to reduce CO2 as an effort to steer the economy into a certain direction and as a way to earn money.
Near the end of the clip, Kirstein says flat out that it all comes down to a belief – a religion.
Transcript (in German) of the interview, Read here.
Professor Kirstein was also once featured at NTZ not long ago, Read here.