Here is a sampling of the media reaction coming from Germany on CERN’s cosmic ray cloud seeding experiment.
Normally the German mainstream media is quick to report on new scientific developments, especially anything indicating catastrophic global warming. But this time they have been slow and cautious.
FOCUS magazine online starts with:
Climate skeptics doubt that man-made greenhouse gases are to blame for global warming. A new study appears to confirm their claims.”
FOCUS, in its comprehensive 6-part piece, goes on to concede that the questions behind the causes of global warming are far from being answered. FOCUS tries to play down the CERN results, and so resorts to quoting 2 hardline warmists, Jochem Marotzke, Director of the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (2 institutes that would be pretty much be out of business if the cosmic ray theory proved right).
‘The mechanism is plausible, but it is not quantitatively enough to explain the observed warming’, assessed Jochem Marotzke. Stefan Rahmstorf completely threw out the the idea recently: ‘Cosmic rays have been measured since 1953; they show no increasing or decreasing trend analog to solar brightness. Without such a trend, one can also explain no change in cloud cover,’ he insists.”
Die Welt writes:
And: Which role do clouds play in all this? ‘Cloud’ has found the first preliminary answers to that. The sun could play a bigger role than first thought. “Could!”, emphasizes Kirkby und Curtius.
Actually Danish scientist Henrik Svensmark found the preliminary answers, and CLOUD simply added a huge dose of confirmation. And funny how Die Welt in the past never emphasized the word “could” in its numerous articles on kook warmist scenarios, but is quick to do so here.
Die Welt also quotes Kirby who compares two charts: one of temperature vs solar activity and Mann’s hockey stick chart. Die Welt writes:
‘Look here’, he said ‘at how striking the correlation between solar activity and global temperature has been over the last 1000 years.’ In comparison another chart stands right next to it, the famous ‘Hockey Stick Chart’, which suggests that there was hardly any climate fluctuation over the last 1000 years and that a sharp rise began only 150 years ago. That would mean: Only man drives the climate, and the sun not. “It turned out to be false”, he [Kirby] said.”
Indeed Mann’s view of the past 1000 years is looking more and more like a fairy tale of epic proportions. Die Welt did find space to mention Svensmark:
Also Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark is working on the interaction between solar activity and climate change. ‘Although our experiments were not very complex, we had similar results three months ago’.”
Yes, Svensmark produced good data – on a shoestring budget. Compare his cost-effectiveness to the countless tens of billions of dollars wasted on the loads of useless junk science produced by warmists. A few million dollars are proving the $100+ billion wrong.
Finally Die Welt writes about the chief of CERN and his controversial request of last July of “not to interpret the results”.
Curtius denies having received such a request. ‘Of course we have to interpret our results’, he said, “otherwise other people will do it’.”
German skeptics slam German stubbornness
Skeptic blogs and sites have been blasting German stubbornness and warming dogmatism, and their refusal to acknowledge CERN’s results. Science journalist Edgar Gärtner at his blog slammed obstinate German science, writing a piece called: Cloud Experiment Exposes Climate Swindle: He writes:
Already 200 years ago it was detected by famous English astronomer William Herschel that the price of bread always increased when the number of sunspots was very low. Svensmark believed he could explain why it was so. But when he published his hypothesis together with his boss Eigil Friis-Christensen, then IPCC Chairman Bert Bolin called them ‘naive and irresponsible’.
Funny how who’s turning out to be “naive and irresponsible”. Gärtner also writes:
One can suspect that the results contain political dynamite, also when taken alone they do not suffice to bring down the greenhouse gas house-of-lies. But in combination with the recently published NASA satellite measurements, which we reported on not long ago, it could very well happen. These measurements have clearly shown that a man-made heat trap in the atmosphere just cannot be. The temperature increase recorded over the earth’s land mass at the end of the last century, which in the meantime has stagnated, has to be attributed to other causes. The successfully completed Cloud experiment on fluctuating solar activity offers a solution. The trillions of euros that the EU wants to have for fighting the supposedly man-made climate change are purely for nothing.”
So could it bring down the “greenhouse gas house-of-lies” as Gärtner suggests? Don’t bet on it.
AGW is now fatally embedded in all German institutions
It’s going to take Germany a long time to wake up from it’s global warming science folly, if at all. The prospects are poor. All of Germany’s major institutions like the public media, government, political parties, science bodies (such as the PIK, German Weather Service, Max Planck Institute), schools, etc., all have negligently and wrecklessly embedded the global warming dogma deep and firmly into their structures and psyche, thus making it the main pillar on which the architecture of Germany’s future society will rest. Now that pillar is cracking and crumbling. Suddenly Germany’s grand plans for a Green Empire are facing the scrap heap.
Will German leaders be able to come to terms with that? They seemingly (and stupidly) have gone beyond a point of no return with their zeal. They’re pushing their heads deeper into the sand. Expect them to get shriller. Germany is stuck in a self-made dilemma. Once a brand of science gets institutionalized nationally, and to the extent that it has in Germany, it is very very difficult – if not impossible – to remove. Germany has tragically been though something eerily similar before. Will a complete demise be the only way out? Germany has a way of hanging in – all the way to the bitter end.