Here’s one of the best speeches I’ve heard in a long time.
On October 31 in the Lower Saxony capital of Hanover there was a parliamentary plenum. Dr. Gero Hocker, speaker for Energy, Environment and Climate Protection of the Free Democrat Party, made a speech calling on his parliamentary colleagues to acknowledge the facts on climate.
Hat-tip European Institute for Climate and Energy here.
Slowly, but surely, leading politicians are mustering the courage to express their doubts on climate science and to speak up. What follows are substantial excerpts of Hocker’s speech in English.
He starts by telling his colleagues that the environment is swamped in political correctness, that there’s intolerance to other views, and that spending 9 million euros on “climate protection” is a waste:
I have doubts in that we are not allowed to ask certain questions in this House. And I also have doubts about that it is perceived as correct that certain views should not be expressed. And I have doubts if what you are doing is correct, that is that climate policy is absolutely being placed above all else. I believe you are drawing the wrong conclusions from the flood of 2013. We have to improve our dikes, and not spend 9 million euros on “climate protection”.
At the 1:23 Hocker says that “the IPCC is really not a good source for advice“.
The people out there are really uncertain about the topic of climate protection, and here the IPCC has made a fundamental contribution to that. Six years ago the ‘experts’ from the IPCC projected that every year the global temperature would rise 0.2°C . And in 2013, that’s only 6 years later, ladies and gentlemen, they are forced to backpedal and recognize that over the last 10 years the temperature has risen only zero point zero-five degrees Celsius. They erred by a huge 75%! And those who want to advise us what do for decades and prophesize what’s ahead and that we’re supposed to act based on that, such an uncertain factual basis is surely not the fundamental basis on which to act politically, ladies and gentlemen!”
Of course with the temperature rise, Hocker slipped and should have said “every decade the global temperature would rise 0.2°C“. But the underlying message remains unchanged: The IPCC is nothing on which decisions can be based on.
At the 2:40 mark, Hocker says that it’s not only the experts who question the science, but also prominent publications such as Spiegel and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In front of his politically correct greenie Parliamentarians, Hocker quotes some of the most provocative headlines made on climate change:
In March 2007, the FAZ carried the headline: ‘Climate Change is Nothing But a Swindle’. In May 2013, Spiegel added: ‘There’s enough fodder for continuing an ideological climate discussion, forget the sworn consensus’, and just six weeks ago: ‘Scientists take away the foundation from climate regulators and request a retreat from global alarmism’. […] This shows one thing: The discussion is taking place everywhere all over society: in the press, among the people, with the experts – and you want to keep this discussion out of the Parliament and prevent the right questions from being asked. You are not the thought police of Lower Saxony! You are not the Inquisition to hunt down others who think differently. You have to come to terms with the fact that there are others who have a different opinion in Parliament and you have to accept this discussion, ladies and gentlemen!”
Loud applause at 3:42, and shouts protest from green parliamentarians.
At the 4:20 mark Hocker brings up Antarctica, where “there’s more ice than ever measured.”
In 2013 China emitted more CO2 than ever before, yet over the last 15 years there’s been no significant rise in global temperature. You have to get used to these facts in this discussion, ladies and gentlemen!”
At this point nervousness erupts among parliamentarians and many are clearly agitated by Hocker’s open act of rebellion. Hocker continues, reminding that science thrives on skepticism and that it needs to be welcome and not scorned. Hocker adds that the 9 million euros proposed for climate protection in Lower Saxony would be far more wisely spent on a slew of other needs, which are lacking in money.
But if you truly believe in a climate change, …then the money would be better invested in flood protection, invest the 9 million in our dikes – then you would provide a far greater service to the people of Lower Saxony than if you invested it in a climate protection agencies.”
Citizens should not be bullied into guilt by green thought
Moreover, the restrictions in personal freedom you have with your climate protection measures will not, in my opinion, achieve the success you think they will. You want to prescribe to the people how they are to take their holidays, not with their cars and not with a plane. You want to tell the people what they are to eat, you want to tell people how they are to dress, you want to tell them how they are to live. I’d like to tell you that I’d like people to go on holidays using a plane without having a guilty conscience. I’d like a future where people don’t have to feel guilty whenever they eat schnitzel. And for those who can’t afford, or those who don’t wish to afford it, they should be able to build a home the way they want to build without having to be pressured into a moral corner of some sort.
When you make one political field absolute and subordinate all other political fields, that to me is an expression of a modern absolutism which in Germany we have been wanting to cast off for centuries. And I, ladies and gentlemen, will not accept that such times transform into green and becomes socially acceptable.”
Hocker has let the cat out of the bag in Lower Saxony politics. He really gets to the heart of what this is all about – fundamental human rights, and people getting tired of being regulated to death and deceived.
Now he has to expect immediate retaliation of the most vicious sort. Expect an orchestrated campaign labeling him a denier, a dangerous populist, or heretic. I hope he’s prepared for it.
I really do hope he keeps it up and that others find the courage to follow. Three cheers for Gero.
There’s never anything wrong with demanding an open discussion – especially science.
24 responses to “More Dissent Erupts In Germany! Free Democrat Parliamentarian Slams IPCC Science, Proposed Climate Policy”
re German politics and underground media, I found an interesting Alexa category. FYI. German conservative sites as ranked by traffic.
“You are not the thought police of Lower Saxony! You are not the Inquisition to hunt down others who think differently.”
I guess that that matter is settled with the Lisbon treaty. Local and territorial parliaments are the enforcers of the Eurocracy, not more and not less. What was it, article 24 or 28, where the Eurocracy reserves itself the right to acquire new competencies as needed.
The age of democracy is over for Europe since 2009.
I wonder how many of us Europeans actually know what laws we are living with and what rights the EU has over our lives. It is not something I ever see or hear about other than on blogs like this, and even then it is rare.
Perhaps it would not be nice to find out, but it is best to be informed. Where is this information available in summary form?
Nowhere… I learn most of it from pi-news.net, the major German dissident blog, following links left by the commenters to youtube lectures and underground TV shows. So I would suggest to you to look for such blogs in the UK and read their comment threads. Start with
People put up what they find. We are a million filter-feeders. For American and global affairs, breitbart and zerohedge.
Common sense have finally reached some of the German politicians, that is good news.
I tried to read more about Dr Gero Hocker, and Google kept translating his surname to Stool. I see he is old enough to have done his national service and served in the military. Most of the German engineers I’ve worked with in my life also did their military service and it showed in their characters.
Let us hope that he is just in the vanguard and leading the way and that more politicians will find the courage of their convictions to say the same things.
Brave fellow, and hopefully more and more politicians, agency heads, and so on will speak up about genuine doubts they have regarding the messages received, and the observed data.
I tip my hat to Dr. Hocker in making this subject no longer taboo.
Few people realize how brave he really is what he’s putting on the line. Few can imagine what forces are going to be unleashed against him. The greens are vicious and he’s about to find out just how much so.
The FDP is a bloc party. All FDP Bundestag members who were critical of the Euro during the last legislative period lost their spots on the list of candidates for this years federal election, as Beatrix von Storch from the AfD reported.
Linke, Greens, FDP, SPD and CDU *ALL* want renewables.
Hocker will lose his position in the party and won’t be in the next Landtag.
He must know this. Maybe he plans a switch to the AfD.
You don’t do what he’s doing if you plan a career in the FDP.
Well done that man! This is very encouraging. Perhaps it won’t be long before Germany joins Australia and Canada in getting a government which is calmer and more sensible about climate. All three countries seem to have had more than their fair share of climate-scaremongering zealots.
I have just read an article this morning from Bloomberg that Gazprom has announced they might have to cut off gas exports to Europe this winter due to harsh weather. I am interested to know if this development has been in the news there and what they plan to do about it.
I haven’t seen anything about this in the media here – so it’s very likely true. But the weather in western Russia has been quite mild so far. I’ve learned that it’s no use trying to figure out Russia.
Perhaps this has something to do with it…http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/oel/nachrichten/artikel/deutsche_abgeordnete_fordern_freilassung_der_aktivisten/
Translated that means: Gazprom is going to put up the price. Accept it or no gas.
Wonderful to see that the German politicians finally get to listen to reality, let there be ever more of it. As I have a few German relatives, I put it on facebook. I await their feedback.
Thanks…would be interesting to hear it.
O/T EU commission announces they will examine Germany’s trade surplus and if they recognize a “severe imbalance”, read, too much of a trade surplus, punish Germany with billions of fines.
The EU is run by crazy people.
O/T European court decides that when a EU member state treats asylum seekers extraordinarily bad, other EU member states can decide about the asylum seekers’ application (and therefore force the unwilling EU member state to grant asylum.)
The crazy comes thick and fast.
I am not gay, but I’m loving Herr Gero!
Australians started it and now Canadians are following:
There is another even more important post at Jo Nova’s but I am unable to post the link to it here. Look for the latest from the Australian government’s open rebellion against the UN IPCC-crowd…
You probably mean this one. I shortened it with bit.ly
Meanwhile, back in the real world, this morning we hit about 0.5% of installed ‘renewable’ capacity:
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