World Leading Alarmist Climate Scientist: 100 Fossil-Fuel Flights, 50 Tonnes Of CO2 Annually!

German skeptic blog Science Skeptical here takes a look at the carbon footprint of Prof. Hans-Joachim (John) Schellnhuber, the former director of the ultra alarmist and activist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Professor Schellnhuber is so worried about man’s destruction of the climate through human CO2 emissions and the “fossil fuel metabolism” of our society that he’s written a number of books on the subject, warning we’re on the verge of burning ourselves to death.

Not surprisingly these vivid books have been very popular among end-of-world conspiracists and climate Armageddon believers. His latest: Selbstverbrennung (Self Immolation).

 Image: C. Bertelsmann Publishing.

Mankind committing “collective suicide”

A short summary of his book explains how Schellnhuber warns that if “our civilization does not move to the often-mentioned two-degree limit, but much more dramatically to a warming of 3 to 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the continued burning of fossil fuels threatens to lead to collective suicide.”

Himalayan glaciers on the verge of disappearing

The doomsday professor, known in Germany as the “Climate Pope” and whose every word is taken by most of the German mainstream media as infallible, once said that the ideal population for the planet is a billion people (meaning soon there will be 7 billion too many) and the Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2030.

Do as I say, not as I do

So with Schellnhuber’s level of conviction, certainty and urgency, it would only seem logical that the Bavarian-born professor would himself be setting an example for the rest of us on how to live responsibly with CO2 and forego fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, like a Catholic Pope and Cardinals who allow themselves lavish life styles while preaching others not to do the same, Schellnhuber allows himself exorbitant CO2 and fossil fuel privileges. Do as I say, not as I do.

“Certainly fly 100 times a year”

According to Science Skeptical, Schellnhuber was interviewed in 2005 by Tagesspiegel. In the interview he confessed he was not doing his part in “protecting the climate”. When asked if he had ever calculated his own contribution to climate change, Schellnhuber responded:

Yes, it is quite high because I myself certainly fly 100 times a year.”

And when asked what car he drives:

A BMW from the new 1 series. It consumes 6 liters diesel [per 100 km], but that’s only half as much as my previous car.”

Science Skeptical then did a rough calculation of Schellnhuber’s CO2 output using the CO2 calculator provided by the German Ministry of Environment. The result, assuming normal consumer behavior, but flying 100 times a year, each flight on average 2 hours long: 50 tonnes of CO2 each year!

The average German emits only about 10 tonnes annually.

Skeptical Science next wonders how much CO2 the climate-doomsday-preaching Potsdam Institute with its 4.5 million euro super-computer, and all it’s jet-setting climate-rescuing scientists, emit into the atmosphere. Not a pretty picture. They all happily rely on the conveniences provided by the very fuels they profess to detest.

Contempt for regular workers

In terms of CO2, the employees at the PIK thus consume a multiple times what the average German worker does. But German workers, you see, really don’t do necessary worthwhile work, and so are producing CO2 needlessly. PIK workers, on the other hand, are rescuing the planet, and so their CO2 emissions are really necessary.


24 responses to “World Leading Alarmist Climate Scientist: 100 Fossil-Fuel Flights, 50 Tonnes Of CO2 Annually!”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    The cover of the book is as silly as Schellnhuber.

    “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”

  2. tom0mason

    The haughty, self-important Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, like so many other noisy AGW advocates are hypocrites, HYPOCRITES, HYPOCRITES!

  3. Patrick healy

    The ‘pope’ name is surely apt. Did he not write my crazy Popes global warming Encyclical a few years ago and is he not the chief adviser to our delusional pope?

  4. CO2isLife

    Here are the arguments to refute all these alarmists, facts beat propaganda.

    Comprehensive Climate Change Debating Points and Graphics; Bring It Social Media Giants. This is Your Opportunity to Do Society Some Real Good

    1. Yonason

      Given the harm they are trying to cause to both politics and science, by denying freedom of expression to anyone who disagrees with them, I would say they should more correctly be called ANTI-SOCIAL media giants.

  5. Steve

    I can see where this is all headed.
    The good Professor and his followers will want to cull a lot of humans!!!

  6. spike55

    Blessed are those that TAKE, TAKE, TAKE. !!

  7. Bitter&twisted

    Schellhumper is a typical elitist.
    “Do as I say and not as I do”

  8. RAH

    Why shouldn’t he have “Contempt for regular workers”? I mean after all a fair number of them apparently are dumb enough to buy his lies! Scammers usually have contempt for those they scam.

  9. Don from OZ

    Ahhh Spike you should have added Blessed are the cAGW that are FAKE,FAKE ,FAKE.

  10. MGJ

    It’s enough to make one wonder whether such people really care about the natural environment or whether they could possible have…maybe…some other motivation?

    1. Yonason
  11. Bitter&twisted

    Wot no troll?

    1. SebastianH

      You are here, but a troll doesn’t count himself as a troll, right? 😉

    2. tom0mason


      You commented too early, seb the troll is here. 😉

  12. Yonason

    Though the climate alarmism horse is dead, they just keep riding it.

    They have no other choice. It’s either that or admit they are self-serving idiots who should be a laughing stock, not heroes.

    1. SebastianH

      It’s funny how you perceive the world around you “Florida man”. Should get out of that bubble and learn how stuff really works instead of trusting your usual nonsense “sources”.

      1. paul courtney

        Seb: Not as funny as seeing an obedient troll refuse to address the wide-open hypocritical actions of his leaders.

      2. spike55

        “learn how stuff really works instead of trusting your usual nonsense “sources”.


        Seb , you have proven time an time again that you are basically CLUELESS about how things really work.

        WILFUL IGNORANCE, and a total and deliberate lack of awareness of reality are your life’s work.

        Q1. In what way has the climate changed in the last 40 years, that can be scientifically attributable to human CO2 ?

        Q2. Do you have ANY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE at all that humans have changed the global climate in ANYWAY WHATSOEVER?

        1. Yonason

          How stuff really works.

          1. Richard Dawkins gets schooled by an expert in the field

          2. SebH doesn’t like Ed Berry, because he’s “some old guy,” not like E.O.Wilson, who was born in 1929, and who’s ideas aren’t all exactly mainstream.

          PS – Dr. Ed Berry was born in 1963. So, if Ed is “some old guy” but EO Wlson isn’t, then I guess SebH isn’t even as good at arithmetic as I once gave him credit for.

          My point? Smart people aren’t always correct, but those of the intellectual acumen of SebH are virtually always wrong.


          RE – “species extinction” – taint necessarily so.

          Also, see “Species Extinction – One Million, or Just One?” here.

          Perhaps he’ll grow up some day, but until then SebH is just some anonymous angry activist troll with the mind of a spoiled child.

    2. tom0mason

      Yes Yonason,

      IMO the key lines are —

      “That has never been in question. No-one disagrees with that proposition. What is truly remarkable is that no evidence is provided, or even referred to, that human activities play any role at all in this warming. No evidence is provided that recent warming is anything other than a natural occurrence. The best they can do is Dessler’s lame comment that “despite our best attempts” they can find no other explanation!”

      100% more reason and factual evidence than the cAGW activist trolls that comment here provide, but then they have so little to offer. cAGW activist trolls with no science, mathematical ability or logical reason, just reciting the same worn out, hackneyed, false alarm calls. Just like a child misunderstanding ‘Chicken Little and the sky is falling’ story ( ), believing all the animals must have died when the sky fell on them.

  13. John M. Brown

    Good maybe we can triple that amount.

  14. Scott Scarborough

    6 litres per 100 KM = about 39 MPG. That’s about the same as my 21 year old Nissan.

  15. hunter

    The good professor reminds me of Worm Tongue from Lord of the Rings.

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