German Environmental Movement Co-Founder, Professor Calls FFF Movement Hysterical, Overhyped …Real Threat To Economy

Yesterday the online Hamburg Abendblatt published an interview with Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt on the recent climate demonstrations and alarmism. Vahrenholt calls the demonstrations and demands “over-the-top”, and a real threat to the economy. He says the climate models are unreliable and predictions of great warming “absurd”.

Co-founder of Germany’s modern environmental movement, Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt. Image: GWPF

Vehrenholt is one of founders of Germany’s modern environmental movement, the founder of the country’s largest renewable energy company, Innogy and a member of Germany’s SPD socialist parties. Lately the retired professor has become renegade among his peers by criticizing the “over-the-top climate debate” and warning against “hasty reforms”.

Atmosphere of fear and hysteria

Vahrenholt tells the Abendblatt the climate debate has become hysterical and that in fact “we don’t have a climate emergency.” He adds: “If Greta Thunberg’s demands are implemented, global prosperity and development will be massively endangered.”

Vahrenholt is one of the more prominent signatories of the letter to the UN: “There is no climate emergency.”

In the interview with the Abendblatt, Vahrenholt rejects Thunberg’s  bleak world view, noting that human society has markedly improved on almost every front over the recent decades.

“The number of hungry people in the world has halved, life expectancy has doubled, and infant mortality has been reduced to tenths. These successes have been largely due to the supply of energy for electricity, heat, transport and nutrition,” said Vahrenholt.

When asked why so few German scientists (12) signed letter to the UN, Vahrenholt told the Abendblatt: “People no longer dare to express themselves differently.”

The German chemistry professor says spreading panic and fear is “irresponsible” and that we should: “Stop scaring the children – they are already getting delusions.”

Climate models still unreliable

Vahrenholt then tells the Abendblatt that “we have until the end of the century” to tackle greenhouse emissions – and not 12 years –  and that the situation is nowhere near as serious as the alarmist voices claim it is. Moreover, Vahrenholt reminds that the models still – which serve as the basis for the panic – have a long way to go before being reliable: “Many climate models have been shown to show too much warming and cannot reproduce the fluctuations of the past because they know only one factor: CO2.”

Later in the interview he asks: “What are we to think of models that neither reproduce the Little Ice Age nor the Medieval Warm Period – when it was about as warm as it is today?” In other words: If they don’t even work for the past, then they are completely unreliable for the future.

CO2 greens the planet

Vahrenholt reminds the Abendblatt that the added CO2 has in fact made the planet greener because of the boosted photosynthesis.

Only small number of scientists say man is 100% responsible

When asked about the 97% consensus, Vahrenholt tells the Hamburg-based daily that very few scientists deny CO2 has a warming effect, but adds: “Only a small minority believe that climate change is 100 percent man-made, and the vast majority believe in several causes.”

Green movement a real economic threat

Vahrenholt agrees that we have to reduce emissions, “but not commit suicide.”

The retired German professor advises against a hasty shutdown of coal energy, and warns it would lead to far greater poverty, even in prosperous Germany: “If we get out of coal and the combustion engine by 2030, then what will become of this country?

The retired professor also rejects the claims he turned his back on environmental protection, rather he has “stayed true to the cause”.

Schellnhuber’s 6°C warming a scandal, absurd

Near the end of the interview, Vahrenholt tells the Abendblatt he thinks the globe will warm about 1.5° by 2100, i.e. the low end of the IPCC’s 1.5 – 4.5°C projected range. He characterizes Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber’s 6°C rise – and the applause it always gets – as a “scandal” and being “absurd”.

12 responses to “German Environmental Movement Co-Founder, Professor Calls FFF Movement Hysterical, Overhyped …Real Threat To Economy”

  1. Josh

    Good to see that an environmentalist, no less a German environmentalist, has come around. But after spending the best part of the last 12 months in Germany, I can safely say that this country is LOST. They have been brainwashed into oblivion.

    1. mwhite

      Those who have done well from the AGW scare are worried they may loose control.

    2. SebastianH

      Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt is not an environmentalist. He is what we call in Germany an industry bought climate missinformer. No need for him “to come around” 😉

      Some Germans are indeed brainwashed. They repeat climate denialism talking points on an endless loop and can’t be reasoned with anymore. They believe Greta Thunberg is the enemy and other weird stuff …

  2. Mike

    When asked why so few German scientists (12) signed letter to the UN, Vahrenholt told the Abendblatt: “People no longer dare to express themselves differently.”

    I think this statement needs explaining. Is it about the freedom of speech? Is it fear of the “rage” machine? When did it change if people “no longer” dare?

    Is it possible to answer these questions?

  3. AlexS

    The media made the hysterical climate propaganda for Marxist proposes, now are trying to control what they sow.

  4. Dennis Clark

    It’s unfortunate but true that anyone now steps out of line from the perceived ‘right think’ gets hammered. Not just in climate science,in which Judith Curry had to retire from her university in order to publicise her findings.
    A Reading academic, female professor now has to carry a personal alarm and has to be escorted to her rooms from the car park. Her crime, saying that gender can’t be selected

  5. mwhite

    An interview with Extinction Rebellion spokesman Zion Lights

    “all flying would have to come to an end; all cars would have to be confiscated; meat would have to be rationed by the state; and all gas boilers and cookers would have to be removed from every home; Lights did not deny it”

    There is a You tube video of the interview.

    1. Yonason

      Not a dim bulb, but a pack of them, all burnt out. Not on the lunatic fringe, but way beyond even that.

      Nice hair style. Bet it was blow-dried. That’ll have to go.
      Stylish shirt. Bet it wasn’t woven and stitched by hand.
      Glasses? Plastic frames and lenses, most likely. Toss ’em, toots.
      Screwy symbol around neck is either metal or plastic. Either way, gotta lose it.

      Does she even have a clue what nitwittery she projects?

    2. Yonason
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