German Energy Expert Warns Of “Deindustrialized Germany” …”Chinese Laughing Their Heads Off”

Usually shunned by the German mainstream media, today moderate, rational voices on the issue of climate change are beginning to be heard on the air waves once again. This may be temporary. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Leading German climate science critic Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt. Image: Die kalte Sonne

For example, just days ago, leading climate science critic Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt was interviewed by NDR German public radio’s Anke Harnack on the topic of climate change. As protests by yellow vests in France and angry farmers in the Netherlands intensify, perhaps the establishment in Germany is having second thoughts about going down the hysterical climate rescue path that has been forcefully advocated in Germany over the recent months.

Prosperity based on “reliable energy supplies”

In the interview Vahrenholt, a leading founder of Germany’s modern environmental movement, tells the NDR that following the demands made by Greta Thunberg would put global prosperity at risk and exacerbate world hunger. He says the amazing improvement human society has seen over the last 100 years is thanks to “reliable energy supplies”.

“Huge, huge difficulties”

“Shutting these down in 12 years would indeed throw us into huge, huge difficulties.”

Vahrenholt says all the recent “panic is leading policymakers into making errors and will lead to disappointment for the youth because it is not doable.” He adds changing over the green energies is needed ultimately, but this cannot be done over a short time period of a decade or two. He says “we need two generations” to get off fossil fuels and that it’s going to require “more innovation and research in order to get CO2 emissions down to acceptable levels by the end of the century.”

Vahrenholt, the former director of renewable energies company Innogy, says he is also puzzled over why Germany refuses to do research on fusion and remains so fixated on unstable sun and wind. Vahrenholt was one for the 500 scientists who recently signed a letter to the UN declaring that the planet was not facing a climate crisis.

97% consensus claim distorted

On the claim 97% agree that man is behind global warming, Vahrenholt says this figure has been completely misrepresented, and that it is in fact “only a handful of scientists” who say that man is 100% responsible. Many scientists say that man is only partly responsible.

Chinese are laughing

The outspoken German professor of chemistry says giving in to the demands of the radical greens would lead to a deindustrialized Germany: “In the end what’s left is a deindustrialized Germany, and the Chinese are laughing their heads off.”

Leaders lack courage

On the large Fridays for Future protests, Vahrenholt says: “It’s not surprising because currently hardly a teacher, hardly a journalist, hardly a scientist has the  courage to say: ‘Dear millions of people, we find it nice that you’re concerned about the climate, but let’s really discuss among each other what really needs to be done, and how much time we have.’ This really annoys me. I may not always be right, but I’m pretty sure that the alarmists are not right.”

14 responses to “German Energy Expert Warns Of “Deindustrialized Germany” …”Chinese Laughing Their Heads Off””

  1. bonbon

    China, the one country that got 800 million out of poverty in 10 years (and did not get the Nobel in Economics which they should have instead of the two amateurs who did) does not laugh at deindustrializaton – they know full well what that means, and want never to experience it again. They are knoching at the door with the Belt and Road Initiative here.
    Exactly the de-industrializers are refusing to sign up with the BRI, even when the Mittelstand is very interested.
    The zero-deficit Schwarze Null policy forbids BRI activity, yet with clever paperwork forces greening. I’ll bet a Brexit that they are waiting for Bank of England Mark Carney’s Green Finance Initiative to take off, and keep the zero deficit.
    Carney’s GFI will indeed spell the end of any industry here or abroad.

    China would not find that amusing.

  2. Georg Thomas

    “He adds changing over [to?] the green energies is needed ultimately [WHY?], but this cannot be done over a short time period of a decade or two. He says “we need two generations” to get off fossil fuels …”

    Why are “the green energies ultimately needed?”

    Why do we need “to get off fossil fuels?”

    “…more innovation and research [is required] in order to get CO2 emissions down to acceptable levels by the end of the century.”

    You what?

    Why is there a need to get CO2 emissions down to an acceptable level?

    What is an acceptable level?

    Why the end of the century, why not earlier, why not later?

    Is he merely perpetuating the myth and scaling down the hysteria to proportions more easily handled by politics?

    I am shaking my head.

    1. John F. Hultquist

      Glad I read this first. Fits my thoughts well.

      BTW, “two generations” would mean about 60 years, or maybe 80.
      This is not enough time to rebuild much of the world’s infrastructure. We could see the beginning of the beginning.

    2. DMA

      I think you have a good point. Here is more reason to discount worry about emissions.
      See( ) for radiosonde evidence that the atmosphere obeys ideal gas law and no greenhouse effect is present. The Connollys have analyzed about 20 million radiosonde data sets covering the last 70 years and have concluded that “this work shows categorically that there is no greenhouse effect in our atmosphere, increasing greenhouse gasses increases absorption and emission equally causing no warming, the IPCC were wrong to assume recent warming was due to greenhouse gasses,and current climate model temperature projections are worthless.
      This analysis falsifies the greenhouse effect hypothesis. Our CO2 emissions have never caused greenhouse effect warming and never will so there that is not a valid reason to transition off fossil fuels.

      1. Georg Thomas


        Thanks for your comment and the link.

        These papers by the Connollys are also well worth reading:

    3. bambam

      Agree Georg well said. It’s appeasement that is founded on acceptance of a lie.

  3. Macha

    Fossil fuel companies are not to blame. Consumers just love what their product can be used for, in fact, can’t live without.

  4. Don from OZ

    Agreed we don’t need to get of fossil fuels but something we could do to shut the Bustards up would be to build some LFTR’s.
    Liquid Fluorine Thorium Reactors replacing coal fired and Uranium fueled reactors would give us thousands of years of safe, reliable, continuous electricity at very affordable prices whilst using up some of the stored spent uranium fuel rods that have to be stored for thousands of years.
    (Bustard is an Australian bush turkey)
    My apologies to our bush turkeys for denigrating them.

  5. Sam Pyeatte

    Deindustrialization would result in a society completely helpless to foreign (Chinese) invasion and extermination of the eco-nuts. I guess it is a way to reduce population…nature abhors a vacuum, and the strong shall inherit the Earth.

  6. Christian

    He’s failing at the git-go: You can’t give an inch to these insane Marxist/socialist bastards. Fossil fuels are givers of life and prosperity! These CO2-hating fools are brainwashed lunatics, and need to be dismissed instantly with no apology, and no conceding anything to their crazed demands, which are in turn based on nefariously distorted and synthetic fantasy data.

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