‘Welt’ Commentary: Germany Flood Catastrophe Made Possible By “Inconceivable Ignorance”…”Unbelievable Scandal”

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Germany under water. Photo by P. Gosselin

Climate alarmist media waking up?

Germany’s climate alarmist media appears to be waking up a little, and thus are not totally buying the claims being made by German leaders that the devastating floods were due to climate change. It’s becoming increasingly clear the human catastrophe was the result of unimaginable government incompetence.

Though NTZ initially received a few complaints for blaming the loss of life on “criminal negligence” earlier, such complaints have stopped coming in as it is becoming clear as to why nearly 200 people lost their lives.

Catastrophe made possible by “inconceivable ignorance”

Today we are seeing unusually harsh criticism coming from a number of media outlets aimed at the German government’s ineptitude. For example, ‘Welt’ science editor Axel Bojanowski wrote a commentary that the flood catastrophe was made possible by “inconceivable ignorance”.

Bojanowski comments further:

Politicians, authorities and the media point to climate change as the cause of the flood disaster. Yet severe weather warnings were not taken seriously. And disaster protection in our country is at the level of a developing country.

The risk was known: Rainfall like this week’s has happened repeatedly in Germany, historical chronicles read like blueprints for the current flood disaster, and hazard maps show the flood risk. Yet politicians, authorities and the media point to climate change as the cause – while disaster protection in Germany is at the level of a developing country. An unbelievable scandal.

At least 156 people have died because of heavy rain in Germany. Rain had fallen in amounts that have always been expected in Germany and have been an occasional occurrence since time immemorial. The same places that have been devastated by floods of rain this week have been hit in a similar way in the past, as chronicles show.”

660-year record of floods

Those claiming that the weather catastrophe came unexpectedly and that there was no way to be ready for it are no longer being taken very seriously, and are only confirming their historical ignorance.

Dr. Karl August Seel provides a comprehensive history of the River Ahr flood events – going back to the year 1348.

The Ahr River, the ground zero of last week’s flood disaster, is the northernmost tributary of the Rhine and has a length of 90 km and a catchment area of 900 square kilometers.

Lethal stupidity

As the chronicles show, flooding events happened dozens of times and the authorities were obviously comatose at the wheel.

For too many years a crusty old bureaucracy focused on climate protection while ignoring protection from the whims of the weather. Their strategy, as unbelievable as it may sound, was to try to produce good weather by cutting CO2 emissions. It’s that stupid.

The people who want us to think they can rescue the world’s climate couldn’t even manage a flood.




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20 responses to “‘Welt’ Commentary: Germany Flood Catastrophe Made Possible By “Inconceivable Ignorance”…”Unbelievable Scandal””

  1. bonbon

    Why ignore what Chancellor Schroeder said in 2002 at the site of the Elbe flood disaster?
    He clearly said the Maastricht Stability Pact made reconstruction funding impossible. The EU belatedly set up a disaster fund.
    This Pact has caused the Finance Ministry of Schaeuble (and today’s health minister Spahn) to follow a Black Zero infrastructure financing – hence no maintenance for decades! Bridges and dams, canals simply left to rot!
    Look at Angkor Wat – the Thai army arrived to find a deserted city, the world record irrigation system simply full of sediment. Look at it today – do we want Europe to look like this ?
    https://www.alamy.de/ein-lidar-bild-von-angkor-wat-aus-der-lidar-ubernahme-2012-zeigt-die-gemusterten-archaologische-landschaft-unter-der-vegetation-image248531476.html

  2. bonbon

    See the Sunday Times for an explosive review :
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/germany-knew-the-floods-were-coming-but-the-warnings-didnt-work-cn99wjxzs

    The only explanation for this inaction is budget cutting. Have a look. Schmidt in 1962 called in the Army despite nominal rules.

  3. Mike

    Good to see this. I hope the loss of life won’t be for nothing. I hope there will be a wakeup in Germany.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    Is the rush to blame climate change because the alternative is to admit to the outside world that Germany is not the great organised place they want to believe it is and that “alles ist nicht in ordnung”?

  5. Nicholas Finney

    We are also at risk in the U.K. witness the continual expansion of housing to the Flood plains East of London . When will we ever learn that building houses on flood plains is a disaster waiting to happen and has Nothing at All to do with climate change

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  7. Shoki Kaneda

    If Germans keep electing woke, leftist idiots, they should reconcile themselves to not simply resembling a third world country, but being one. This is the leftist dream. Bring everyone down to the same misery level. It is their view of equality.

  8. jacques lemiere

    the main problem is not the actual cause..that can be discussed , the problem is the government being judge and the on being judged..

    the government will favor ANY explanation where it is not guilty.

  9. Tom Anderson

    A Martian’s or other extraterrestrial’s quick glance at our catastrophic climate danger would probably experience at least staggering disbelief.

    That is, our powerful, fear-inspiring official doctrine that an atmospheric trace gas (0.04% of the total), by interacting almost entirely with a 15-micron spectral slice of solar radiation at 193K or -80°C – (“minus 80 Celsius”), eighty degrees below water’s freezing point – will give the non-radiative 99.6% of the atmosphere a dangerous, perhaps fatal, unstoppable fever! Maybe E.T. would have a great laugh. I wish I could.

  10. pochas94

    They will spend trillions on CO2 abatement, just in time for the next flood.

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    Viktor Schauberger warned of the dire consequences of straightening natural meandering river channels… in the 1920s. He was hooted out of the professional guilds of hydrologists in Austria and Germany.

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