Germany Guide: Who’s Who In Climate Science?

Josef H. Reichholf - harsh critic of AGW science.

 I) WHO ARE THE SCEPTICS IN GERMANY?
The real “troublemakers” in Germany are:
1. Professor Hans von Storch of the GKSS (warmist, but scientific and welcomes debate).
2. Prof. Josef H. Reichholf of the Technical Univ. of Munich.
3. Hans H.J. Labohm (Dutch), journalist.
4. Prof. Augusto Mangini, U. of Heidelberg (maybe not a sceptic, but critical of AGW science).
5. Dirk Maxeiner, journalist German blog.
6. Matthias Storx, journalist.
7. European Institute for Climate and Energy EIKE blog.
8. Readers Edition blog.
9. Klimanews blog.
9. Die Welt newspaper, which sometimes publishes sceptical pieces.
10. Der Spiegel magazine, which sometimes publishes sceptical pieces.
11. Petition of 77 sceptical German scientists
(And maybe some day this here blog may make it to the top 100!) 

II) WHO ARE THE ALARMISTS? 

Schellnhuber

1. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK. Government funded.
2. PIK Director Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber – visionary of the Great Transformation (a dangerous social engineering experiment). He’s the no. 1 climate advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel (yikes!). Has tried to shut down debate read here.
3. Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf, gatekeeper, attack-dog. Notorious for efforts to stifle dissent and to marginalize sceptics. Calls sceptical media reports irresponsible and disinformation.
Famous for publishing alarmist scenarios just before climate conferences.
4. German media, almost unanimously. Perfect example here and here.
5. Munich Re Reinsurer, purveyor of catastrophic scenarios.
6. The German school system, which repeatedly shows AIT to children uncritically.
7. A host of well-funded environmentalist groups like BUND, NABU, WWF, Greenpeace, Germanwatch, etc.
8. An array of companies set to make tons of money in trading CO2 certificates.
9. A vast majority of politicians, conservatives and environmentalists alike. 

III) HOW IS AGW VIEWED HERE?
Germany is a country that has a powerful green movement. Environmentalism has become a religion for many. Probably has something to do with atonement for past sins. Environmentalism is pounded daily into the German psyche by the public-funded media, the state school system and other institutions. What you as a person does to “protect the climate” is a measure of how good you are. It’s like Karma. (So, I’m quite the naughty boy here). 

IV) ARE ATTITUDES CHANGING HERE?
Yes!  Thanks to the little but vital  information the media allowed to drip out about Climategate, the recent bitter winter and a small group of concerned but very active citizens, there’s been much success in educating the public. Recent polls have alarmed the massive Green Establishment. They’re in panic. The sceptics have the momentum. Indeed the dreaded “tipping point” may have been reached. Just a couple of years ago, the media promoted the notion of universal consensus, and Mann’s depiction of the last 1000 years as fact. Today they can no longer maintain that. 

V) GERMANY’S POLITCAL PARTIES – HOW GREEN? 
There are five significant parties in Germany.
1. CDU/CSU – center right. Equivalent to the US RINOS. Led by a centrist Angela Merkel. They like cap & trade and believe in AGW. Favour use of nuclear energy.
2. SPD – socialists. Equivalent to the US Democrats.
They love cap & trade, regulation and are in love with Barack Obama and the US Democrats. Against nuclear power. Led by Sigmar Gabriel – Fan No. 1 of Al Gore. He distributed 6000 copies of AIT to advanced secondary schools for indoctrinating university-bound children.

Sigmar Gabriel distributed 6000 copies of AIT to German schools.

3. The Greens. Made up of enviro-zealots, treehuggers and elitists. Vehemently against nuclear power.
4. FDP – Free Democrats – libertarian. Supporters of free markets, nuclear energy. But pay much lip service to green alternative energy, but not real big supporters.
5. Die Linke – The communists.
They like anything that gives the state absolute power. Ought to be viewed as a threat to democracy. 

Currently a coalition of the CDU/CSU and FDP are in power. But they are weakening. Elections may have to be called. 

VI) WHAT IF ELECTIONS WERE HELD TODAY (June 20, 2010)?
– CDU conservatives- 33%
– SPD socialists – 32%
– Green treehuggers – 15%
– Die Linke communists – 11%
– FDP libertarians – 6%
That means there’d possibly be a Socialist/Green/Communist government, and thus a huge push by Germany for a global climate treaty. So, although there’s been much progress, there’s still much to do in Germany when it comes to educating the public.

Note: I’m sure I’ve forgotten some names and other information. Your tips would be welcome.

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3 Comments on “Germany Guide: Who’s Who In Climate Science?”

  1. Athelstan Says:

    Thank you Pierre, I do want to know what’s going on in the boiler room of Europe, we in Britain have much to thank the Dresden institute for in a backhanded way.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-567353/LITTLEJOHN-The-sinister-secrets-dustbin-Nazis.html
    Potsdam/Dresden it’s all the damn same to me.

    As for Frau Merkel, she of the FDJ and Agitprop she is a worry, I often wonder where her loyalties lie…….. ? She certainly is no friend of the realist camp, what gets me though is she is a trained physicist and chemist, why so mad on quasi science of AGW? The indoctrination techniques in German schools have not changed much have they?
    Schellnhuber and Ramstorf I’ve heard of, do they know of Herr Jose….?

  2. MostlyHarmless Says:

    I echo Athelstan’s comment – good to see a neat summary of the pro and anti camps in Germany. The country has an enviable record of research in science and mathematics, and I speak as a Brit – one would think with that legacy Germany would be a hotbed of logic and scepticism.. Perhaps it is, and the impression that we in the UK get is simply of your thoroughly non-objective media and “green” politics.

    I cringe whenever I read the word “science” in conjunction with a mess of alarmist predictions based on flaky computer models. I’m staggered that Germany can spend billions promoting rooftop solar panels, and expensive windmills for almost no gain. The government would cost the country far less, and do less damage to the environment by shovelling euros into the Rhine.

  3. Brian H Says:

    Where do Gerlich and Tscheuschner sit in that German cosmology?


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