Ulli Kulke: The Climate Alarmists’ Fear Of Contact

  • Date: 14/09/12

Die Welt: A recently released study by the German National Academy of Science and Technology (Acatech) concludes that climate change poses no danger for Germany. The result is pleasing enough, but not actually really surprising. The publication of the study is welcome as it can help to objectify the climate debate and put into perspective the habitual horror scenarios.

It can help. Even before the publication, however, it was confirmed, once again, that those who are attached to climatic horror scenarios do not seem interested in a real discussion. Four climate researchers, who originally wanted to participate in the study, withdrew from it because they did not like another scientist who was also asked to join: Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, former Senator for the Environment in the state of Hamburg, who built up and led the wind energy division of the energy company RWE and has now moved to the German Wildlife Foundation.

Vahrenholt has become a red flag for many climate scientists and opinion leaders from within the climate network. The reason: together with his co-author Sebastian Luening, he published the book “The Cold Sun”. In the book, he presents the state of research into how the sun influences the earth’s climate. To summarize the book’s conclusions: the influence of the sun is underestimated by most researchers while the influence of man-made carbon dioxide is overestimated.

Vahrenholt supports energy conservation, the expansion of renewable energies (he has contributed to it a lot) and advocates a strong environmental policy, but he counters the all-too homogeneous choir of impending climate catastrophe and its Basso Continuo with a slightly modified tonality. This moderate tone was apparently too much.

It is not the first time that this fear of contact comes to the fore. Whenever critical climate scientists are invited to panel discussions or other events or on television, “hardliners” who view the reports of the IPCC as Holy Script decline to attend. They avoid the open discussion. They suffer from an acute phobia of contact.

It is most infuriating in this context that especially those researchers who investigate the influence of the sun through very elaborate series of experiments, and who have already achieved good progress, are kept out of not only the public debate, but also out of the IPCC process itself. They are, after all, renowned scientists who work, for example, at the nuclear research centre CERN in Geneva, at an institute of the Danish government and at other scientific institutes. In almost condescending manner, it is then constantly talked how sunrays do not have the necessary variations to explain the ups and downs of climate in the past. However, It is not about sunrays but solar activity (as they well know), which occurs in very different ways.

Professor Vahrenholt in particular is a very important addition in the climate debate and his book is a welcome change. One must congratulate the German Academy of Sciences that it did not throw him out just to appease the catastrophists.

Translation Philipp Mueller

Die Welt, 10 September 2012