If Al Gore Had a Change of Heart; It’s that Big
By John Ransom
The mean greenies in Germany are so hot at Vahrenholt that they probably ought to charge themselves a carbon tax, or buy on offsetting credit, or just kick back and relax with a cold drink on a furry polar bear rug in front of a big log fire.
“The left wing German online TAZ here has a weekend article called Climate Skeptics Are Like Viruses,” writes the website No Trick Zone, “which looks at the controversy swirling about Vahrenholt’s …new skeptic book Die kalte Sonne [The Cold Sun.]” The Taz site includes cute pictures of blood thirsty, meat eating, Coca Cola drinking polar bear cannibals, to emphasize the point: Vahrenholt, bad, polar bears, good. The left uses polar bears as their Little Orphan Annie of global warming. The sun’s out everyday.
The two hypotheses put forward in the book by Vahrenholt and his coauthor Sebastian Lüning are that 1) The UN has purposefully slanted the science to reach a pro-global warming position and; 2) solar activity plays a much more important part in geological warming and cooling than scientists are willing to admit.
Polar bears rock, but people are like viruses.
“Today, I want new scientific findings to be included in the climate debate,” Vahrenholt told an interviewer from the German Spiegel Online. “It would then become clear that the simple equation that CO2 and other man-made greenhouse gases are almost exclusively responsible for climate change is unsustainable. It hasn't gotten any warmer on this planet in almost 14 years, despite continued increases in CO2 emissions. Established climate science has to come up with an answer to that.”
Currently the book is Amazon Germany’s number one seller under Environment and Ecology and number 62 on its Top 100 List.
In part that’s because Vahrenholt is one of Germany’s best-known environmental activists says the Energy Tribune. “If Al Gore or David Suzuki or NASA's Jim Hansen were suddenly to renounce man-made global warming,” says the Tribune’s Jim Delingpole, “it could hardly be more surprising. Up until two years ago, Vahrenholt was Germany's Godfather of Green: a green activist and former environment minister for the State of Hamburg.”
He also is a graduate of the “student protest movement” according to Spiegel Online and “fought against the chemical industry's toxic manufacturing plants in the 1970s.” That’s why the Social Democratic Party chose him to be their environmental representative in the city of Hamburg, a city that relies on heavy industry like copper, steel, chemicals and shipbuilding.
Most recently, Vahrenholt was CEO of the renewable energy division of RWE, one of Europe’s largest utility companies. That seems to be the point of contention that Greenpeace and others on the intolerant left have fashioned on in order to undermine Vahrenholt’s credibility. Planetsave.com calls him an “electric utility executive” skipping over his environmental activism. And Greenepeace, in its Polygraph section, called him an “Ice cold denier” with a shadow rendering of Pinocchio with a very long nose. No polar bears apparently were hurt in the rendering of Pinocchio.
Planetsave calls the rest of us “the usual climate denial enablers,” which is totally unfounded and untrue. I’m an extremely unusual climate denier enabler. And, if you are reading this, 90 percent chance that so are you.
One global warming apostle enabler who got an advanced copy of Vahrenholt’s book disagrees with the book’s assessment, but agrees that Vahrenholt’s change of heart is newsworthy.
“While books by climate heretics usually receive little attention,” writes Spiegel Online, “it could be different in Vahrenholt's case. ‘His fame,’ says Marotzke, ‘will ensure that there will be a debate on the issue.’” Jochem Marotzke is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and the only climatologist who Vahrenholt made sure read the book prior to publication.
Heretics? And they wonder why we call climate change a religion.
Already “three of Germany’s most widely read news publications, Bild, Der Spiegel, and Die Welt immediately took notice, releasing skeptical climate science articles in their print and on-line editions,” reports Forbes.com contributor Larry Bell, who is most avowedly a climate denial enabler and chief denialist. Like Vahrenholt, Bell is a scientist who wrote a book about the climate hoax. But he’s not a climatologist, so that should completely disqualify him from opining on matters related to science.
It’s better that we leave the science to the true experts: radical, Gender Studies graduates who blog for environmental web sites and know how to upload pictures of polar bears and genuflect in the left direction.