Germany’s Top Environmentalist Turns Climate Sceptic

  • Date: 30/01/12

Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the fathers of Germany’s environmental movement, no longer trusts the forecasts of the IPCC. Doubt came two years ago when he was an expert reviewer of an IPCC report on renewable energy. “I discovered numerous errors and asked myself if the other IPCC reports on climate change were similarly sloppy. I couldn’t take it any more. I had to write this book.”

The Church of Global Warming is shattering in Germany, one of the last bastions of the movement. Even the environmental bishops are leaving the Church.

The print edition of FOCUS magazine has an article today on a new upcoming skeptic climate bookDie kalte Sonne, authored by former warmist Prof Dr Fritz Vahrenholt and geologist/paleontologist Dr. Sebastian Lüning.

Even though the book will not be available until February 6th, it has climbed to no. 4 on the Amazon-Germany bestseller list under the category of environment and ecology.

(Thanks Die Zeit!)

That number will of course rise soon now that national weekly FOCUS has a write-up in today’s issue, and once it’s officially launched on February 6.

Only 31% of Germans are afraid of global warming

One very interesting statistic in today’s FOCUS article that even surprised me:

Only 31% of Germans are afraid of a global warming. In 2006 that number was double.”

Indeed skepticism has reached a point where now even leading environmentalists are abandoning the movement, as profoundly demonstrated by Vahrenholt’s and Lüning’s book. Many simply feel they have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Although there have been skeptic books in Germany, none had the impact that the soon-to-be-released Die kalte Sonne is expected to deliver. With the book ready to take off in Germany, preparations have already been taken for a possible launch of an international edition in English.

The book cites more than 800 sources, many are peer-reviewed papers that appeared after the IPCC 2007 report. It’s the latest summary of the state of climate science out there. It does not dispute CO2 as a driver. The book simply cuts it down to size, and backs it up with hard literature and data.

No more trust in the IPCC

Undeniably there’s a feeling that the stars are now aligned, the mood has swung, and key players are changing their minds. As FOCUS reports, even the most die-hard of warmists are converting, or at least softening their tones. Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, a renewable energy expert, was once one of the fathers of the modern green movement in Germany and believed everything the IPCC preached – until 2 years ago. FOCUS writes:

“Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the fathers of the green movement, no longer trusts the forecasts of the IPCC.”

and FOCUS tells us why, quoting Vahrenholt:

Doubt came two years ago when he was an expert reviewer of an IPCC report on renewable energy. ‘I discovered numerous errors and asked myself if the other IPCC reports on climate were similarly sloppy.”

In his book he explains how he dug into the IPCC climate report and was horrified by what he had found. Then add the 10 years of stagnant temperatures, failed predictions, Climategate e-mails, and discussions he had with dozens of other skeptical elite scientists. That was more than enough. FOCUS quotes:

“I couldn’t take it any more. I had to write this book.”

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see also: Fritz Vahrenholt: Germany ‘Sliding Head Over Heels Into Eco-Dictatorship’



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