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‘I Feel Duped on Climate Change’

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German electric utility executive Fritz Vahrenholt expects cooling until at least 2050. Argues that IPCC forecasts on the severity of climate change are overstated and supported by weak science.

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“The climate catastrophe is not occurring,” writes Vahrenholt in his book “Die Kalte Sonne” (The Cold Sun), published by Hoffmann and Campe.

The book is a source of discomfort within Vahrenholt’s party, the SPD. In fact, a lecture Vahrenholt was scheduled to give at the University of Osnabrück in northwestern Germany was recently cancelled.

Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter of Spiegel Online interviewed Vahrenholt yesterday. Here are excerpts from that interview.

“In terms of the climate,” says Vahrenholt, 62, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, “we have seen a cyclical up and down for the last 7,000 years, long before man began emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. There has been a warming phase every 1,000 years, including the Roman, the Medieval and the current warm periods. All of these warm periods consistently coincided with strong solar activity. In addition to this large fluctuation in activity, there is also a 210-year and an 87-year natural cycle of the sun. Ignoring these would be a serious mistake …

“…the sun has been getting weaker since 2005, and it will continue to do so in the next few decades. Consequently, we can only expect cooling from the sun for now.

“…the last sunspot cycle was weaker than the one before it. This is why the sun’s magnetic field has continued to weaken since 2000. As a result, this magnetic field doesn’t shield us against cosmic radiation quite as well, which in turn leads to stronger cloud formation and, therefore, cooling.

” I take this seriously and expect only cooling from the sun until 2050.”

Here’s the entire interview:,1518,813814,00.html
Thanks to George Fitzsimmons, John Etherington, Benjamin Napier, Lyn Jenkins, Sonya Porter and Martin Hoer for this link

See also:
Fritz Vahrenholt: Germany Sliding Head Over Heels Into Eco-Dictatorship

“Again overseas media is covering things the US media is ignoring,” says Martin. “More and more overseas media is printing things we do not see here in the States.”


Even in the face of the exaggerated IPCC claims (lies might be a better word), one of Vahrenholt’s big concerns seems to be “that if citizens discover that the people who warn of a climate disaster are only telling half the truth, they will no longer be prepared TO PAY HIGHER ELECTRICITY COST for wind and solar (energy). Then the conversion of our energy supply will lack the necessary acceptance.”

Even in the face of the exaggerated IPCC claims, Vahrenholt thinks “we still have to reduce CO2 emissions through WORLDWIDE EMISSIONS TRADING.

Not exactly comforting words.

12 thoughts on “‘I Feel Duped on Climate Change’”

  1. I applaud Fritz Vahrenholt for jettisoning many of his earlier beliefs about climate change and questioning the manmade global warming hypothesis. He will now face stiff opposition as I once did on a much smaller scale.

    When I used The Huffington Post’s own figures to point out that the earth’s climate has not been warming since 1998, Arianna Huffington’s website censored me and removed my profile. You can read about my censorship troubles at my website, Xarkonul, which is available at

  2. It has always been said that common sense is a rare commodity and unfortunately this is very true of society nowadays. No one thinks for themselves now or asks the relevant questions. We are spoon fed global warming drivel by the media on a daily bases and swallow it no questions asked.

    These dishonest scientists who have jumped on the AGW gravy train have done so merely for financial gain however who has really been duped? A good scientist is one who believes in oneself as well as ones cause yet is open contradictory viewpoints. Although the very same scientist can present a good argument for their beliefs they are also willing to agree to disagree.

    There is a train of thought that governing bodies around the globe are manipulating scientific bodies to aid them in the creation of a new world order. This may indeed be true or just another conspiracy theory there again who is really being duped?

    It is fair to say that civilisation is wasteful and the earth’s resources are not infinite yet being bullied as well as taxed into submission is counterproductive. Furthermore these bully boy tactics sets an extremely dangerous precedence for the future.

    Well? Who is really being duped then?

    Governments are duping themselves into thinking they can create a new world order.

    They are also under the misconception that bullying and taxing is going to achieve this.

    Sudo scientists who promote the AGW dogma being duped into thinking they are helping mankind.

    The only ones who have not been duped are being branded “DENIERS”. Those who do not deny that the earth has gone through a period of warming yet are fearful of the consequences of ignoring the tell tail signs of the possibility of Global Cooling.

    Thankfully not everyone is a LEMMING!

  3. consider why?? it is we ARE supposed to pay more for FREE source power anyway!
    when they build a nuke plant gas or coal fired power plant they have massive infrastructures both in the building plant and ongoing maintenance and staffing etc of the plants.lets face it a few guys(contracted cheaper) in trucks doing the rounds is NOT like a fully staffed coal plant.
    with solar and wind its a ONE time ONLY investment for a lot less actual plant and equipment, especially when?
    the People are the fools paying to put the PV cells on their roof and maintain them etc. and Joe Public pays MORE sales and other taxes per capita then the damn mega corps do.
    he also pays more rate/land tax etc too.
    the govt Bribes citizens to do so with inflated Feed in Tariffs( for a while till the govt goes broke or wakes up) when theyre pulled its not so lush a deal.
    and the really poor folks who can LEAST afford rising power costs get their butts kicked by rising prices hiked for Carbon and assorted lies/taxes. and funding those lucrative subsidies.
    the generators should be laughing all the way to the banks, and they are. they get ecofreak handouts govt promotion ie solyndra, land either rate free or massive reductions on fees and ongoings. And they can and do charge far more per unit that its worth.
    I still laugh at usa shutting down and flogging off its ONLY functional RE company to the chinese.
    and the RE is the huge cost in wind turbines.

  4. Global warming is just one of the many tools of those in Power to grow bigger.If we just focus on Global Warming, We The People lose the battle. For them we are numbers, cattle, servants ,who have to be controled by their master.

    “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force;
    like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.”
    – George Washington

    The very essence of government is violent force. It is evil. All throughout history, government has served as the oppressor, an organization of hate, and as a tool of the most brutal tyrants.

    Government corrupts, abuses everything in its path, and wastes the wealth of its citizens. It sponsors inequality, confiscates private property, regulates the behavior of individuals, and persucutes crimes a mere pittance to its own. Then just for kicks, it debases the currency so it can steal yet more of its citizens wealth.

    Global Warming is not the problem Big Government is.

  5. A run of cold winters appears to be normal in climate fluctuations.

    When I grew up, the 1970s saw no snow in NW London from New Year 1971 to the autumn of 1979, save one morning in May in about 1975.

    From 1979 to 1987, we had several severe winters, with over a foot of snow in December 1981 in the Thames Valley and real cold. 1982/3 was mild, but 1984/5, 1985/6 and 1986/7 were all really hard. The first two of those saw the river in Cambridge freeze for several weeks. The last, when I lived in Glasgow, saw a whole week of blizzards in early January and total snow cover across the country.

    Then we had a period of increasingly mild winters again, which stopped again in 2009/10.

    I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but I think people should look at cyclical variations in the Hale Cycle first…….

  6. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s , we grew many acres [ several fields] of early potatoes on our farm. We always started planting from February 12th onwards.
    With the hard-frozen ground this year on February 7th , 8th and 9th , it’s obvious there could have been no early planting this year !!

  7. Vahrenholt is not the only German who will be casting extreme doubt on “global warming” currently,since Europe is suffering its fourth severe winter in a row.
    There is snow in Rome for the first time in 27 years ;Finland is recording minus 24 Celsius and the Ukraine a bone-chilling minus 36 Celsius.
    There is snow in North Africa, as the whole of Europe suffers a very cold February.
    14 months previously, a snow-bound UK endured the coldest December on record.
    Yet we were told that 2011 was the warmest year globally on record. Was this true? Dublin had its coldest June/July for years in 2011.
    I’d like to know how world temperatures are recorded properly. Urban heat growth , as cities expand around recording stations, cutting out wind etc , will increase temperatures at some built-up sites that have had thermometers for decades.
    If Europe is freezing so hard, what is the state of the Northern Siberian perma-frost and the Arctic Ocean at the moment ?
    The media will publicise pictures in High Summer , showing melting ice …….but we never see newspaper pictures of the frozen Arctic and Siberia during winter !!

  8. That makes perfect sense. Even West German utility companies understand the truth by now.
    At least they’re getting better. If they don’t believe that it’s getting colder, they shall go back to East Berlin ^_^

  9. Vahrenholt,has a “very good point” in this this article! We only account for the clouds”with the volcanic eruptions it gets alot more serious a full blown Ice age! this is a wild card in low solar activity with many worldwide volcanic eruptions! this is starting to happen with many showing signals of increased activity!and some last being active during the onset: of you know what? THE LAST ICE AGE!!!’Scary”!!!’prepare now!!!

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