‘Spiegel Online’ publiceerde onlangs een uitstekend artikel van wetenschapsredacteur Axel Bojanowski over de wijdverbreide desinformatie die er rond klimaatverandering wordt verspreid, en de schaamteloze exploitatie van de klimaathype door het overdrijven van weersextremen. Voorbeelden zijn de Duitse spoorwegen de verzekeringsbranche, in het bijzonder Munich Re, en alarmistische klimaatwetenschappers, zoals Stefan Rahmstorf van het Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK).
Onder de titel, ‘Surprise! Spiegel Online Slams Profiteering From Climate Alarmism… Munich Re Admits: “No Climate Signal”’, rapporteerde Pierre Gosselin in het Engels daarover op zijn website. Ik pik er een aantal elementen uit.:
Foaming at the mouth
Bojanowski’s piece has since found much praise and positive reaction for its content. For example high profile meteorologist Jörg Kachelmann tweeted:
Recently the Swiss meteorologist Kachelmann came under harsh attack from Potsdam scientist Stefan Rahmstorf and a leading German Green politician – for having the nerve to give the real facts on storm frequency and intensity on a television talk round that included Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber.
Seasoned journalist Michael Miersch also tweeted: “The best that I’ve ever read on the instrumentalization of climate change.”
German Railway: climate change as a cover for poor management
Bojanowski begins by describing how today the German Railway (Deutsche Bundesbahn) – once heralded for its outstanding punctuality and overall efficiency – has discovered how to use climate change to deflect blame away from its recent poor management, which over the years has often led to lousy service.
Over the years, the Bundesbahn has made the maintenance of its tracks a victim to cost cutting. Trees and vegetation along the tracks no longer get sufficiently cut back, and so it is common for routes to get blocked during stormy weather. What better excuse than climate change could the Deutsche Bahn have to explain all the disruptions?
Data in fact show no increasing trend in extreme weather
All the cancellations, service shutdowns and delays are of course due to ever increasing storm intensity and frequency, the Deutsche Bahn management likes to claim, and they get the full backing of the media, policymakers and alarmist climate scientists. Yet Bojanowski calls out these claims by the Bundesbahn for what they are: lame excuses based on hyped up science.
The Spiegel journalist writes that a number of scientists have shown that there has in fact been no increase in storm intensity and frequency in Europe, commenting:
That’s amazing, as many scientists anticipate fewer storms in Central Europe as a consequence of climate change.”
Munich Re bilking the public with climate hype?
Another industry caught hyping up extreme weather activity is the reinsurance industry, which insures regular insurance companies against major claims events. The reason for the added hype: justification for hefty premium increases, Bojanowski suggests.
Munich Re admits no real climate signal
One company Bojanowski cites is the world’s largest reinsurer, Munich Re, which annually publishes a report on “natural catastrophes”, in which the company likes to blame climate change, cite alarmist experts and claim there is today a “new normal”. When asked by Spiegel to comment concerning data showing that it isn’t really so, a climate expert from Munch Re was forced to admit:
The blanket statement that weather-dependent damages worldwide show a climate signal cannot be supported.”
So even the Munich Re knows their claims are hype, yet they continue preaching climate doom and gloom.
Bojanowski also accuses the reinsurers and alarmist climate scientists of “staying silent on claims from the scientific community that it’s all very much in dispute“. ….
Unfortunately Spiegel — in its otherwise praiseworthy article — failed to mention two other parties who have a major stake in climate hype: the media (like Spiegel itself), who have profited immensely from spectacular climate claims, and politicians, who unabashedly exploit climate catastrophism to try to gain more control over society.
And let’s not even bring up the wind and solar energy industry, where trillions have been committed in part based on gross climate alarmism of the sort Spiegel has long peddled.
Aldus Pierre Gosselin.
Maar ‘Der Spiegel’ heeft zich nu kennelijk bekeerd. Het zal tijd worden.
Ik zeg u: Zo zal er in de hemel meer vreugde zijn over één zondaar die zich bekeert, dan over negenennegentig rechtvaardigen die geen bekering nodig hebben.