German politicians openly admit they are trying to squelch any mention in the IPCC report of the recent 15 year pause in global temperature rise.


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German politicians openly admit they are trying to squelch any mention in the IPCC report of the recent 15 year pause in global temperature rise.

Despite resistance from many researchers, the German ministries insist that it is important not to detract from the effectiveness of climate change warnings by discussing the past 15 years’ lack of global warming. Doing so, they say, would result in a loss of the support necessary for pursuing rigorous climate policies. “Climate policy needs the element of fear,” [German Green Party politician Hermann] Ott openly admits. “Otherwise, no politician would take on this topic.”

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Research would prefer to leave any discussion of the global warming hiatus entirely out of the new IPCC report summary. “In climate research, changes don’t count until they’ve been observed on a timescale of 30 years,” claims one delegate participating in the negotiations on behalf of German Research Minister Johanna Wanka of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The Ministry for the Environment’s identical stance: “Climate fluctuations that don’t last very long are not scientifically relevant.” [emphasis mine]

I must admire the Green Party politician for admitting that his approach to science and politics is the use of fear. He might be the most honest, if fascist, politician in the world!

The IPCC and the climate science community should be warned, however. Their reputation for honest science is already in the tank. If the IPCC report to be released later this week makes believe that the climate pause hasn’t happened their ability to persuade anyone will be gone forever.

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  • Edward

    “‘In climate research, changes don’t count until they’ve been observed on a timescale of 30 years,’ claims one delegate…”

    I‘m a bit confused, so correct me if I’m wrong. But weren’t the Germans warning about global warming *before* 30 years into the previous warming period? Did that warming period even last 30 years?

    Why didn’t that delegate have his name associated with that statement?

    At least “Germany’s highest-ranking climate researcher, physicist Jochem Marotzke, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology” is pushing back. It looks like in Germany, global warming is a political issue, not a scientific one. (I’m sorry, ignore my laughter; I just can’t help laughing at my own joke. Of course it is political the world over.)

    “To ensure it remains the sole authority on climate predictions, the panel plans not to publish the complete report for some time after the release of the summary and not even release transcripts from the negotiations in Stockholm.

    “This despite the IPCC’s promise for more transparency after hair-raising mistakes in the last assessment report — from 2007 — emerged three years ago and tarnished the panel’s credibility.”

    Yeah, protecting their tarnished credibility at the expense of real science is definitely political. And does not protect their credibility.

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