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The man duped is Fritz Vahrenholt, a former global warming advocate and leftwing environmentalist in Germany. The words were spoken in a long and detailed interview in Der Spiegel. Read it all, as it demonstrates without question that Vahrenholt has done his research about the complexities of climate research as well as the flaws and dishonesty contained within the IPCC reports. However, he gets to the nub of the matter when he is asked why he has taken on the role of a climate skeptic with such passion.
Renewable energy is near and dear to me, and I’ve been fighting for its expansion for more than 30 years. My concern is 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 costs for wind and solar (energy). Then the conversion of our energy supply will lack the necessary acceptance.
To put it another way, he has realized that the lies and half-truths coming out of the environmental movement have actually done the movement great harm. He has realized that it is far better to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, then fake it and be later found a liar.
Sadly, too many in the environmental movement and its advocates in the science community have not learned this lesson, and for this reason no one believes them any more, even when they are right.
Vahrenholt is now doing all he can to correct the problem. For this we should all give him our full support.