The so-called “climate consensus” continues to fall apart. Fritz Vahrenholt, a prominent German green energy investor and formerly full-throated climateer, has announced his defection. Writing in the Telegraph, Vahrneholt says:
For many years, I was an active supporter of the IPCC and its CO2 theory. Recent experience with the UN’s climate panel, however, forced me to reassess my position. In February 2010, I was invited as a reviewer for the IPCC report on renewable energy. I realised that the drafting of the report was done in anything but a scientific manner. The report was littered with errors and a member of Greenpeace edited the final version. These developments shocked me. I thought, if such things can happen in this report, then they might happen in other IPCC reports too. . .
[T]he IPCC’s current climate models cannot explain the climate history of the past 10,000 years. But if these models fail so dramatically in the past, how can they help to predict the future?
The other notable defector is James Lovelock, the originator of the much-beloved (by the greens) “Gaia-hypothesis,” which in general terms means the entire Earth should be conceived as one big closely interconnected ecosystem. As The Guardian reports, “Lovelock predicted in 2006 that by this century’s end ‘billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable’.” Now, he’s striking a different note, as reported in the Daily Mail:
He was once a guru to environmentalists, claiming climate change would kill billions of humans by the end of this century.
But it seems James Lovelock has had a change of heart.
On the eve of a major environmental summit, he has attacked the modern green movement – declaring its theories ‘meaningless drivel’.
Almost half a century after he revealed his Gaia theory, which inspired a generation of activists, the former Nasa scientists said he believed that rising sea levels were not a problem and that wind turbines were ‘useless’.
The 92-year-old described the modern green movement as a ‘religion’, which used guilt to gain support.
Speaking about climate change, he said: ‘I’m not worried about sea-level rises.’
He added: ‘At worst, I think it will be 2ft a century.’
Slamming environmentalists, he said: ‘It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion.