Remember that Paris Agreement signed in 2016 that the environmental extremists are demanding the west follow in order to save the planet from Climate Change. Well, surprise, surprise, apparently China got a free ride.
In an interview with Hamburger Abendblatt, Fritz Vahrenholt, who has a doctorate in Chemistry and was behind Germany’s radical shift to green energy as he formerly served as Germany’s Senator for the environment and wind management, explains why he has since changed his mind.
FV: There is one aspect in the climate debate that I find far too brief. Our reference value is always the year 1850, the beginning of the industrial age. But what hardly anyone knows is that the Little Ice Age, the coldest period in the last 2000 years, ended then. The average value of the last 2000 years alone is about 0.4 degrees higher than in 1850 – completely without the greenhouse effect.
On the benefits of more C02 and warming:
FV: In the last 100 years, neither the frequency of droughts nor heavy precipitation has increased globally. However, due to warming and increasing CO2, the area of foliage worldwide is growing by the size of the Federal Republic of Germany every year. Over the past 50 years, plant biomass has increased by 30 percent. And because of the increase in CO2, the yields of wheat, rice and other fruits have grown by 15 percent, and the world’s food situation has been significantly improved. I do not want to trivialise CO2, it is a greenhouse gas. But it is also not desirable to return to pre-1850 levels.
On Communist China and the Paris Agreement:
FV: No. But the Paris Agreement has structural shortcomings. It has stipulated that China, as a developing country, may still emit 50% more CO2 in coming years. If we halve our emissions in Germany from 0.8 billion to 0.4 billion tonnes, than that is equivalent to China’s annual increase. There, 245 coal-fired power plants will still be connected to the grid, and there are 1600 coal-fired power plants worldwide, most of them with Chinese assistance. India is happy because 56 coal mines have been opened there and now every village is supplied with electricity.
If Climate Change is as bad as they claim, how could China, the world’s largest producer of CO2, be exempt? It’s all a facade because everyone knew China wasn’t going to reduce its CO2 emissions anyway, so they wrote an exemption into the agreement.
Then there the problems with Green energy. We remember over the summer, how California had to cut power to tens of thousands of homes during a heat wave because of the unreliability of Green Energy. READ: California Suffers 2nd Day of Blackouts as Wind, Solar Power Falter
Well, Germany has just ordered 11 gas turbines off GE after previously buying wind turbines off the same company that ended up destabilizing its electricity network. Yes, in order for Green to work it needs carbon.
Then there was that one kilometre solar road that cost French taxpayers over 5.2 million Euro. Wattway was supposed to produce up to 150,000 kWH a year providing electricity for 5,000 people. Of course, they used the old environmental trick of saying this is the most it could produce, provided nothing went wrong. Lots did. Apparently Wattway’s major Achilles heel was leaves covering its solar panels. Over the three years it produced 270,000 kWH, and would have taken 400 years to pay for. In the final year before the government dug it up, Wattway produced 40,000 kWH. READ: What if we covered the roads with solar panels
And in the US: