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Helmut Schmidt, 1918 – 2015: West Germany’s Climate Sceptic Ex-Chancellor

Helmut Schmidt, who served as West German Chancellor from 1974 to 1982, has died aged 96. He was an outspoken critic of climate hysteria.

In a 2011 keynote speech to the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany’s most eminent science organisation, Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s former Chancellor, cast serious doubt on the integrity and credibility of the IPCC and called for an independent, scientific investigation into the IPCC’s questionable practices:

Responsibility of Scientific Research in the 21st Century. 

Address by Helmut Schmidt to the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, 11 January 2011


Global Warming: In addition to all the aforementioned problems caused by humans, we are also concerned, at the same time, by the phenomenon of global warming and its alleged consequences. We know that there have always been naturally occurring ice ages and warm periods; what we don’t know is how significant the human-induced contribution to present and future global warming is and will be.

The climate policy adopted by many governments is still in its infancy. The publications provided by an international group of scientists (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC) have encountered skepticism, especially since some of their researchers have shown themselves to be fraudsters (Betrüger). In any case, some governments’ publicly stated targets are far less scientific, but rather politically endorsed.

It seems to me that the time has come that one of our top scientific organisations should scrutinise, under the microscope, the work of the IPCC, in a critical and realistical way, and then present the resulting conclusions to the German public in a comprehensible manner. […]

Full lecture (in German) here

Translation B.P.