Study: German Youths Not Willing To Make Climate Sacrifices, Want Policymakers To Fix Problems

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By P Gosselin on 7. December 2021

By AR Göhring (EIKE)
(Translated/edited/condensed by P. Gosselin)

Image by Leonhard Lenz – own work, CC0,

The German Tagesschau reports that the 14-29 age goup don’t take the Fridays-For-Future protests as seriously as journalists thought.

Afraid, but unwilling

A study by Simon Schnetzer and Klaus Hurrelmann called Jugend in Deutschland (Youth in Germany) reveals some unsurprising attitudes of the generation under 30. The young people are most afraid – at least as expressed to the respondents – of climate change and poverty pensions. This is nothing new: A doomsday mood has been already widespread since decades: explosive nuclear power plants, nuclear war, forest dieback – and the coming ice age caused by industrial emissions. But there was no real deep belief because most of the future Greens enjoyed their privileges and made a real career and cash.

Policymakers should eliminate the problems

That the majority of young people believe in the man-made ice age is not surprising, but what apparently surprised the authors of the study is the attitude of the under-30s that policymakers should eliminate the problems, and that the youths themselves are not very willing to make sacrifices for climate protection. Quote:

Only a minority are willing muster the strength to face up to the great challenge and actively change their own lifestyle, although they themselves are strongly in favor of doing so. The vast majority are not yet ready to give up their cherished habits in the areas of consumption, mobility and nutrition and are waiting for politicians to help them make decisions.“

Love of travel

Specifically: 60% of the respondents regularly travel by car, whereby it should be noted that those under 18 were also asked. Only 19% and 27% respectively are “still” prepared to do without cars or air travel in the long term. I would question the “still”, since it is precisely the children of the upper income half who cultivate an anti-national cosmopolitan attitude, which is expressed in extensive air travel.

One example is the young photographer from the FFF report on ARD – we reported. The team of reporters stood with him in his room and filmed the world map behind him, which was partly peppered with photographs that the young man had probably taken himself. At the end of the film, he also said without any shyness that he would no longer demonstrate with FFF, but would start a world tour.

“Lazy children”…prerequisite for totalitarian, planned economic policies

Co-study director Hurrelmann noted something highly interesting:

The biggest obstacle to change is the comfort zone of the welfare state, in which the younger generation have comfortably settled after the example of their parents.“

He also writes that the lazy children of affluence can only be moved by “clear rules and guidelines through politics”, in other words: dictatorship. His diagnosis is correct: the welfare state, which takes care of everything, has turned the youngest into narcissistic, dependent citizens – the perfect prerequisite for totalitarian, planned economic policies.

It is doubtful that the green state will actually condemn its elitist fans to harsh cuts. On the one hand, Corona politics has also made life hell for many leftist academics. On the other hand, Annalena Baerbock once condemned the plans of a Green member of the Bundestag who wanted to allocate a flight quota to every German citizen. This would not affect the average worker, but it would affect the cosmopolitan children who are not as rich as millionaire’s daughter Luisa Neubauer. In fact, many of the respondents probably expect “the others”, i.e. the working low-income earners, to fulfil their wishes.

The only thing the respondents already do voluntarily is eat and drink vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian food, 44%! That is already a self-restraint that is something to be proud of. In addition, besides the 56% who are worried about climate, 48% and 46% respectively are worried about the collapse of the pension system and the consequences of inflation. This is astonishingly realistic, although the quantity media say little about it. No wonder, their milieu is causing the problems by redistributing wealth away from care homes to the NGOs and mansions.

What do respondents expect from the future socialist-green-liberal government? 59% to secure the pension systems (working people?), 54% a climate-friendly future (elitists?), 49% want the digitalization of the education system – presumably a consequence of the Corona policy.

Less than 20% fear COVID

Speaking of which, what about the consequences of the botched Corona protection measures? 40% of the respondents are still mentally distressed, and almost 70% are transfused/vaccinated – with less than 20% fearing Sars2 infection.

One fifth were vaccine refusers or critics, which corresponds quite closely to the rate of nonconformists that has been found time and again (for example, Asch’s experiment on obedience).

Who actually conducted the study? Chief advisor Prof. Hurrelmann belongs to the Hertie School, Respondi AG conducted the on-site interviews, and the statistics were compiled by the Allensbach Institute.

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December 8, 2021 2:40 am

I’ve known for some time the success of the watermelons has seen their converts simply believe it’s a matter of Big Gummint and Big Biz fixing the problem at no cost to them. That’s because solar and wind are free from Gaia aren’t they? That will even run their automobiles for free too. Just jump aboard the Green gravy train.

Meanwhile thank God for climate change in Oz-
Palaeontologists uncover 112-million-year-old ‘monstrous dolphin’ in outback Queensland (
We’ve got quite enough critters with big teeth at present in the water.

December 8, 2021 3:25 am

The over engorged sense of entitlement that has been instilled in the last couple of generations was, in my view, always going to be a problem when it comes to the idea of actually making sacrifices for the environment. 

In this topsy-turvy world, workers make demands about what they are prepared to work on

“Staff at Publishing house Hachette have threatened to quit unless the company cancels its association with JK Rowling and scraps plans to publish her new book because they argue the author is ‘transphobic’.”

This is a feature in tech companies nowadays. They clearly need more Dave Chappelles.

The young have been really messed up. That in itself will take a very long time to put right if it ever can be; they’ve just started teaching the concept of white supremacy to nursery age children, ie 1 or 2 to 4 or 5 years old. I would imagine it isn’t so different in Germany.

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Reply to  fretslider
December 8, 2021 9:54 am

But it is always the assumption that Government should fix it, so, here too, the Government should fix it. The first step would be to get the Government (which runs the schools) to get rid of the revisionism and go back to teaching reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. And civics, if they can find any teachers who can teach it neutrally.

Mark Shulgasser
Reply to  fretslider
December 8, 2021 5:05 pm

I hope their resignations have been accepted.

Zig Zag Wanderer
December 8, 2021 3:49 am

German Youths Not Willing To Make Climate Sacrifices, Want Policymakers To Fix Problems

Socialism in action. We don’t want to do anything, we want someone else to do something!

Later, they find out that they have to pay for it, and are then controlled by the government. *sigh*

“history does not repeat, but it rhymes.”

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Bryan A
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 8, 2021 6:33 am

These Yahoos are too dim to realize they’re walking and talking in circles. Legislation is not needed to eliminate fossil fuel usage. If they want it to end they need to Stop Utilizing Fossil Fuel Energy and stop using Petrochemical derived goods

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Bryan A
December 8, 2021 9:12 am

Exactly! I’ve never understood why cutting the use of fossil fuels is supposed to cost the world trillions of dollars. Cutting your use should save money, shouldn’t it?

Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
December 8, 2021 10:54 am

… and shorten your lifespan too.

Very little gets accomplished other than freezing to death.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 8, 2021 11:30 pm

The usual socialist calls demanding freebies because the world owes them a living just because they were born.

Doc Chuck
Reply to  LdB
December 9, 2021 12:17 am

And that’s the key to understanding these demanding pampered youth, LdB. They are still thoroughly un-grownup children who have so long been accustomed to their dependent existence as children and have tragicly been unprepared by their elders to in their turn advance toward a role as adult providers for the next generation they will spawn. Wisdom should not only grace those with some length of life experience for their own good, but also to benefit their vulnerably naive descendants.

David Elstrom
December 8, 2021 5:12 am

The new euphemism for tyranny and despotism seems to be “politicians helping [people] make decisions.” Judging from the politicians’ actions—for example with Kung Flu— “helping” includes fines, arrests, public shaming, loss of livelihood, beatings, and forced quarantine (read Australian gulags). What’s next? Firing squads?

Reply to  David Elstrom
December 8, 2021 8:50 am

“We are freeing men from the responsibilities of freedom, which only a few men can bear.”
“What great luck for rulers that people do not think.”
–Adolph Hitler

Reply to  David Elstrom
December 8, 2021 11:13 am

What’s next? Firing squads?

There are actually people seriously suggesting #xecuting people who refuse the vaccine. So far nobody significant, but that people are even thinking it is pretty scary.

December 8, 2021 5:26 am

I’ve been assured by some ‘merica youts that they are much smarter than youts of past, due to ‘puters. No need for memorization when googling exists.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Ghowe
December 8, 2021 5:44 am

‘Puters & smart phones. Smart phones for dumb bunnies.

Reply to  Ghowe
December 8, 2021 11:02 am

If the computer says 1 + 1 = 1 then it must be true. The reliance on a distant server for answers replaces real life.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Ghowe
December 8, 2021 10:33 pm

It is the inability to process the information that gobsmacks me.

We have a Grad Programme at my Day Job. Some are very good. Some.

The rest are completely oblivious to how inexperienced they are and cut straight to the conclusions.

Then defend the conclusions even when you explain to them how they are wrong.

December 8, 2021 6:04 am

I asked a supporter of Extinction Rebellion if she had given up using fossil fuels. In reply she said she did not need to stop using fossil fuels until everybody else had done so. “My personal usage is irrelevant because this requires all of humanity to stop, not just one person.”

Bryan A
Reply to  Alba
December 8, 2021 6:36 am

They don’t understand “Supply and Demand”

Perhaps I should have stopped at…
They don’t understand…

Jeffery P
Reply to  Alba
December 8, 2021 7:17 am

That’s my official position, too. There is no point in the US curtailing it’s fossil fuel use unless the big emitters do as well. That’s good public policy.

And it’s bad personal policy. Too bad our leaders have things backward. If they want less fossil fuel usage, they need to make personal examples. Our ruling class want others to make the sacrifices.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Jeffery P
December 8, 2021 10:41 pm

If they want fossil fuel reductions they need to stop propping up the alternatives.

Governments basically pay people to use solar and if they keep doing that then solar will never be forced to streamline their processes enough to reduce their costs AND to prove it can work as a valid supply under a maximised range of conditions.

If you don’t then it is just welfare. Sure there is a time and place for welfare, but when welfare comes more attractive in a cost analysis than working for your living, then people tend to (spoiler) not work.

Being honest here – if welfare allowed me to do all my hobbies and still pay rent, I wouldn’t get a Day Job. I work partly for the job satisfaction and sense of worth, but mainly for the large amounts of $$$.

John the Econ
Reply to  Alba
December 8, 2021 8:43 am

I’d make it more personal: You are right, compared to China what you do in the US in terms of consumption makes no measurable difference. Are you prepared to be drafted to go to war with China to make real change?

Alan Morrow
December 8, 2021 6:08 am

Reminds me of a song from my youth. “I’d love to change the world” from the British band – Ten Years After (1971).

”Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you”

Jeffery P
Reply to  Alan Morrow
December 8, 2021 7:14 am

Boy, ain’t that just how these things work? One way to eliminate wealth disparity is to help the poor move up into the middle class. The other way is to bring down those with more. The left doesn’t know how to improve anything and only knows how to destroy.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Jeffery P
December 8, 2021 7:42 am

reminds me of the old Russian joke about working endlessly to make their neighbors are as poor as they are….

MM from Canada
Reply to  Robert Hanson
December 8, 2021 9:20 am

“reminds me of the old Russian joke about working endlessly to make their neighbors are as poor as they are….”
Fits right in with “we pretend to work and the government pretends to pay us.”

Bob Weber
December 8, 2021 6:19 am

– and the coming ice age caused by industrial emissions” and

That the majority of young people believe in the man-made ice age is not surprising…”

These two statements associate expected cooling as man-made, the first time I’ve seen this description. I think they are accepting a cold period ahead but are gaslighting as usual about the cause. Let’s see how far they take this false ‘man-made ice age’ propaganda line.

We are currently in a solar cooling mode for the next year or so, to be interrupted again by solar warming, as it did during the last solar cycle.

Current solar cooling is normal, predicted by me; not due to the fake ‘grand solar minimum’.

Bryan A
December 8, 2021 6:30 am

Did I read this right??

This is nothing new: A doomsday mood has been already widespread since decades: explosive nuclear power plants, nuclear war, forest dieback – and the coming ice age caused by industrial emissions.

I was under the impression that “industrial emissions” we’re causing “Global Warming” and now they will cause the next INEVITABLE Ice Age.
Gee the next Milankovitch cooling cycle will be due to industrial emissions…whoda thunkit

John Endicott
Reply to  Bryan A
December 8, 2021 7:35 am
Rory Forbes
Reply to  Bryan A
December 8, 2021 10:31 am

Once people have swallowed the lie that humans are noticeably affecting the world’s weather, it doesn’t much matter if you call it warming or cooling. There’s an inexhaustible supply of bad weather and plenty of authoritarian bureaucrats to draw it to our attention.

Patrick MJD
December 8, 2021 6:42 am

There are plenty of examples of “civilisations” terminating itself. This is nothing new. Glad I will be gone well before it reaches its peak this time around.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 8, 2021 9:17 am

I have a feeling I’ll be gone before we reach peak stupidity

(I don’t mean you or your comment)

John Endicott
Reply to  Redge
December 9, 2021 5:15 am

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. – Albert Einstein

Michael in Dublin
December 8, 2021 6:56 am

Over fifty years ago I discovered how stupid university students could be. This was when we still had to get information by reading books and get our news from newspapers and the radio.

Today’s students have a treasure trove of information literally at their fingertips but their ability to read with understanding and their critical abilities are dismal. If pupils have not learnt to think deeply and reason carefully by the time they complete their schooling, they should not be admitted to university. Such people are unable to find solutions by working from first principles and far too dependent on parrot learning.

All this indicates why students are the wrong people to tell governments what to do and to tell educators what to teach. They need to work hard to complete a degree that leads to beneficial work – no Mickey Mouse degrees. Once they have done this and spent some years working productively in the real world, they will be able to give their government good advice. Hopefully, they will also have voted for politicians who are wise enough to recognize and accept good advice.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
December 8, 2021 11:15 pm

One of the myths of modern society is that Higher Education is this grand and moral thing that shares out it’s collection of wisdom in a sage like manner, probably while dressed as Dumbledore.


It is a business.

They are not there to provide society what it needs. They are there to provide fee paying students (or student loan paying students) with whatever they are willing to sign up to study for.

There is a level of feedback driving the process. Students need to show interest or courses will not be created to be offered in the first place, but the vast majority of these hobby degrees exist purely to fill up wallet shaped hole in the future student’s life. Industry is not driving the need for generations skilled in the application of Intersectional Baskets or whatever they study now days, it is the generation of people who are never going to be part of the economy in the first place.

Universities offer and the masses apply.

And then, instead of being a blinding shining light of an expert ready to change the world – even with a real STEM based degree – you are just someone with 4 years of book learning based on what may already be obsolete industry practices. You are likely to be working with people with 20+ years hands on experience who have been following (or in some cases setting) the current industry trends.

This is how higher education works. Or more correctly doesn’t work. It’s main function is to keep the unemployable youths out of the already crowded job market for a few more years.

In our current times the correct response to some bright eyed 20 something telling you they have a university degree is “Sorry”.

John Garrett
December 8, 2021 7:03 am

In today’s NPR report ( ) Rob Schmitz somehow (and I don’t know how short of willful ignorance) managed to COMPLETELY miss the elephant in the room.

Olaf Scholz’ biggest challenge is going to be how to keep the lights from going out in Germany.

Germany’s INSANE energy policies (arising from the INSANE belief in the evidence-light “Catastrophic/dangerous, CO2-driven anthropogenic global warming/climate change” CONJECTURE) have already resulted in skyrocketing prices for natural gas and a steep rise in coal-fired electricity generation.

NPR has, of course, intentionally and deliberately, failed to report the skyrocketing prices of both electricity and natural gas in Europe and Asia.

Why does LNG cost 5× more in Europe and Asia than it does in the U.S. ?????  


John the Econ
Reply to  John Garrett
December 8, 2021 8:44 am

Perhaps missing the elephant in the room is the point.

very old white guy
December 8, 2021 7:08 am

No one has to change anything anyway.

John the Econ
December 8, 2021 8:35 am

In modern Progressivism, it’s always up to someone else to do the real work, and to pay for it.

They’ll virtue signal all day, but when push comes to shove, they’re not willing to push or shove it it means any sacrifice on their part. Bill Maher, of all people nailed this: New Rule: OK, Zoomer

Reply to  John the Econ
December 8, 2021 9:20 am

That’s really funny and true

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  John the Econ
December 8, 2021 9:24 am

Thanks for the link! Hilarious!!

December 8, 2021 9:03 am

Obviously the solution is to have the Stasi arrest CO2 and lock it up where it can’t do any harm.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  MarkW
December 8, 2021 10:36 am

Isn’t that the whole idea behind CO2 sequestration? Never mind using actual science any longer, just accept the verdict that CO2 is “pollution” and lock it up.

December 8, 2021 9:08 am

I don’t believe 44% of German youth rarely or don’t eat meat

I can believe 44% of German youth say they rarely or don’t eat meat

K. McNeill
Reply to  Redge
December 8, 2021 11:16 am

You obviously believe the wurst ofGerman youth

Reply to  K. McNeill
December 8, 2021 11:00 pm


Not just German youth

Reply to  Redge
December 8, 2021 1:40 pm

It’s like most polls … 44% of the respondents.

(what type of people respond to this type of poll?)

Robert of Texas
Reply to  Redge
December 8, 2021 1:46 pm

Have you SEEN the price of meat lately? They didn’t say they didn’t WANT to eat meat, they probably just can’t afford to!

Hoyt Clagwell
December 8, 2021 9:11 am

This is at the core of American liberalism too. There is this idea among liberals that the very idea of government is to have a group of powerful people to take care of all of your needs. The American liberal wants all of their basic needs “provided” to them. Education, health care, housing, food, and so on. When these leaders fail to provide everything adequately, the solution is never to provide for oneself. The solution is to simply replace the politician and maybe this time, they’ll get everything they want “provided” to them. It is why Americans in liberal cities keep voting for democrats no matter how many people end up living in the streets and plagued by crime. They don’t see any fault in the concept of a government taking care of the people, the fault always lies with the particular politician. “I elected you to do things for me so I don’t have to do anything myself!”

Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
December 8, 2021 10:23 am

On another of our articles, we have a regular who is arguing that having government provide, for free, anything you need to live, is a human right.

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  MarkW
December 8, 2021 10:50 am

They never figure out that somebody has to work to be able provide anything. How can forcing others to work to provide you free stuff be a human right? Isn’t that called slavery?

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
December 10, 2021 1:56 pm

Hoyt, you are spot on not just about American liberalism but also European liberalism. I told a politician knocking at my door looking for votes that I would support someone who promoted individual responsibility, smaller government, wise budgeting and paying back debt etc but these are as rare as four leaved clover. I suspect he viewed me as an extreme right wing nut despite not sharing their basic philosophy.

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December 8, 2021 9:32 am

“coming ice age caused by industrial emissions”

I think I must have missed something…

Robert of Texas
Reply to  TonyG
December 8, 2021 1:47 pm

That was the strong belief of activists in the 1970’s, right before they found out it was warming again and the cooling had stopped.

December 8, 2021 9:33 am

When one actually counters with the physics of the atmosphere, thereby identifying the absurdities they knowingly regurgitate, they evaporate back into the woodwork.

The following is the crux of the ‘climate change’ canard, and it’s so self-evident that even the Marxist youth Greta Thunberg gets it…we’ll use the Socratic Method of learning and inquiry where I ask and answer the questions, the last reply being the usual reply one would expect from a ‘climate change’ deceiver…

(1) When does the surface release longwave infrared radiation (LWIR) that carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide absorb to heat the planet?

Answer: Nighttime.*

(2) Do nitrogen and oxygen absorb LWIR?

Answer: Very little, approximately 5% due to collision with other molecules.

(3) So what heats the surface and atmosphere during the daytime hours?

Answer: Thermal energy, of course.

(4) How much energy is represented by thermal energy?

Answer: I don’t know.

Reply: 18Wm2.**

Reply: Okay, so?

Reply: 358.2 Wm2** in the form of LWIR heats the nighttime hours, we’re told, so what keeps the Earth from freezing over during the daytime, crushing all life under trillions of tons of ice with a mere 18Wm2 of thermal energy?

Reply: You’re a science denier!

See how easy it is to make Marxists look like buffoons to even elementary students! Energy levels are reversed, of course, where daytime hours = 358.2 Wm2, with nighttime hours = 18.4Wm2. And a warming planet is due to the increase of man-made heat sinks on the surface (cities, roads, metallic vehicles, etc.) absorbing greater amounts of radiation from the Sun, where carbon dioxide is the industrial by-product that actually tempers the increased heat emitted by man-made surface objects via atmospheric convection, where the less heat-retaining [denser] carbon dioxide molecules displace the greater heat-retaining [less dense] nitrogen and oxygen molecules, thereby cooling the area of displacement.

The fact that such conferences are taking place identifies the depth of the Marxist co-option of institutions.
* “In the daytime, the sun shines through the atmosphere [thermally] warming the Earth’s surface [where’s conduction that also warms the atmosphere?]. After the Sun goes down, Earth’s surface cools. This releases [longwave infrared radiation] heat back into the air. But, some of that [longwave infrared radiation] heat is trapped [sic] by the gasses in the atmosphere.”

Fast-forward 46 seconds.

[Notice that NASA plays coy with its admission that longwave infrared radiation can only be released at night, where I’ve had to use brackets to fill-in the particulars.]


Reply to  Dean M Jackson
December 8, 2021 10:25 am

Stopped reading when you repeated your absurd claim that LWIR is only emitted at night.

When your first condition is blatantly wrong, nothing that follows can have any worth.

Robert of Texas
Reply to  MarkW
December 8, 2021 1:54 pm

Yes, caught that as well. Also, long wave radiation and/or “Heat” is not “trapped” in the atmosphere – this is a silly claim although often made. Some of if is absorbed, the resulting energy can be transferred to other molecules, and some of the absorbed energy is re-emitted as long wave in a random direction. No where in this process is it ever trapped.

Hot air in a real greenhouse is “trapped”. So the greenhouse effect is just a silly analogy.

Jeff corbin
December 8, 2021 9:43 am

The American Almost Revolution 1968, the draft ends1974 by1980 the revolutionaries became corporate raiders and Reagan Libertarians but some remain loyal to the cause while making a living on federal subsidized or government paid jobs. If it were not for the pandemic they all would be cruising the globe finishing their bucket list.. And now many have giant Roth IRA and 401K accounts. Power to the fearful and easily duped people to save the planet and line the pockets and empower the few behind the smoke and mirrors.

Jeff corbin
Reply to  Jeff corbin
December 8, 2021 9:47 am

Power to the people who think they will never be safe again…who can the blame now?.

December 8, 2021 9:44 am

Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. The hypocrisy of the green movement is blatant. They can talk the talk but not walk the walk.

December 8, 2021 9:51 am

I continue to be amused that protests in non-English speaking nations have banners in English.

As to Germany’s energy situation, here is an article from The Atlantic (!):

The West’s Nuclear Mistake (

Schadenfreude is so inapprorpiate, as all the Western countries seem bent upon self-destruction.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
December 8, 2021 10:28 am

I think it was the bombing of Libya, perhaps back when Reagan was in office.
A reporter was being shown a bombed out factory. The reporter found on the ground, a hand written, undamaged sign, in English that read “Baby Food Factory”.

By the next day, headlines around the world declared “US bombing Baby Food Factories in Libya”.

December 8, 2021 10:45 am

Here are a few pointed questions for German youth.
Who pays the electric bills in Germany?
Who’s willing to end month long holiday with foreign travel?
Who’s willing to close half of the German auto plants?
and Who’s willing to personally invest their time and energy in checking climate science methods, data, models, and scary prediction track record?

December 8, 2021 10:58 am
Andy Espersen
December 8, 2021 11:28 am

Those young folks show excellent sense, in my estimation. Fact is that their mature, adult, political masters can easily “do something to fix the problem”.

That, basically, is to doing nothing at all – except stop throwing money to the wind (excuse my pun), i.e. ignore all IPCC doomsday prophesies and immediately invest hugely in new, coal fired and nuclear fired power plants. And when those terrible, scary climate change disasters are actually upon us (e.g. rising sea levels), adapt sensibly to them one way or the other – as the Dutch did it for hundreds of years. The terrible extreme weather events, of course, should just be treated the way we always did it – humankind are used to that.

Alas, I am 86 – so would look absolutely out of place among those German youths – but I feel like joining them! Of course guv’ments should do something.

December 8, 2021 2:06 pm

Very interesting finding – how could young Germans worry about future pension poverty? They cannot even understand current affairs.

Easy – they see their parents and grandparents already in poverty!

So can the geniuses at Hertie Foundation explain that?
No – they do not go there in US Berkeley tradition!.

The youth see it is already here even if the idiots do not go there!

December 8, 2021 2:15 pm

Asking people to make personal sacrifices for better weather is where the rubber meets the road and where the wheels start to fall off the ‘Climate Change’ Bandwagon.

Forrest Gardener
December 8, 2021 3:18 pm

Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way. Oh what’s the matter with kids today?

Shoki Kaneda
December 8, 2021 4:44 pm

Won’t make sacrifices but want more government. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

Nikhil Sharma
December 9, 2021 1:58 am

But it is always the assumption that Government should fix it, so, here too, the Government should fix it. The first step would be to get the Government (which runs the schools) to get rid of revisionism and go back to teaching reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic. And civics, if they can find any teachers who can teach it neutrally.
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