The author of “Seven Tales of Energy Transition?” André de Thies on climate change as a serious scientific discovery considers it inappropriate to deny the man-made part. But much of the measures discussed for power transmission interferes with the current. Through his book, he wants to point out the contradictions and give the reader a tool to “distinguish between true climate protection and Pippi Longstocking’s climate protection.” It shows how you can verify metrics for their effectiveness in roughly rated values.
Thess, director of the Institute of Thermodynamics of Technology at DLR, lists three examples of common errors up front: How ridiculous it is to dispense with a plastic cup on long trips; That – contrary to what Deutsche Bahn announced – it is physically impossible to travel by train with 100 percent green electricity in 2018; In addition, the occupiers of the Hambach Forest are not environmentalists, they are “criminals”.
In the next seven chapters, he uses examples of “bad combustion engine” and “good electric vehicle”, insulation requirements, power transmission costs and aircraft to show what emissions savings are. And at the end of the book he presents metrics that he believes can really help.
Theiss urges fact-checkers and think tanks to be skeptical. He accuses the German Research Center “Corrective” of mixing opinions and facts and reveals how research institutions reached their results. In principle, he would like factual arguments and opinions to be disclosed with more transparency.
But in addition to realistic facts, personal preferences are also important, and they should not be ignored. Theiss states several times that in a democracy, citizens have the right to freely choose their priorities, as they are not bound by scientific knowledge. Declaring a climate emergency would endanger democracy because it would deprive the electorate of decision-making power.
Tess constantly demonstrates his displeasure, especially regarding prohibitions and duress. For example, it speaks against state-defined building insulation. On the bill, it compares the amount of carbon dioxide2 By these measures and how many greenhouse gases are generated during the production of insulation material – which is often not taken into account and results in roughly the same proportion.