European Institute for Climate and Energy

European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)

 Background

Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie (EIKE), the European Institute for Climate and Energy in English, is a German nonprofit organization of climate change skeptics founded in February 2007 in Hanover.

The group has hosted a conference on climate change in Europe, which often brings many of the same speakers as the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change in the US. EIKE has also co-hosted the Heartland Institute's conferences in the past.

EIKE's slogan is “Nicht das Klima ist bedroht, sondern unsere Freiheit! Umweltschutz: Ja! Klimaschutz: Nein,” which roughly translates to “Not the climate is at risk, but our freedom! Environmental protection: Yes! Climate protection: No.” [1]

EIKErejects any 'climate policy'” that would cause increases in takes while supporting the creation of “policy initiatives” by “providing scientific expertise. Holger J. Thuss, president of EIKE, and is also the co-founder of CFACT Europe. EIKE's general secretary, Wolfgang Müller, is also responsible for the Climate Change Programme of CFACT.  [2], [3]

Stance on Climate Change

“The assertion of 'man-made climate change' is not justified as a science and therefore a fraud.” [2]

“In a comprehensive examination … we have no justifiable causal CO2 global warming, but periodic temperature fluctuations [of] normal proportions. Accordingly, the atmosphere since 1998 - so for 10 years - [has] not warmed since 2003 and it is actually much cooler again.” [17]

 Funding

According to their website, EIKE is funded by voluntary contributions from its members and donations. [2]

SourceWatch reports that EIKE denies ever receiving funding from the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)[3]

Key People

EIKE listed the following people on their website as of October, 2015:  [4]

In the past (as of 2011), EIKE also listed Wolfgang Müller as its General Secretary. [5]

Advisory Board

According to EIKE's website,  Advisory Board Members include: [6]

 Actions

February 3, 2015

EIKEs Jürgen Langeheine released a study suggesting that global temperatures are dropping which “do not match with the carbon dioxide hypothesis.” [7]

His study was mentioned in an article by the Daily Caller by Michael Bastasch titled “Study Predicts Decades Of Global Cooling Ahead.” [8]

The stagnation of temperature since 1998 was caused by decreasing solar activity since 1998,” wrote Jürgen Langeheine.

Bastasch wrote another piece in the Daily Caller where he claims that Langeheine's research proved that temperatures are falling globally due to a decline in solar activity. [9]

PRWatch has noted that the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch may have connections to ALEC as well as Koch, saying “Bastasch is one of hundreds of interns who have been funded by Charles's newest enterprise to help turn their ideological affinity with Koch 'into careers'.” [10]

November 30 - December 1, 2012

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) partnered with the Heartland Institute to host a combination event of the Heartland Institute's Eight International Conference on Climate Change, and EIKE's the Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy. [11]

“This conference is more proof, if any were needed, that important issues surrounding the causes, extent, and consequences of climate change remain unresolved in the scientific community,” said Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast.

Speakers at the event included:

May 21 - 23, 2012

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [12]

November, 2011

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) Organized The Fourth International Climate & Energy Conference (IV Internationale Klima & Energiekonferenz) or 4th IKEK.

Speakers included noted climate skeptics including Donna Lafromboise, Christopher C. Horner, Andrew Montfort, Nir Shaviv, Jan Veizer, Henrik Svensmark, and Piers Corbyn. [13], [14]

December 4, 2010

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) organized the third “International Climate & Energy Conference (Internationale Klima- und Energiekonferenz) in Berlin. [15]

Event Partners included the Berlin Manhattan Institute and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).

Speakers included:

December 4, 2009

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) collaborated with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), Haus der Zukunft (HdZ), the Liberale Institute of the Stiftung für die Freiheit, and Bund Freiheit der Wissenschaft to host the “International Climate Conference – Climate Change Reconsidered” in Berlin.

According to the conference description: [16]


“… our Berlin Conference shall point out the fact that the scientific debate is not over. Especially with new regulations on the cards, economic and scientific analysis is more important than ever.

The real science and economics of climate change support the view that global warming is not a crisis and that immediate action to reduce emissions is not necessary.”

Speakers included:

July 26, 2009

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) released a petition to Germany's Chancellor Angela Markel that claims there is no man-made cause of global warming. The petition was signed by about 400 people including engineers, meteorologists, geologists, chemists, forest officials, journalists, physicians, and businessmen. [17]

August 17, 2008

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) organized a conference titled “Climate change - Is the man really to blame and what should be done?” (“Der Klimawandel - Ist der Mensch wirklich schuld und was sollte getan werden?”). [18]


May 30, 2007

The European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), together with CFACT Europe, hosted the Berlin Climate Conference which took place at the German Free Market Institute. Keynote speakers included prominent climate change skeptic S. Fred Singer. [19]

 Location

According to SourceWatch, EIKE has no physical address, but only a P.O. Box in Jena. All members work from their home offices, according to EIKE. Many members are elderly and come from engineering professions. [3]

Related Organizations

SourceWatch reports that EIKE cooperates with the libertarian foundation Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit and appears to have connections to members of the libertarian party FDP[3]

The International Climate Science Coalition mentions EIKE on its website as the German group to contact about the Manhattan declaration.
 
EIKE cooperates with organizations fighting wind power, for example Arbeitsgemeinschaft für eine windradfreie Heimat e. V. (Antiwindkraft) and Sturmlauf.

 Resources

  1. Homepage, Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie. Archived October 30, 2015. Translated with  Google Translate. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfh3K3U7

  2. About EIKE,” EIKE - Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie. Archived October 30, 2015.Translated with Google Translate.

  3. Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie,” SourceWatch Profile. Archived October 30, 2015. 

  4. Imprint,” EIKE. Archived October 30, 2015.  Translated with Google Translate.

  5. IV. Internationale Klimaund Energiekonferenz” (PDF), EIKE. November 26, 2011. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  6. Advisory Board,” EIKE. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfqFIPLD

  7. Jürgen Langeheine. “Heat balance of the earth and global temperature change,” EIKE, February 3, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cftSwS8X

  8. Michael Bastasch. “Study Predicts Decades Of Global Cooling Ahead,” the Daily Caller. Archived October 30, 2015.  May 28, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cftBlRN9

  9. Michael Bastasch. “Paper: Global Warming? More Like Global Cooling,” The Daily “Caller, March 3, 2015. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cftu2XW3

  10. Lisa Graves. “Trained on Koch: Daily Caller Claims Fake Rebuttal of CMD on ALEC Role Promoting 'Stand Your Ground' Laws,” PR Watch, June 18, 2012. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfu9DldO

  11. Heartland Institute Hosts Eighth International Conference on Climate Change in Germany,” The Heartland Institute, November 15, 2012. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfpjaGF

  12. Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 10, 2012.

  13. Part 1: IV International Climate & Energy Conference (4th IKEK) in Munich: Lecture Videos,” EIKE. Archived October 30, 2015. Translated with Google Translate.

  14. Part 2: IV International Climate & Energy Conference (4th IKEK) in Munich: Lecture Videos,” EIKE. Accessed October 30, 2015. Translated with Google Translate.

  15. III. INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE & ENERGY CONFERENCE in Berlin! Third - 4 December 2010, Berlin III. International climate and energy conference,” EIKE, November 26, 2010. Translated with Google Translate. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfuoaCoe

  16. Climate Change Reconsidered,” Institute for Free Enterprise. Archived October 30, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cfuvRYHA

  17. Climate Change: An Open Letter to Chancellor Merkel - 'refute temperature measurements from 1701 human-caused temperature fluctuations',” EIKE, July 26, 2009. Archived February 1, 2011. Translated with Google Translate.

  18. Climate change - Is the man really to blame and what should be done?” eike-klima-energie.eu. Archived December 26, 2008. Translated with Google Translate.

  19. Berlin Climate Conference: May 30, 2007,” CFACT Europe, May 6, 2007. Archived May 7, 2012.

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