How skilled doomsday preachers use the nitrogen oxide limit for their cause - and why exactly that is quite borderline.
It is terrible. But, thank God, it will soon be over. The end of the world is approaching. At least that's what you might think. Like about 2000 years ago, when a certain preacher was still traveling through the country without an internet community in order to bring his more or less catchy theses about a new religious world order and the impending end of the world among the (mostly uneducated) people. By today's standards, these gentlemen were nothing more than early management consultants for their own benefit. Now it is the same again: Fanatized preachers proclaim new religions or (supposed) insights into all possible areas of life at all corners of life. For example, that we are eating the wrong way, that the weather, which has gotten out of hand by the bad people, will soon take revenge on us, or that the devil's automobile has to be renounced. Otherwise, yes, otherwise we should quickly look around for another planet on which we can live comfortably.
The doom prophets are crazy - and often fill their pockets, often even with state funding. Sure, not everyone is wrong. But many. And we are bombarded with their messages thanks to compliant media. Messages that many like to have a say in, but in reality have no expertise. It seems that one thing is mainly to be created: hysteria. Because indignation is good and supposedly shows that you are committed to a good cause. Let us take the current area of diesel exhaust. People's voice on the point seems unanimous. In many cases, the opinion is based on the fact that you drive a car yourself, live in the city and it is clear that you have to breathe polluted air there all the time, or because you hate the car as hell and find that the stinky mobile pedestal would never have been invented may be. The fact that there are actually only a few or even questionable facts on this topic obviously does not affect anyone when it comes to forming opinions.
For example, the term “limit value” is used in the exhaust gas case, as was the case again at the diesel summit in Berlin, when politicians and industry agreed that around five million diesel cars would be upgraded with new software. Limit should then be observed. But if you look closely, it is borderline to the highest degree. According to the EU, no more than 40 micrograms of nitrogen oxide can be contained in one cubic meter of air. If the value of this gas, which is undoubtedly unhealthy, is higher than this, you should not be at the place where it was measured. For example in the Stuttgart basin, where Germany's highest nitrogen oxide concentrations are regularly found. But how can it be that the nitrogen oxide limit for closed rooms is over 900 micrograms per cubic meter of air? So are people who breathe there quicker dead than dead, or should they at least be long / soon? Answer: Nobody knows. Because large sections of the population have no knowledge of the fact that there is a nitrogen oxide limit for indoor spaces, this does not appear in the public discussion. As a result, there are no answers to compelling questions: What is the scientific basis for these supposed limit values and are they possibly arbitrary in order to have any standard and to be able to say at home that the problem has been tackled?
Like the German Environmental Aid (DUH), which started the nitrogen oxide discussion. She wants to make us all believe that caring for the environment is a matter close to her heart. However, if you look closely at their goings-on, you can doubt that this registered association acts exclusively selflessly. Because, according to the 2016 annual report, a good third (2015 percent) of the 30,4 income came from “consumer protection”. What sounds great after the concern for the general public, viewed in light, are nothing more than lucrative income from warnings. Especially those against the car industry in the broadest sense. That was 2,46 million euros out of a total income of 8,11 million euros, after all the second strongest position in the annual report. If, for example, a car dealer has mumbled about the exhaust data of his cars in the showroom, the DUH quickly issues a warning. The club, which has meanwhile been uncritically styled as an environmental icon by many media, is similarly quick when it comes to the car manufacturers' customer magazines. If the editors of these house postils work sluggishly when specifying the exhaust gases, a DUH warning is usually in the mailbox. The DUH is no less quick when it comes to complaints. Like last week in Stuttgart, when the administrative court ruled that driving bans were legal in the Swabian metropolis due to the high nitrogen oxide concentration, it would impose the city or the country. The DUH sued for the permanently exceeded limit value. What limit? The judgment is not yet final, but it does a great job of polishing the DUH's image, after all an independent court has made a decision. It would be nice and logical for tenant associations to sue home owners for the more than 20 times more harmful limit value in closed rooms. But that will probably not happen. And even if hardly anyone would take public notice of it, because it is always more effective if the DUH as David competes against the powerful auto industry or politics as Goliath and wins. This makes great headlines.
Let's open another barrel and ask: Why isn't the DUH actually suing the shipowners or shipbuilders? Because you have to know that the true environmental offenders are on the high seas. The Danish DK Group, which is active in maritime engineering, calculated this years ago. According to this, the extremely toxic exhaust gas from less than 30 (!!!) giant tankers, freighters or cruise ships corresponds to the dirt that all around 800 million cars around the world blow out every year. This has long been known in specialist circles, but not laypeople. The magazine "stern" had already addressed this in 2008, but it probably stayed in the memory of very few readers. Ship exhaust fumes are extremely dirty because the engines of the sea giants burn heavy oil as fuel. This is the sediment from the refineries. The stuff is tough like bad luck and thousands of times more sulphurous than gas station diesel. If heavy oil is burned in the thick pots, these ships are "strictly speaking, hazardous waste incineration plants", as the Bremen North Sea Conference put it in a nutshell.
And the answer to why the DUH does not take action is simple: the maritime dirt blowers are mostly on the high seas and not in the Stuttgart basin. So they are not or only rarely visible and do not generate social envy as with the more expensive car, which one might possibly treat the stupid neighbor. Or the other way around: If the giants can be seen, such as every year at the port birthday in Hamburg, then their entry is applauded by hundreds of thousands. Either way, it's absurd theater. Staged by a clever climate church that now gathers millions of sheep around them, who all firmly believe that only the arbitrarily set to two degrees plus climate warming can save the world from the heat collapse. Wherever a sense of proportion is necessary, there is excitement staged everywhere according to the proven motto: It's about drama, baby.
The system according to which this works seems familiar. Wasn't there, as already mentioned at the beginning, about 2000 years ago a trained carpenter and later wandering preacher in the area of Palestine to bring his faith to the people? The number still works.