If it were not so sad, one would have to laugh. Or? No, Vice versa. This time you have to laugh first and then you will be sad. What it is: The huge excitement that triggered the retired pulmonary physician Dieter Köhler, when he published the end of January, a 112 colleagues – including 107 lung doctors - with a signed paper in which the previously applicable fine dust limits have been questioned, is based on a stark calculation errors. From Köhler.
The Berlin-based "taz" has made the effort, the Numbers presented Köhler at the time, and according to which every smoker in a few months, more nitrogen oxides from the diaphragm, as someone who expect 80 years on a heavy traffic road live, or do the math. it came out, that basically nothing is wrong with the paper. Köhler's fabulous response to the "taz"-searches a word of praise on the commitment of the Reporters and the lawsuit were that he had to make as a Pensioner, all alone, not even a Secretary he had.
to the Extent that the funny part of the story. Now, the sad. A sloppily-researched paper is able to set a limit discussion to follow up in the government. The Minister of transport – Andreas Scheuer of the CSU was more than willing to give the paper in preference to all the studies and scientific evidence. He had immediately called for a Review of the limits and was dragged hence to Brussels, where on Wednesday just until the Signal came that a waiver of the driving bans for Exceeding the limit values is possible.
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the study could take order is due to the fact that the issue is less political than ideological. Exceeded limits to driving are currently leading in the series, forbidden on particularly busy roads and driving bans come in the point of view of some of the castration of the German motorists. The Minister responsible Scheuer understands quite unabashedly as a representative of the "Free ride for free citizens"Lobby and could not rejoice over study. In his view of the world is – as later in the speed limit debate once again turned out – a limitation of the car traffic with common sense anyway not compatible.
That the media also participate in the excitement of the paper – from the "image"-newspaper driven, the message through all the leaves, even the daily mirror, a rose, Dieter Köhler sat in talk shows – is not a claim to fame. But it is also a shame. You can do it better, now proves the "taz". But when the news came out, the Rapporteur confirms, first, the fact that the Federal Ministry of transport went down, apparently seriously on the paper.
part of the question as to the seriousness of the debate, then, is: Why is a paper in a Ministry that sits full of professionals and experts makes it so that such a wave? There are only answers that can never be satisfied: Either the experts are not - or in a Ministry, it is the ideology of the respective Minister about the expertise.More about
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This would then be a piece of Trumps America in Berlin. And it would certainly be nothing, what would anyone approve of someone. Probably not even those who want to travel with your diesel cars through the polluted streets.