German car lovers fight back with Fridays for Horsepower

Car lovers who say they are sick of being blamed for climate change have started one of the fastest growing movements in Germany.

Calling themselves Fridays for Horsepower, they have signed up more than 566,000 members — more than the total membership of the country’s biggest political party.

Their critics have dismissed them as climate change deniers, but Josh Büchner, a part-British Ford enthusiast who is one of the group’s co-founders, insists that’s not the case.

“We chose the name in response to Fridays for Future,” he says, referring to Greta Thunberg’s school strikes movement. “But our demands are not far from those of Fridays for Future.”

He says Fridays for Horsepower is committed to…

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