My Plenary Speech – 21/11/13 – Natural disasters have more mundane causes than Global Warming

Mr. President,

Yesterday in this Chamber I had a sharp exchange with our colleague Mr. Claude Turmes. He believes that the recent flood tragedy in Sardinia was caused by Climate Change, and therefore that those of us who argue against man-made global warming are somehow responsible. I told him the disaster was caused by the weather.

It seems we were both wrong. Immediately after our exchange, I was approached by our Italian colleague Mrs. Susy De Martini, who has followed this issue closely, and has met with the Mayor of Olbia.

He doesn’t believe the flood was caused by Global Warming. He blames the EU’s Stability & Growth Pact, which has denied Sardinia the funding it needs to maintain its water-courses. The flood was caused not by Climate Change, but by failure to dredge the river.

Mrs. De Martini is so concerned about this problem that she has tabled a Written Question to Italian Commissioner Antonio Tajani.

Mr. President: The House, and Mr. Turmes, may like to note that natural disasters can have much more mundane and down-to-earth causes than Global Warming.

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16 Responses to My Plenary Speech – 21/11/13 – Natural disasters have more mundane causes than Global Warming

  1. Linda Hudson says:

    straight from the horses mouth, just ask the natives, and not the politicians.
    Sorry for Sardinia, a lovely Island, and one where the R.A.F. had a base for 30 years in which my son was in the last batch of R.A.F. lads to leave the Island!

  2. The flood was caused not by Climate Change, but by failure to dredge the river. So if the island was uninhabited it would not have happened ? The universe is in a constant change wiith the world moving on its axis and the north pole moving away from north and the ice age never happened and the fires in Australia, the USA, Canada and elsewhere not to mention the recent eruption of Mount Etna and other volcanoes doing more than all of the coal fired power stations put together. That’s the way I see it.

  3. Me_Again says:

    Well said Roger.

  4. Jane Davies says:

    Am I correct in thinking Prince Charles has said the typhoon in the Philippines was caused by global warming?

  5. Richard111 says:

    Remember the saying; “He’s a right proper Charlie!”. It fits.

  6. Charles Wardrop says:

    Prince Charles’s “ecogaffes” are real ones, whereas his more-sensible father’s alleged ones are just pre-political correctness normal parlance.
    As a monarchist, I worry about Prince C.’s suitability for the throne, since he does not seem to understand enough about his present proper role.

    • Me_Again says:

      Totally agree Charles, totally. I’ve always been an admirer of the DofE, he doesn’t do PC he does Phil the Greek and that’s it. Good for him too.

  7. catalanbrian says:

    I am not quite sure what it is about you climate change deniers that makes you feel it necessary to argue your position, when all the scientific evidence indicates otherwise. It is likely that the typhoon in the Philippines was caused by climate change, and as for the outrageous suggestion that the flooding in Sardinia was caused solely by the failure to dredge the river, just so that you can blame the EU for it, well words almost fail me. The proximate cause of the flooding was some 440mm of rain (or about 50% of the normal annual rainfall) that fell in about 90 minutes, and however much dredging you do (or don’t) that amount of rain will cause flooding on a catastrophic scale. The jury is still out on what caused this cyclone (yes weather) but such unusual weather events are one of the indicators of climate change (and please don’t bring out the usual “there has been no warming for 20 years” comment).

    • Me_Again says:

      “…when all the scientific evidence indicates otherwise…”
      I just love the way you sweep aside all opposition with your wholly scientific analysis.
      “…It is likely that the typhoon in the Philippines was caused by climate change,..”
      This one a is a doozy. On what basis of fact do you propose that? Please bear in mind that over the middle term typhoon frequency is diminishing. I cite 1980-1993[222 typhoons]2000-2013[188 typhoons] a significant dip if ever there was one….. Anyone with half a brain would expect typhoon frequency to increase.
      “… (and please don’t bring out the usual “there has been no warming for 20 years” comment…”
      Now why on earth should we not roll out a piece of empirical information to defeat your computer models?

    • Of course the proximate cause of the flood was rainfall. But if the river had been dredged, then in the view of the Mayor all would have been well. This is nothing unusual. I was discussing it with Julie Girling (C, SW) and she is concerned about something similar in the Somerset Levels. Have you noticed the phrase, Catalanbrian, “the worst hurricane/flood/gale/rainfall for xx years”? That means that the weather phenomenon is unusual but not unprecedented. What caused it last time? As RichardIII says below, we are heading for an Ice Age. That’ll be “the coldest for 12,000 years”. And that really will be climate change.

  8. Richard111 says:

    Of course there is climate change. We are heading into an ice age. This is where the poles cool while the equator remains fairly constant. This causes increased air flow towards the polar regions and increased weather events. Just check the total polar ice mass, not just the Arctic ice, which is coming along nicely as it is. The non-rising sea levels tell us the glaciers, world wide, are not melting.

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