Going Too Far
The weather is out of control and the European authorities in Brussels think it's time we did something about it. Over a 15 year period, Europe has experienced driest, wettest, coldest and hottest seasons.
In the 15-year period cited, the UK's winters included the coldest for 200 years, the driest for 100 years and the mildest for 100 years. The UK also had the lowest 16-month rainfall for 200 years and a month with the highest average temperature for 300 years.
The message from the Eurocrats was clear gather some evidence and then decide what sort of new taxes can be imposed to pay for making changes. The response from the British Meteorological Office was less clear-cut.
The problem with trying to change the climate, according to the expert, is that there are too many unknown factors involved. No one knows if the changes being made will balance themselves out in other ways.
A major problem with trying to control the weather is that no one can say for sure if they have succeeded. The Russians have advanced claims that they have put our forest fires with artificially induced rain.
In fact, the deputy director of the Met Office believes that the main problem is not so much climate change as a change of human sensitivity to the weather.
Does any of the above sound familiar? Of course, it does. Climate change and what to do about it is the hot news at the start of the third millennium. But all of the above was said and done twenty-five years ago. And still the arguments rage over whether global warming is caused by human interference or natural forces, such as fluctuations of the Sun's energy output.
About the only certainty is that the politicians will continue to raise taxes and squander the proceeds. And the human race will learn to adapt to changes in the Earth, which is as it should be, unless some mad scientist finds a way to write off the whole planet in a failed experiment conducted "For the benefit of all Mankind".
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