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UK: Thought Extreme weather caused flooding? Removal of trees is the real culprit.

Tip o’ the hat to Mary Young for this find.

Drowned by EU millions: Thought ‘extreme weather’ was to blame for the floods? Wrong. The real culprit is the European subsidies that pay UK farmers to destroy the very trees that soak up the storm

  • Water sinks into the soil under trees at 67 times the rate of soil under grass
  • Farmers are not eligible for EU payment if the land is covered by trees
  • As a result, flood-preventing trees are cut down, removing vital protection

George Monibot — Daily Mail Online — January 18, 2014

We all know what’s gone wrong, or we think we do:  not enough spending on flood defences. It’s true that government cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, but too little public spending is a small part of the problem.

It is dwarfed by another factor, overlooked in public discussion: too much public spending.

Vast amounts, running into billions, are spent every year on policies that make devastating floods inevitable. This is the story that has not been told, a story of destructive perversity.

Flood defence, or so we are told almost everywhere, is about how much concrete you can pour. It’s about not building houses in stupid places on the flood plain and about using clever new engineering techniques to defend those already there. But to listen to the dismal debates of the past fortnight, you could be forgiven for believing that rivers rise in the plains; that there is no such thing as upstream; that mountains, hills, catchments and watersheds are irrelevant to the question of whether or not homes and infrastructure get drowned.  Continue reading here…..


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2 Comments on “UK: Thought Extreme weather caused flooding? Removal of trees is the real culprit.”

  1. john January 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Never mind about trees, CO2, ect, we have it on good Gods authority that –

    “Floods were God’s revenge for gay marriage”, says UKIP councillor

    Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Floods-God-s-revenge-gay-marriage-says-UKIP/story-20464531-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_westerndailypress#ixzz2qs1vn2Go

    How dumb is that & how dumb are those who elected him ??

    Its like being back in the middle ages, Next the climate religion zealots will be wanting gays to be sacrificed to appease the Great God Gore & save us from storms, disease, pestilence and war.

    Though come to think about it there’s a few politicians who should be broken on the wheel, put on a ducking stool then burnt at the stake !!

    Don’t get me going !!!

  2. cornwallwindwatch January 20, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    just wait until really Biomass gets going!

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