Germany’s flood disaster exposes folly of misbalanced Net Zero policies – The Global Warming Policy Forum

Posted: July 19, 2021 by oldbrew in government, ideology, Incompetence, net zero, weather
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A meandering jet stream can lead to unusual weather conditions. Blaming ‘climate change’ (pick your own definition) is so vague as to be meaningless, but may serve to divert the spotlight away from political leaders.
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The Global Warming Policy Forum has called on the UK government to learn the key lesson from the German flood disaster and adopt policies that prioritise effective and relative low cost flood protection over massively expensive and ineffective renewable energy targets.

In recent days, meteorologists and extreme weather researchers have blamed a ‘monumental failure of Germany’s flood warning system’ for the death and devastation triggered by disastrous flooding.

Experts had warned the German government four days before the first floods about the high risk of flooding in the Rhine basin, but the government failed to implement flood protection measures that are, in any case historically underfunded and thus ineffective.

Despite previous flood disasters in recent decades, Germany’s priority in dealing with climate change has been to spend hundreds of billions of euros on wind and solar projects, failing almost completely to prepare communities for extreme weather events that are inevitable regardless of climate change.

In view of the habitual failure of UK governments to prevent and alleviate significant flooding events in the past, the Global Warming Policy Forum is calling for No. 10 to learn from Germany’s sad example and implement a radical rebalancing of adaptation and mitigation in the UK’s climate policies.

Since 2002 the UK has been spending increasingly large sums on climate change mitigation, mostly through subsidies to renewables. Between 2017 and today the UK has spent nearly £30 billion in in income support subsidies to renewable energy investors.

The OBR estimates that in the next four years alone (2021 to 2025) the UK will spend nearly £50 billion on these subsidies to renewables investors.

A fraction of these astronomical handouts could deliver greatly improved flood prevention, defences and disaster recovery systems. Comparable spending would help to make the UK extremely resilient in the face of natural disasters.

The German and UK governments obviously have the balance of adaptation and mitigation very badly wrong.

As a direct result of costly and ineffective climate policies both countries have underinvested in protection and adaptation measures. These measures are very effective and “no regrets” policies because they yield dividends immediately and protect citizens against flooding and other natural disasters whether they are related to climate change or not.

Dr Benny Peiser, the GWPF’s director, said:

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Comments
  1. saighdear says:

    Well, to get away from Breakfast-time UK Covid nonsense, I tuned in to 3Sat – Austrian News and they were giving it Hammer & tongs Climate change about all the flooding In Europe.
    From all one reads on-line about Pre / Post-War Europe originating from down there, you would think that by now, they, the people, would see through and have enough of all this “propaganda” talk. But yet, the Green Blob seem to gain strength. And when the wind don’t blow ,OR, the Powerlines are disrupted, no Battery is going to be re-charged.
    It wasnoted that the Good Old Diesels and Maskless People& MASKLESS Politicians were to be seen . …. amazing – the flood removed all necessity to shield from aa deadly virus.

  2. tom0mason says:

    IMO, the UK is in no better state than the Germans.
    See https://www.gov.uk/environment/river-maintenance-flooding-coastal-erosion for how little is being done.
    Also see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regional-flood-and-coastal-committee-rfcc-chair-appointments–3 , where it says this about the chairman …

    Richard Powell OBE:

    Richard is an environmental and charity advisor working on the climate change and sustainability agenda’s as well as charity business planning and governance.

  3. Bloke down the pub says:

    A person of a cynical or conspiratorial bent may jump to the conclusion that the flooding was allowed to happen , ‘Pour Encourager Les Autres’ as the French once said about the Royal Navy hanging a tardy admiral. This is what happens to you if you don’t take your climate change medicine.

  4. JB says:

    Allowed to happen has been common political practice for decades. Pearl Harbor. Sinking of ships by German Uboats (Churchill). Douglas Reed wrote extensively about this a half century ago.

  5. Bob K says:

    Germany did not draw down their dams even tho’ they were warned several days ahead of the impending heavy rains. Was it intentional or incompetence?
    https://notrickszone.com/2021/07/18/germanys-katrina-officials-left-dams-full-for-weeks-even-with-heavy-rains-in-the-forecast/

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    If the German dam (over) filling was intentional then jail terms are needed.

  7. Gamecock says:

    “FLOODS COMING !!! GET OUT !!!” would have saved few lives.

  8. Gamecock says:

    I find this GWPF article tasteless. There is no coupling between ‘climate change’ spending and flood control spending. They can’t, and shouldn’t, be ‘balanced.’ They aren’t related.

    Peiser is practicing whataboutery.

  9. bonbon says:

    Germany and Holland in the spotlight – see the Sunday Times :
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/germany-knew-the-floods-were-coming-but-the-warnings-didnt-work-cn99wjxzs
    An explosive report!

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