The drama in Whaley Bridge over the weakened Toddbrook Reservoir Dam has captivated news audiences. One struggles to imagine how stressful it must be for owners and occupiers forced to leave their homes without notice.
However, this crisis is NOT the result of Global Warming/Climate Change/Extinction Rebellion or whatever it is called this week.
The High Peak area of Derbyshire had some quite heavy rain showers last week. But thunderstorms are no more proof of Climate Change than they are of the existence of fairies. The dam was not overwhelmed by a biblical downpour.
As an aside, if by biblical rainfall, are we talking about total flooding which requires an ark to be built? One can only think that comparing a bit of a summer cloudburst to the flooding of all the land in the world as perhaps over-exaggerating.
Anyway, back to the dam. What happened was that there was heavy rain, and the water rose enough to flood over the spillway, as it was intended to do according to the 1831 construction, and has done so many times before.
What was different was that the sealing of the concrete slabs on the spillway failed, allowing the water to run underneath the hard surface, and wash away material that formed part of the structure of the dam.
The weakening of the dam was nothing to do with climate change, it was simply the result of bad maintenance of the spillway. One has to wonder why the BBC was so convinced in its news programmes that this POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE could be attributed to Climate Change?
Not once was it suggested that it is the Canal and River Trust – owners of the reservoir – who are responsible for lack of maintenance.
Unfortunately, by falsely linking every weather-related event to Climate Change, the BBC has become labelled as creating another Project Fear, this time about Climate Change. To us, it is impossible to access clear and unambiguous data about Climate Change. Also, there is so much variance in the weather that it takes decades to accurately assess changes to the average. However, we take the view that it would be prudent to address some of the worst potential triggers in human activity. But it would be wrong to reduce western civilisation to penury, just to fight what might still be a collective hysteria.
As we have written before, we are not fans of the BBC, and this event illustrates how they continue to twist their news reporting with political interpretation.
The Whaley Bridge Dam Drama is not about Climate Change
The damage to the reservoir was caused by bad maintenance by the Canal and River Trust
The BBC and other media have let Climate Change hysteria politics affect their reporting
PS. Nice politics by Boris, visiting and looking concerned!