The Great Drought Myth
again we shiver through a cold, wet Spring, only to receive the inevitable
dire warnings from the Environment Agency and politicians at large that
we face a severe drought as a result of *Global
Here in East Anglia, we already have a hosepipe ban in force (I notice, by the way, that the farmers don't seem regulated by it: all around the Broadland region the irrigation hoses and bowsers are already on the land!)
The hosepipe ban doesn't affect me though... Why not? Well: because the garden is sodden, my two ponds are full to the brim and the continuous heavy rain (two weeks virtually non-stop by late April 2012) cleans my car every day!
So what's the story? Could this be linlked, perhaps, to the leaflet that dropped onto our mat inviting us to have our water supply metred? Hmmm.... This looks like an example of Icke-ian "problem, reaction, solution" to me. Dramatise the dangers of drought, fill the press with dire consequences and then impose draconian regulations, fines and stealth taxation.
Let's consider the REAL causes of the current 'emergency'. We need first to understand how water becomes available to plantlife and to us: I'm sorry if the following seems a little patronising to some, but, following forty years as an educator, I am under no illusions about the lack of basic scientific knowledge possessed by most of the population.
Via their root systems,
plants can make use of the water percolating downwards after rainfall,
water drawn up by capillary action, and by water bound to soil particles
by hygroscopic attraction.
2) The population of Norfolk has risen by 20% since 1980 (NCC figures) This means an extra 160,000 people who need to flush the toilet, take baths, boil the kettle, wash their clothes and crockery (Or even, God forbid, water the garden or wash their car!) Has there been a 20% increase in water supply capacity? Or infrastructure? New reservoirs? What do you think?
3) Many old and decrepit water pipes regularly fracture in bad weather or because of heavy traffic flow. A massive escape in the next village to ours flowed unchecked for over a week in January...