Skip to comments.Agency for flooding that puts greater water parsnips and voles before local people (UK)
Posted on 02/08/2014 11:04:26 PM PST by Olog-hai
The Environment Agency put water voles, greater water parsnips, silver diving beetles and large marsh grasshoppers ahead of people in the flood-ravaged Somerset Levels, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
A 250-page agency document issued in 2008 shows that years of neglecting vital dredging which used to let water drain away much faster is part of a deliberate policy to increase flooding in the areas now worst affected.
The policy was revealed as agency director of operations David Jordan angered residents yesterday by calling the flood defenses a success story. He said: We need to recognize that 1.3 million other properties would have flooded if these flood defenses had not been built. That is the success story, if you like, that we are talking about.
Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, whose Bridgwater & West Somerset constituency has been among the worst affected areas said: What a stupid manthis is absolute stupidity and arrogance. This is a tragedy and disaster.
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If the Brits can this guy I bet Obama would expedite immigration for him so he could work at BLM or EPA or something, because this is Obama's kind of moron.
Here in the US we say you get what you pay for.
After decades of voting in Socialist Government that breeds bigger and bigger government and bigger and bigger bureaucracy that is exactly what you get.
When you institute a government that has as its purpose to control every thing that goes on within its borders to control everything that is done by its citizens what else can you expect to happen?
When big government becomes infested with people that believe in the power of government and want to wield that power; government becomes the realm of true believers like this director of operations David Jordan who call the flooding of homes a success story.
Now they have socialists in the Tory party. There ought to be no surprise that the people in power are going on as they did in the USSR and Red China.
We can all travel the highway to H together. Fellow travelers one could say.
Speaking at Prime Ministers Questions, Mr Cameron pledged to do whatever is required to help homes and businesses get back on their feet. He announced an extra £100m for repairs and essential maintenance of flood defences over the next year.
The Prime Minister hit out at the Environment Agency and its chairman, Lord Smith arguing that a new approach was needed to deal with flooding. He said: From the late 1990s far too long the Environment Agency believed that it was wrong to dredge. Those of us with rural constituencies affected by flooding have seen the effectiveness of some dredging.
Now if it is good for some places, we need to make the argument that it would be good for many more places. I have said that we are going to see dredging on the [rivers] Tone and the Parrett in the Somerset Levels because that would make a difference. But I believe it is time for Natural England, the Environment Agency and the departments to sit round the table and work out a new approach that will make sure that something that did work, frankly, for centuries is reintroduced.
Our local council has a climate change co-ordinator on £39000 ($70000?) a year, and he informs us in the Town Hall’s newsletter that the Western world is responsible for 300000 metric tonnes of carbon pumping into the atmosphere every year. He also stated that car exhaust fumes were responsible for the storm surges that hit our part of the East coast the year before last.
I actually crossed paths with him at a lifeboat fundraising morning in Mablethorpe. I proceeded to in form him that my wife’s mother lives near the flooded area, and the rising water had less to do with drippy hippy theory than the decision to build new social housing on flood relief land that the Met Office down in London had advised against.
Climate Change Charlie hummed and haarred and harrumphed, but reluctantly agreed. But like most of these types, he had to have the last word. He claimed that the flooding was Americas fault ! In the same way that soil erosion in the third world is the supermarkets fault.
I decided to speak on behalf of all of the Freepers ; that he shouldnt worry about snowfalls, stormsurges of torrential rain. I said if he wakes up one June morning and the sun is blazing down, call some friends (if he has any) round for a barbeque and have a bash. I finished by telling him that he would have a much happier life if he stopped telling everyone what to do all the time.