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Jan 30th, 2014 at 11:25pm
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You may have noticed in the news that it's a bit wet in Somerset lately due to mass flooding. People have been asking if it's to do with "Climate Change".

The 2 real causes are as follows:
1) Environmentalists have screwed-up again
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Mr Paterson was made well aware by almost everyone he met on his weekend visit to Somerset, is that this disaster is the result of a deliberate policy decision by a Government agency out of control.

Inevitably, media coverage of his visit focused on all those flood victims who gathered to shout at him when he appeared in public. And, as he agreed, they had every right to be extremely angry.

What was more important, however, was that on Sunday and Monday he held meetings with local experts, engineers, farmers, councillors and officials, who left him in no doubt as to the chief cause of the flooding and what must be done to stop it happening again.

Their message was clear. The root cause goes back 18 years to when responsibility for keeping the Somerset Levels — including a fifth of the county’s farmland — drained and managed was handed over to a new government body, the Environment Agency. And one of its first decisions was to abandon the regular dredging of the four main rivers that for centuries have carried the floodwater, which hits the Levels every winter, safely away to the sea.

Before the Levels — some of which are below sea level — were drained by Dutch engineers in the 17th century, they were a vast marshy swamp, with only a few little  islands standing above stagnant pools and reeds.


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But the agency’s argument was not simply that to carry on dredging was too expensive. After a Labour peer, Baroness (Barbara) Young of Old Scone was put in to run it in 2000, she and her officials decided on a new priority.

Instead of managing the Levels as farmland, large parts of them should be allowed to return to being a swampy wilderness as nature reserves for birds and other wildlife.
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Reply #1 - Jan 30th, 2014 at 11:26pm
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2) The EU have been paying farmers to cut down trees that would normally soak up the water.
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The story begins with a group of visionary farmers at Pontbren, in the headwaters of Britain’s longest river, the Severn. In the 1990s they realised that the usual hill-farming strategy – loading the land with more and bigger sheep, grubbing up the trees and hedges, digging more drains – wasn’t working.

It made no economic sense. The animals had nowhere to shelter, and the farmers were breaking their backs wrecking their own land. So they devised something beautiful. They began planting shelter belts of trees along the contours. They stopped draining the wettest ground and built  ponds to catch the water instead. They cut and chipped some of  the wood they grew to make bedding for their animals, which meant that they no longer spent a fortune buying straw. Then they used the composted bedding, in  a perfect closed loop, to cultivate more trees.

One day a government consultant was walking over their fields during a rainstorm. He noticed something that fascinated him. The water flashing off the land suddenly disappeared when it reached the belts of trees the farmers had planted. This prompted a major research programme which produced the following astonishing results: water sinks into the soil under trees at 67 times the rate at which it sinks into the  soil under grass.

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Reply #2 - Feb 8th, 2014 at 11:47pm
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Local MP loses his rag with boss of Environment agency Lord Smith (aka ex. New Labour MP Chris Smith).......
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An MP has branded the chairman of the Environment Agency 'a coward' and 'a git' and threatened to 'stick his head down the loo and flush' as he visited the flood-stricken Somerset Levels today.Ian Liddell-Grainger, the furious Tory MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, lambasted Lord Smith for not visiting the county sooner, much of which has been under several feet of flood water since December.The Labour peer, who has faced criticism for the quango’s decision to stop dredging rivers in flood-prone area, was today facing residents in Somerset, many of whom have called for him to resign.Lord Smith's visit coincided with Prime Minister David Cameron, who was also seeing for himself first hand the damage caused by the floods on the Levels.Speaking about Lord Smith, Mr Liddell-Grainger said: 'I will tell him what I bloody well think of him - he should go, he should walk. I'm livid. This little git has never even been on the telephone to me. When I find out where he is, I will give it to him.

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Reply #3 - Feb 8th, 2014 at 11:54pm
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Eric Pickles joins in condemnation of Environment Agency's New Labour quangocrat boss Lord Smith
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The Labour quango chief blamed by flood victims for wrecking homes and livelihoods has effectively been told to quit by No 10.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, now put in charge of handling the flooding crisis by David Cameron, said Environment Agency chairman Chris Smith should make a public apology for its mistakes.

And asked whether Lord Smith, a former Cabinet Minister, should resign, Mr Pickles said bluntly: ‘He has to make his own decision.’
He used brutal sarcasm to pile on the pressure, adding: ‘I don’t see myself becoming the advocate of the “Save Chris Smith” campaign or printing “Save The Environment Agency One” T-shirts.’

He accused Lord Smith of playing ‘divide and rule’ by ‘trying to set town against country’, letting the EA become ‘riddled with politically correct’ eco-fanatics opposed to dredging, presiding as the organisation ‘lost its way’ and spending 20 times more money on its bloated bureaucracy than on keeping rivers clear.


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Mr Pickles added: ‘Being flooded is like a burglary: Afterwards, the effect continues. It’s not just the drying out or loss of precious possessions and memories. Every time it rains people wonder, “Is it going to happen again?” ’

Mr Pickles was asked by Mr Cameron to take charge of the crisis last week after Environment Secretary Owen Paterson had to have urgent treatment for a detached retina.


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Mr Pickles said the EA had blundered by stopping dredging. ‘The Somerset Levels were man-made and dredging was a fundamental part of keeping it going, just as it is with any land below sea level right across the world. You need to continuously dredge.

‘It worries me that in a politically correct attempt to be more environmentally sound than the next person, something as basic as this has been forgotten.’

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Reply #4 - Feb 9th, 2014 at 2:21am
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Agency for flooding that puts greater water parsnips and voles before local people
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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 defences a ‘success story’.

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Reply #5 - Feb 17th, 2014 at 11:42pm
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Before & After pics of a Somerset river that the Environment Agency quit dredging regularly
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2561435/Pictures-Somerset-river-1960s-to...
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Reply #6 - Feb 23rd, 2014 at 10:42pm
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Britain's Floods Were Engineered by Green Government Policy
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Was the flooding which has devastated parts of Britain the deliberate creation of government agencies and environmental groups which put the needs of wildlife before human beings?

The evidence is now in and despite weeks of official denials it's a definite "Yes."

Thanks to Richard North we now know which organisations are responsible for the millions of pounds worth of damage the floods have caused, especially in the worst hit area, the Somerset Levels.

These include: the European Union (EU); Europe's largest wildlife charity the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB); the World Wildlife Fund (WWF); the Environment Agency (EA); the environmental quango Natural England; the last Labour government, especially its (subsequently disgraced) "floods" minister Elliott Morley; and the Met Office, whose inaccurate forecasts predicting a dry winter helped turn what could have been a minor inconvenience into a major disaster.

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