It seems there is a correlation between the climate change obsession of the media and local authorities in Norfolk and their proximity to the University of East Anglia. Perhaps we could come up with a causal link that we could report as incontrovertible.
No matter what happens in Norfolk, they see the hot hand of anthropogenic global warming behind it. So it is that the Norwich Evening News reports today that Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service is spending £3.2 million on new 4×4 vehicles:
because climate change is causing more floods and heath blazes in Norfolk.
No matter what weather condition is experienced, be it warmer, cooler, wetter or drier, the climate change moster is behind it all. But given we keep hearing that the effects of climate change are yet to be experienced and it could be decades or more before nature wreaks her bitter revenge on mankind for burning fossil fuels, these new vehicles must be expected to last a long time.
It was fascinating to see that Norfolk fire chiefs are now experts in climate and are qualified to ascribe the sometimes challenging conditions they work in to changes in the climate. At least it was until we see our old friends at the Met Office have lined their pockets with more taxpayers’ cash by drawing up a climate change impact assessment. Norfolk Fire and Rescue now feel bold enough to state:
And we know from work that the Met Office has done that for every one degree summer temperature hike you get up to 23% more fires.
Presumably it has nothing to do with an increase in population and more people using the local heathland. Perhaps an increase in arson cases is down to people driven mad by the changing climate and feeling the need to set light to things. Norfolk’s fire overlords go on to explain that the new appliances are required because:
In somewhere like Norfolk we have got Thetford forest and the peat at Methwold, which are susceptible to fires and we need to be able to get to them.
One wonders if the fires in Thetford and Methwold only became a problem after a group of scientists decided we were causing the planet to heat out of control.
Well, I suppose it’s one way to get extra money for fancy new kit. One wonders how long it will be before the Ministry of Defence and the militray top brass start justifying the procurement of new toys on the basis that climate change will make it harder to conduct operations with existing equipment…