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UK Claims it Can’t Afford to Protect All Citizens From Extreme Weather

UK Claims it Can’t Afford to Protect All Citizens From Extreme Weather

The frequency of extreme weather events has increased dramatically over the past decade. Chronic drought, scorching heat, sudden flooding fed by rising sea levels and violent storms are wreaking havoc with rich and poor nations alike. In some cases, this reality forces governments into action, and in others, it begs overwhelming questions.

According to the head of Britain’s Environmental Agency, the question in the UK is which areas it’ll work to save, and which it’ll abandon to the wind. Because apparently, it can’t afford to save everyone.

In an article for The Telegraph, Lord Smith of Finsbury says the UK must make “difficult choices” about which areas it wants to defend from extreme weather events like the recent flooding in Somerset because “there is no bottomless purse.”

Finsbury went on to explain that while flooding is a problem for certain rural areas, and thanks to climate change will likely worsen in the future, it doesn’t exactly threaten millions of lives. The homes and livelihoods of the farmers who’ve lived there for generations, sure, but only a couple dozen. And with limited funds available for preventing and cleaning-up such disasters, the government has to set priorities.

“Flood defences cost money; and how much should the taxpayer be prepared to spend on different places, communities and livelihoods in Somerset, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, or East Anglia? There’s no bottomless purse of money, and we need to make difficult but sensible choices about where and what we try to protect,” he elaborated in the Telegraph.

Of course, this has some Brits outraged, particularly those residing in areas that could be “surrendered” to the elements.

“This past January was England’s wettest winter month in almost 250 years. Thousands of people in the UK have been flooded out of their homes and businesses and even more rain is expected,” writes Care2 Member Evie Vee on a new petition to the EU Parliament.

“At a time when many throughout England are highly vulnerable to flooding, Lord Chris Smith, the chairman of the Environment Agency, has said that the government only has enough funds to save farmlands OR town but not both. This is outrageous: The UK government must protect all of its citizens and see that they are compensated.”

The petition hopes to pressure the EU into using its emergency fund to compensate all flood, landslide and coastal erosion victims, whether they live in the city or the suburbs.

If you agree with Evie Vee, please add your name to the petition below.

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10:20PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thanks.

1:21AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Sunshine!....It's been fine since the day after my last post. No more weather news... just the l-o-n-g business of waiting for floods to drain and ground to dry out.

I can pull weeds out of my garden without difficulty. How can there possibly be a benefit? I think of all those flooded people who never knowingly chose to live in a flood zone.

1:00AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Thanks, Ros! More rain....enough said....

6:56PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

We live on a flood plane, the zoning here is changed for any new buildings, they have to be elevated from the ground by at least 3 feet with its foundation. This is in an area that is part of a delta. The house was built in 1938. If we were to do any refurbishing we would have to bring our foundation up to standard.

3:51PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thanks..for the update Rosemary....more sunny days ahead...fingers crossed..throw in some drying breezes as well for you and the rest of your country of course...

1:25PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Day 2 mild and sunny.... can this rain be over? - though whatever rain we get will of course fall on saturated ground.

6:45AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

The Holy Scriptures rightly labels the world governments a "Scorching Sun" beating down on those it supposed to protect.

4:17AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

PLEASE WISE UP TO WHAT IS GOING ON. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT INTERESTED IN US ; ONLY IN SERVING ITS POLITICAL MASTERS IN THE EU. THEY HAVE SOLD OUT THIS COUNTRY AND THEY ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH GLOBALIST ISSUES LIKE MAKING MONEY OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING .IT HAS DONE FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS AND YET THEY PRETEND THAT ITS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN INITIATED BY MAN ALONE! MAN IS ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR POLLUTION AND THAT CONCERNS THE ACTIONS OF MEGA CORPORATIONS, AND MEGA BIG BUSINESS.
IF THEY WERE ONLY INTERESTED IN CLIMATE ISSUES THERE WOULD BE NO MONEY TO BE MADE AND JUST WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DENY THE CARBON CREDITS SCAM INSTEAD. THEY ARE ALREADY SELLING THEM ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE AND EXPECT TO MAKE BILLIONS ! ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY!
First it was Global Warming, then its Climate change. The Atmosphere of the Earth consists of 78% Nitrogen; then 20/21% OXYGEN, Then comes WATER VAPOUR at varying degrees up to 1% (bearing in mind that there is give and take at various times and temperatures. Then comes Argon, then C02 at 3.8 times 10 to the power minus 4. In other words thats 0.0038% !
Check out these Figures for yourself on 'Wolfram Alfa'.

THEY WANT TO TAX EVERYONE ON THE PLANET USING A CARBON CREDITS SYSTEM!

If i am in error then i will admit it but the amount of C02 Which man emits is 1/600 th of 3.8x 10 to the power minus 4! Even if you got rid of all that man produces it would not make the slightest difference because in one year a Volcano can

3:53AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Then demand they help us BY DEMANDING THAT THE EU HELP US OR WE GET OUT OF THE EU.
Please also sign my petition on here please...

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/479/291/712/deductible-voting-the-voice-of-the-people-/

11:06AM PST on Feb 15, 2014

A normal February day - not too cold, a little sun, a little rain... What happened?

We are still getting news of people killed in yesterday's storms.

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