Fear and Panic and The Nuclear Flood

Yesterday The Guardian ran this story. UK nuclear sites at risk of flooding, report showsRising sea levels because of climate change. As many as 12 of Britain’s 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion because of climate change, according to an unpublished government analysis obtained by the Guardian (read article)

It is part of a long running series They go like this:
The plague is coming, we’re all going to die.
The French are coming, we’re all going to die.
The plague is coming again, we’re all going to die.
The Spanish are coming, we’re all going to die
Typhoid is coming, we’re all going to die.
The Dutch are coming, we’re all going to die
Smallpox is coming, we’re all going to die.
The Scots are coming, we’re all going to die.
The French are coming, we’re all going to die.
Overpopulation is coming, we’re all going to die.
Famine is coming we’re all going to die.
Cholera is coming, we’re all going to die.
The Germans are coming, we’re all going to die.
Spanish flu is coming, we’re all going to die.
The Germans are coming again, we’re all going to die.
The Russians are coming, we’re all going to die.
Asian Flu is coming we’re all going to die.
AIDS is coming, we’re all going to die.
Mad cow disease is coming, we’re all going to die,
Flesh eating bugs are coming, we’re all going to die.
Bird Flu is coming, we’re all going to die.
Climate change is coming, we’re all going to die.
Swine flu is coming, we’re all going to die.

Picture this scene, a lunch meeting beteen a senior civil servant, Rupert, and a newspaper editor named Piers:
Rupert:
The proles are getting unruily Piers, we need a new scare story to brig them to heel.

Piers:
Be careful, they are getting to know the game, they laughed off the last few. We need something to spread fear and panic to keep the proles in order?

Rupert:
Trouble is, dear boy, they just don’t believe us anymore. Nobody trusts politicians, journalists or academics , what can we do?

Piers:
How about this (he leans across the table and whispers.) That one hasn’t been done for about 10,000 years.

Rupert: By Jove Piers, I think you’ve got it. Let’s run with it.

The next day Piers’ newspaper led on the headline,

“The flood is coming, we’re all going to die.”

7 thoughts on “Fear and Panic and The Nuclear Flood

    • Absolutely right. Some serious studies (i.e. not conducted by Teotskyite activists) have shown that sea levels are rising at about 5 mm a year. So sea levels will rise 1 meter in 200 years.

      If there was really a threat we have plnty of time to improve sea defences.

      But these people want to derail plans for new nuclear power plants and shut down the coal and oil industries and have us all sit shivering in the dark because there is no scirnce in the world can make the wind blow steadily seven days a week.

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    • Yeah, climate change is not going to make the sky fall in, Swine Flu but pigs did not fly and none of the other apocalyptic scares have amounted to anything either.

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