Mega-droughts – Another Load of Hot Air

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I was amazed to read an article on the BBC web site last week that seemed to completely contradict itself.

The story was headlined US ‘at risk of mega-drought future’ and stated;

There is already broad agreement that the American Southwest and the Central Plains (a broad swathe of land from North Texas to the Dakotas) will dry as a consequence of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Further down the article another line;

“In both the Southwest and Central Plains, we’re talking about levels of risk of 80% of a 35-year-long drought by the end of the century, if climate change goes unmitigated,”

Yet, the beginning of the article opens with the following paragraphs;

The American south-west and central plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years.

Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries.


So super droughts happened in the past – the 12th Century, the 13th Century and over a thousand years ago – when there was clearly no man-made global warming, no man-made increase in greenhouse gases like CO2.

But for some reason, this time around it is all the fault of mankind.

If we weren’t heading for an energy crisis across the world, blighting our landscapes with monstrous windmills, driving people into fuel poverty with increasing green taxes, this would actually be mildly amusing.


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