With European governments coming under increasing pressure from airline groups to re-open airspace following dozens of successful test flights directly through the volcano ash cloud, it appears as if the infamous UK MET Office, which relies on similar voodoo science in proliferating its fearmongering about global warming, has once again been completely discredited at a cost of widespread chaos on top of hundreds of millions of dollars a day in lost revenue.
As the Telegraph points out today, “Volcanoes have pumped ash plumes of this size and bigger into the atmosphere many times in the past without turning an entire continent into a no-fly zone.”
Now International Air Transport Association chief Giovanni Bisignani has slammed the no fly ban as an “embarrassment.”
“It took five days to organise a conference call with the ministers of transport. Europeans are still using a system that’s based on a theoretical model, instead of taking a decision based on facts and risk assessment,” said Bisignani.
“This decision (to close airspace) has to be based on facts and supported by risk assessment. We need to replace this blanket approach with a practical approach.”
The knee-jerk ban on all air travel was imposed firstly in the UK on Thursday by the National Air Traffic Services company as a consequence of advice from the UK MET Office, a quasi-governmental metrological outfit which is closely connected with the UK Ministry of Defence.
The MET Office was deeply embroiled in the, and as a result were forced to re-examine 160 years of temperature data before they can make their next prediction on climate change, a process that won’t be completed until 2012.
The MET Office has constantly proved that it cannot even accurately predict the immediate weather forecast, never mind temperature models a hundred years into the future. The MET Office infamously predicted last year that the UK would enjoy a “barbeque summer” and a “mild winter”. This was followed by disastrously wet July and August before the UK suffered one of its coldest and most severe winters in decades.
The MET Office gravely warned that the ash from the volcano would cause jet engines to fail by melting and then congealing in the turbines, but airlines have now flown multiple test flights directly through the ash cloud and safely landed with no ill effects whatsoever.
“Lufthansa and Air France’s KLM unit reported successful testing of flights without passengers during the weekend, and Air France said an inspection of an Airbus A320 flown yesterday from Paris to Toulouse showed “no anomalies,” reports Bloomberg.
KLM and Lufthansa conducted no less than 10 flights each without incident. “Airlines that have carried out test flights say planes showed no obvious damage after flying through the ash,” reports the BBC.
A British Airways Boeing 747 also safely conducted a test flight through the no fly zone on Sunday.
Steven Verhagen, vice-president of the Dutch Airline Pilots Association, told the Associated Press news agency: “In our opinion there is absolutely no reason to worry about resuming flights.”
Authorities have been “criticised for imposing rules which were based on theory rather than practical evidence,” which sounds like a charge that could be leveled against any of the measures imposed in the name of alleviating global warming, which have proven to be based on voodoo science in light of the Climategate scandal.
Indeed, it seems that European air travel has completely ground to halt, costing hundreds of millions in lost revenue every day, while leaving thousands of people stranded in remote areas with no means of returning home, as a result of a “precaution” that remains in place despite the fact it’s been soundly rubbished by the safe return of dozens of test flights.
London Telegraph blogger James Delingpole satirically scorns this “Precautionary Principle” in his article today while making the analogy to global warming.
“Has anyone else noticed that since the eruption of the Ejyerkslllbjorkscreeylllkkrctarslyllgrgleglugglug volcano not a single plane over Europe has crashed, been involved in a terrorist incident or caused any of passengers on board an aircraft any discomfort whatsoever?” he writes.
“I suggest we ground all passenger aircraft forever. On the Precautionary Principle….Do you see now, why the precautionary principle makes sense? When we apply it regularly all we have to lose is our money, our freedom and our sanity.”
The chaos is costing airlines an estimated figure of $300 million dollars a day, a massive blow considering many were only just beginning to get back on their feet after the global recession. Airline and travel stocks plunged today, some by well over 6 per cent, as the market reacted to delays that some are saying could continue for weeks or even months.
Now the MET Office has gazed once more into its crystal ball and predicted that the deadly ash cloud is heading towards Canada and the U.S.
Will American and Canadian authorities exercise the same misplaced trust in the discredited MET Office and as a result threaten to derail an embryonic economic recovery? To be relying on atmospheric data from a body that has proven itself over and over again to be an outlet for bias, spectacularly inaccurate and agenda-driven science is a complete joke and cooler heads need to prevail before this stupidity drags on any longer.