Please excuse the lack of radio contact: I’m in the Ardennes, with my father and daughter, on a research trip to visit some of the key sites of the Battle of The Bulge. But as you can imagine my second favourite subject – after WWII – has never been far from my mind. Well, how could it be when, no matter where you go in the world these days evidence of the absurdity of the great man made global warming disaster is all around you?
Exhibit A: Monschau, which we visited today, is quite possibly the most gorgeously chocolate-boxy village in all of Germany – wonky half-timbered houses with a river running through the middle, so pretty that Hitler gave express orders it should not be shelled during the Battle of The Bulge. In a restaurant, the proprietor was lamenting the fact that its famous Christmas fair was not as well attended these days as it used to be a few years ago. Why? The snow. He explained: “People used to come from many miles around for our Christmas fair because our geographical position meant that Monschau always got snow when other places didn’t. But these days EVERYWHERE gets snow, so the snow is not such a draw and people are too scared to make the journey because the roads are too dangerous.” (Note: this revelation was entirely unprompted. I wasn’t wearing an I DON’T BELIEVE IN AGW t shirt or anything. Anyway, he didn’t speak English so he couldn’t have read it if I was wearing one).
Exhibit B: About five miles from Monschau is the Eifel – the forested zone in which the Germans concealed their men and materiel prior to the Ardennes offensive Wacht am Rhein. And apart from pine trees guess what now dominate this beautiful National Park designated area? That’s right. The very unphotogenic, ungemutlich sight of massive white wind turbines. And see if you can guess what all 15 or so of those wind turbines weren’t doing as we drove past, thinking how much prettier and more natural the area would look without them? Yes, that’s right – they were staying still. Now let’s remind ourselves why those wind turbines are there despoiling the landscape: to reduce carbon emissions which cause “global warming”. Now let’s go back to Monschau and try to recall why fewer people are going to its Christmas fair these days.