'Act of God' -- not global warming
Published 21/04/2010 | 05:00
THE Icelandic volcano has put the tin hat on the ridiculously expensive efforts in our lifetime to "combat" global warming, in the optimistic belief it is man-made.
Despite the most advanced technology and regardless of scientific consensus -- as in the case of some recent earthquakes, tsunami, cyclones, and tornadoes -- the current eruption of ash has crept, without warning, across European skies like a thief in the night. With grounded planes and economic disruption alone, the cost is running to more than €500m.
Never have I heard so many people in high places -- airline companies, huge insurance outfits, firms of assessors and politicians -- so forthright in proclaiming this apparent natural phenomenon as an "act of God".