Monday, December 21, 2009

Mix Climate Change and Eco-Travel...

...and you get clusterf*cks like this one:

LONDON (AP) - The only passenger rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday, promising more travel misery for thousands of stranded passengers just before Christmas.

Services have been suspended since late Friday, when a series of glitches stranded five trains inside the Channel Tunnel and trapped more than 2,000 passengers for hours in stuffy and claustrophobic conditions.

Some panicked passengers stayed underground for more than 15 hours without food or water, or any clear idea of what was going on - prompting outrage from travelers and a promise from Eurostar that no passenger train would enter the tunnel until the issue had been identified and fixed.

Eurostar runs services between England, France and Belgium. The company said Sunday it had traced the problem to "acute weather conditions in northern France," which has seen its worst winter weather in years.

So a little snap of cold weather forced a collapse of Europe's vaunted transcontinental, eco-friendly rail link?

Interesting - if all the climate change clowns are wrong, we may be wasting billions of dollars creating infrastructure that is prone to critical breakdowns if the Earth just herself.

Remember - a four wheel drive vehicle will get you almost anywhere you need to go, in any weather. Of course, most of them are not too "green", but beats freezing to death when your Prius gets stuck in a snowbank....

Someone tell the Europeans. And the environmentalists. And the media. And the Democrats...

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