Bad news on the truck front, it is either a blocked injector which will cost around £200.00 to sort out or the bloody big thing has dropped a valve which will cost in the region of £700.00 to sort out.
What he giveth, he quickly takes back with the other hand.
However, this whole episode has got me thinking again, you see if we ever need to leave this planet and journey into space what would happen if you got a blocked injector or dropped a valve whilst you were out there?
You would need some sort of inter galactic AA or RAC to come and sort you out. I have already sent off 5 patents for such a service to the patent office and am currently filing the intellectual copyright paperwork for the idea.
That said I don’t think that response times would be in the thirty minute window.
“Hello is that Mrs Jones?” “yes” Its Gary from the IRS,” “what do you bastards want, I filed my tax return last month?” No Gary from the intergalactic recovery service,” “Oh” “yes I'm just going to swing by alpha centuri and should be with you in about 2 light years”
Again the idea is full of problems which will probably keep me awake at night but resolve them I intend to do.
The up shot of which is that the doomsday scenarios that the likes of Al Gore et al have predicted are extremely unlikely to occur, and that the scenarios considered likeliest - and used for planning by the world's governments - are overly pessimistic.
Many previous climate sensitivity studies have looked at the past only from 1850 through today, and not fully integrated paleoclimate date, especially on a global scale.
When you look back and reconstruct sea and landmasses from the last glacial maximum the results tell us a different story.
OK, now for the science bit, The baseline assumption of climate science at the moment is that given a doubling of atmospheric CO2 compared to pre-industrial levels the most probable result is that the Earth would see a surface temperature rise average of 3°C - and that there would be a significant chance of much bigger, perhaps fatal rises.
Analysis says that the planet's climate simply can't be this sensitive to CO2 changes, or much more extreme events should have occurred at certain points in the past - and they did not.
For instance, if the climate were sensitive enough that doubled CO2 could mean catastrophic warming, the low carbon levels seen 21,000 years ago should have resulted in an equally lifeless ball of ice.
OK so what is the most probable result based on the evidence, the most probable result as and when double CO2 occurs is actually a rise of just 2.3°C - only just above the 2°C limit which international climate efforts are seeking to stay within.
If we also take into account new research which has been looking into pollution munching molecules called Criegee intermediates which basically scrub our air clean and are found to do so at a much higher rate than at first was thought.
Experiments have been carried out at Bristol and Manchester universities the results of which will have a significant impact on our understanding of the oxidising capacity of the atmosphere and have wide ranging implications for pollution and climate change.
Natural ecosystems could be playing a significant role in off-setting global warming, and it is with this in mind that I will move one step closer to the pedestal of “I TOLD YOU SO”
Anyway that aside as you journey through life the threat of catastrophic global warming sidestepped, take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.