I’m happy to report today that the government has acted to stop this madness. It has issued this media release.
Coastal hazard issue to be uncoupled from fast-track earthquake recovery plan process
“The coastal hazard proposals in the council’s draft plan have caused concern for communities like New Brighton, Southshore and Sumner. We should not allow our thinking to become so cautious that we block development in areas on the premise of worst case scenarios of sea level rise. We need to take the time on such far-reaching rules to rigorously test restrictions from both an economic and a risk management perspective,” Ms Wagner says.
“We are proposing both legislative change and national policy guidance on such hazards as part of our Resource Management Act reform programme. More time will also allow contestable advice and normal appeal rights to the Environment Court. It makes sense for the timing of this work to be aligned with national policy. I am satisfied that the existing plans provide adequate interim measures to deal with these risks in the immediate future,” Dr Smith says.
“This announcement will be welcomed by the thousands of Christchurch residents who were hugely affected by the planned restrictions on their property use. It will spare them the mad rush to make submissions by 16 October and the uncertainty for their communities over the already difficult earthquake recovery,” Mr Brownlee says.
Cabinet’s decision now requires the drafting of an Order in Council. This will be subject to consideration by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Review Panel. The change in scope to exclude coastal hazards from the fast-track process will be advanced as quickly as possible.
“The Government acknowledges the advocacy of local residents groups who have sought this revised approach This deferral is an opportunity for the councils and communities to re-engage and find a better way to deal with these coastal hazards risks,” the Ministers concluded.
A worldwide study quoted by Whaleoil today shows that even the climate nutters are beginning to realise that the constant catastrophising of climate warmists is having a detrimental effect on their cause. They should instead be using the carrot not the stick. “If people believed that addressing climate change would result in a more caring and moral community, the study found, they were more likely to act.”
Perhaps, but in reality people are not as stupid as climate change nutters think, as Whaleoil concludes:
We have seen all sorts of predictions from warmists, none of which has come true…including their projections and charts showing alarming increases in temperature which have failed to materialise.
What is utterly hilarious is watching the same people telling us how we are all going to die…because warming…then in the next breath talk about how terrible it is poor people are living in cold damp houses…despite the increased warming.
The whole climate change thing has been over egged by warmists and their predictions have failed utterly. No wonder we don’t believe them anymore.
It’s bollocks of course, but that doesn’t stop it being used as a stick to beat all those hated by the hard left whenever they get a toehold in power. We won’t always have common sense governments to root it out its harmful effects, but at least for now the government has protected its citizens.