Climate change is all about ‘feeling’ there’s something wrong with the weather not about facts. That’s why people supposedly in touch with their ‘feelings’ love to pontificate about the subject as James Delingpole so eloquently points out in his latest article for Breibart, poking fun at some of the world’s most illustrious petals, from the Pope to Prince Charles.
Auckland is a bit short on famous media luvvies but, not wanting to be left out of the great global scaremongering, we have our very own ‘knit-your-own’ deputy mayor, Penny Hulse. Hulse, who appears to have no academic qualifications, not even a degree in underwater basket weaving, tells us in a recent interview with Radio NZ that “sea levels around Auckland have already risen 11cm” so there’s no point spending money protecting coastal properties. Instead we need to manage a retreat from coastlines. She’s in her element when discussing the impending catastrophe. She talks about houses disintegrating and falling from cliffs into the sea, more severe storms, and more flooding.
The climate change scam is a god-send for the fluffy Hulse. She uses it to justify anything from 10%pa rates rises, to hating cars, to in-fill housing, to cutting spending on essential infrastructure, like building sea wall defences. Yes, that’s right. She predicts Orakei cliff homes will fall into the sea in the next hundred years and her remedy is to manage a retreat from coastlines. Talk about a defeatist mentality.
Imagine if Holland had taken Hulse’s attitude hundreds of years ago when the country, much of which is below sea level, was under water. Instead they got pro-active, build flood defences, drained the land below sea level and literally created a country. Are they worried about further rises in sea level. You bet. Do they go around wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth? Of course not, they get on with protecting the land.
A hundred years ago Aucklanders also took a ‘can do’ approach to coastal erosion. They extended the Auckland waterfront into the Waitamata Harbour by land reclamation. They built the much of the city centre, the docks, and waterfront, all on reclaimed land – land that Hulse and Brown are now investing with billions of ratepayers’ money.
What’s going on here? Is Hulse really the complete twerp she sound like, or is she yet another ‘Green’ hypocrite, or just catastrophising so she can get the government to stump up with more money to pay for the essential infrastructure local government is supposed to exist to provide. It appears to be all three.
Auckland is predicted to have a sea level rise over the next hundred years consistent with the sea level rise over the last hundred years. Nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with the natural ebb and flow of the world’s weather combined with land rises and falls. Auckland didn’t fall into the sea then and it won’t in the future. The only real danger is from woolly cardigan politicians like Hulse with their equally woolly thinking.
Wasting our money on providing the wrong solutions to the wrong problems is the real catastrophe facing Auckland.