Guest essay by Eric Worrall
“I actually don’t believe that climate change is as big as an issue as people think it is really.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council revoke climate change emergency declaration
ABC Mid North Coast / By Madeleine Cross and Luisa Rubbo
Posted Yesterday at 1:17pm
The newly-elected council of the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA has revoked its climate change emergency declaration amid protest from climate activists.
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Council votes 7-2 to rescind a Climate Change Emergency Declaration
- The councillor behind the move says the declaration is a misuse of council resources
- Local climate activists say scrapping the declaration is a “giant leap backwards” for the the community
After a lengthy debate on Wednesday night, councillors voted 7-2 in favour of a motion to rescind the declaration, which had been made by the council in March last year.
Councillor Sharon Griffiths moved the motion, saying she did not believe it was the role of local government to be leading climate change action.
“We have got so much outstanding work to be completed from flood damage, from road works — there’s so many things that need to be done in council,” Cr Griffiths said.
“It’s just misuse of council resources.
“I actually don’t believe that climate change is as big as an issue as people think it is really.”
Local climate activists protested outside the council chambers before the meeting.
Harry Creamer, from the Hastings branch of Climate Change Australia, said he was dismayed by the decision.
“This is one giant leap backwards for our community,” Mr Creamer said.
Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-17/port-macquarie-hastings-council-cancels-climate-change-emergency/100838834
Port Macquarie/ Hastins is a coastal region with around 85,000 residents, friendly people, a bustling but pleasant place to overnight if you are driving the coastal road between Sydney and Brisbane.
In terms of numbers Port Macquarie / Hastings’ 85,000 residents only represent a very small percentage of the Australian population, let alone the global population. But what greens fear is the courage of Port Macquarie / Hastings politicians could inspire other politicians who are quietly fed up with having to pretend to care about false climate narratives.
Let us hope those green fears are well founded.
That’s amazing! You wouldn’t expect such a thing in this day and age. Maybe the whole NWO / Covid thing is starting a new movement.
The Mouse that ROARED
The little boy in Holland with his dick in the dyke. Remove the dick and the hole gets bigger and then the dyke falls Good on ya cobblers for extracting the dick from the dyke.
I thought dykes weren’t interested in men?
Yeah, the dim dork meant dike.
Perhaps he spelled it that way on purpose??
It’s painful to laugh that hard when the beer shoots thru your nose, and now my wife is wondering what the he’ll I’m reading. Thanks guys
Being Dutch, the spelling would be dijk.
I think the 11 down votes may be missing your point. You are saying that this motion to revoke the Climate emergency status is the thin edge of the much need wedge. Right?
Please consult a psychiatrist urgently.
Are you suggesting that the LGB+AnythingAndEverythingElse needs a new class, the volunteers who will with abnegation stop the climate emergency by stuffing their organs in the climate narrative holes, and stay put there ?
Al, this is a load of old cobblers. And FWIW, it’s “cobbers”, not “cobblers”.
Pretty sure the original version had the boy using his thumb…
However, as you point out, it could be the start of greater things. Great to see local Councillors having some common sense ….a rare commodity these days.
Lets start a movement now with a national election coming up, Councillor Sharon Griffiths for Prime Minister.
It could lead to stack of wood lit underneath a few selected unfaithful, as object lessons. It has happened before.
Important news on climate scam
Total loss, all decks on fire, end to end. Many VW EVs IE.4 on board.
This is where the financial world meets reality. Insurance companies will end the use of BEVs. It will be increasingly difficult to transport them.
If you cannot insure an asset then you cannot finance an asset.
To meet Australia Standards, house batteries cannot be located under occupied spaces. Applying the same standard to BEVs would eliminate a large proportion of residential garages from housing BEVs.
BEVs appear to be a little more prone to fire than ICE vehicles but fires in the latter can be controlled with water. Water does not control a battery fire. ICE vehicles are not fueled up for transport. By contrast lithium batteries are usually charged to half capacity for shipping. So already considerable stored energy ready to release.
It is not sensible to be shipping batteries with vehicles. The batteries are dangerous goods. Batteries will need to be manufactured where they are to be used.
Yes, this will most likely be a 1/2 BILLION dollar loss. In other news..
A ferry off Greece is on fire with dead and missing. Rumors flying that it started in car storage by battery fire.
I can see it now…New Insurance Regulation requires ALL electric vehicles to be manufactured locally. No more overseas lading
Lots of Li-ion battery fires on airplanes, 350 as of 31 Dec 21. Most are vapes, laptops, cellphones.
There is a campaign in Australia to collect used small batteries. It is recommended that insulating tape be placed over the positive terminal of cells. Fires in rubbish collection points has been started by discarded batteries.
One of the issues with lithium batteries is their low leakage. Their storage capacity will deteriorate in use but that does not mean there s no energy left when discarded.
those are the relatively safe ones (if from a reputable maker) rather than 1000s of interconnected cells, battery management systems and cooling. What amazes me is that there are so few fires. I doubt this is going to age well.
hmm original reports said it started on the 3rd level. car would be in lower deck/hold surely?
These ferries have several car decks.
Black smoke columns and a white smoke column… White smoke could signify a lithium fire.
Nonsense. Gasoline fires cannot be put out or controlled by water. Gasoline fires are put out by removing oxygen and replacing with CO2
Actually they can be both, as sufficient water will both cool and smother the fire, depriving it of the heat and oxygen necessary to maintain combustion. Ideally you’d use CO2, yes, but drowning it in enough water will also work.
My boot camp experience begs to differ.
My Navy active-duty experience says otherwise. Water fog, not high pressure stream.
Your statement seems to be in direct opposition to my fire fighting training in the Navy. We were taught how to fight ship board fuel fires with water.
As a employee of a plastics company we were required to participate in fire school. Gasoline fires are best controlled by CO2 or chemical extinguishers. Water properly applied can mitigate the spread and fog spray nozzle settings can smother the flames.
Nonsense. Gasoline fires most assuredly can be put out or controlled by water. Talk to any of your local fire fighters, or take a class.
Gasoline fires cannot be put out or controlled by water.
FYI, DOT Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Guide says:
Fire Involving Tanks or Car/Trailer Loads:
someone in SA just lost their home cos their battery storage was in the garage /housewall area and it went up at 3am . pro battery mobs saying it was due to overload or a surge
at 3am??? nah
Recently three houses in Perth, Western Australia, we’re lost due to lithium battery fires while charging in their attached garages.
Unfortunately, my local city and county governments are all gaga over climate policy. They’re also big into the affordable housing crisis.
I’m going to recommend that all future zoning mandate that parking accommodate spaces for EVs outdoors and 50 feet from all structures and other cars.
Anything less would be irresponsible.
🔋EV batteries, the only slightly less hazardous than COVId vaccines.🦠💉😃
I’d say the opposite.
There is not enough data yet to show significant hazards from vaccines, but there is a mountain of evidence about the dangers of EV batteries.
“There is not enough [official] data yet……”
Because governments are not recording or investigating ‘vaccine’ injuries. In fact, they are actively suppressing them.
Much more important news on EV’s
Headline:”Warrington Wolves mascot’s driving antics ‘gave everyone a lift’
Lady drivers always were in a league of their own and by the time you’ve put one in an electric BMW, anything can happen. She’s hot hot hot…..
Meet Whizzy Rascal
There can be no doubt that any rate payer funds spent on trying to fix the weather will be in vain. All councils should stick to prudent spending of ratepayers funds on delivering the local services to their rate payers.
Our local council in outer Melbourne are buying electric cars for council tasks. They cost twice as much as an ICE vehicle of the same size. There is no way this is prudent use of rates.
All councilors should have their noses rubbed in the “3 Rs of Council basics” –
I note that “saving the Planet” is nowhere on that list.
My thoughts are that if you can show me you can successfully maintain your local roads, then you can move on to saving the planet.
The Department of Transportation in Colorado is spending tens of millions on climate equity programs. It’s too much to ask them to fill in some potholes.
and XiDan wants vic to go to all electric buses too ive left comments re the canada usa and german disasters to a local MP
A recent 40-year long search for the Climate Change Emergency in Australia revealed (like the /bunyip), no traces of its existence.
You are trying to confuse them with facts, not a good idea, it will only cause their brains to hurt!!!
What is promising is that the former council was voted out.
Well, if the radicals on the San Francisco School Board can be recalled, and by something like 70 %, anything is possible
I wasn’t aware of that. link
The completely-loony-left has been rejected by the less-loony-left. It looks like Port Macquarie in that the voters want their elected representatives to do what they were elected to do rather than pushing extreme ideology. It also reminds me of Ontario Canada’s former premier Kathleen Wynne, a dangerous ideologue, being handed her butt on a plate by the electorate.
The loony-left doesn’t learn. That’s one of the features of being loony. 🙂
BTW … given Canada’s ham handed handling of the truckers’ protest … how long before Alberta votes to separate?
This American would welcome an application for statehood from Alberta. And Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
We’ll trade them California, Oregon and Washington. If they ask nicely, we might through in New York for free.
No need to ask nicely
Of course the left can’t learn, else they weren’t left
If your loony left is anything like our loony left, they are blaming their losses on not being loony enough.
The principle of international diplomacy is “my loons are far crazier than yours”. Leaves room for improvement everywhere!
In San Fran it’s white supremacists apparently.
That would surely be an unacceptable opinion held by a fringe group and be grounds for invoking emergency powers?
There have been several indications that LE in Alberta are NOT on board with Freedom! There need to be FAR more pols demanding a return to citizens’ wishes, before I would ‘welcome’ Alberta.
Looks like my vote wasn’t wasted
Jeez! At last, a council with common sense and ability to communicate their decisions
Nah Climate Emergencies were so yesterday they are now onto the next woke train in the station.
Now this an infectious disease, that we could do with some more of.
A “fringe minority” of sanity which should propagate all over the planet as did the Canadian freedom convoy.
Climate Change Australia activist, Harry Creamer, should spend some time with a Freudian psychologist to figure out why his life is so pathetic that he needs to champion such lies.
Green activists sabotaged the coal terminal at Newcastle and inbound coal trains; I think ratepayers had enough of their shenanigans
I assume they were treated the same as the Canadian truckers, harassed, arrested, assaulted, pepper sprayed and trampled by RCMP horses.
Why doesn’t that surprise me.
What good does it do to declare a Climate Emergency?
It seems to me the climate activists wanted the Council to enact regulations forcing people to do things that the activists believe will ‘save the planet’ based on the declaration.
Howz ’bout those activists do all that they believe is necessary to save the planet from a climate emergency and maybe persuade others to follow their lead?
The Council is absolutely right to focus on fixing potholes now, before the potholes get big enough to swallow a bus, rather than spend time and resources on something that may happen somewhere around 2100.
As Cr Griffiths said, she just wasn’t seeing the emergency. Where’s the evidence?
The main benefit is that some Councillors get to go to a climate conference somewhere at taxpayers expense. Once a politician is in his/her second term they are generally very woke on perks…..
Our town is in a Renewable Energy Zone in Central West NSW. Of the 200 sq km of renewables approved or in the pipeline for our town, just one of the projects will take almost 3 years to complete. During that time the large truck movements will total 70 to 80 a day, 130 during the peak of the build excluding light vehicles. Newcastle Port is 300 kilometres away from us, some towns are further away. Just how much C02 is created in this process alone? This peak period will also see more than 700 workers at the site, and this is just for one of the many projects. Our population is 2,500, many of them elderly. Unemployment is low so that means that as with other nearby towns the mostly itinerant workers will need to be accommodated.
It’s well known that members of our council own tourist accommodation, substantial amounts of it. A caravan park was recently acquired, though I’m not sure if it was a private purchase or on behalf of the council. They are so short-sighted. Our region was named the top regional tourist destination last year. They are throwing that away, our region will comprise of multiple construction zones. And when it’s all done our beautiful region will be covered in industrial waste. The developers seem to by trying to match the projects with the same sized BESS. We are up to 1,100 MW of BESS backup so far, all within 8km of our town.
We formed a group three years ago call SOS. We wrote a paper, we spoke at a parliamentary hearing in Canberra against a climate bill and we have written dozens of submissions against renewables. Our aim is to educate as many people as possible about just how evil renewables are and the damage they are doing.
This article, about a council in NSW rejecting anthropogenic climate change bought me more joy than I have felt in a very long time!
I actually don’t believe that climate change is as big as an issue as people think it is really.
Considering the number of lukewarmists who run and/or contribute to WUWT and many other sceptical outlets, I’m not surprised when anyone needs to make a statement like this.
Because those lukewarmists described above pay homage to the magical powers of the GHE and the borderline craziness of the significance of what is called the ECS, why shouldn’t ordinary people feel confused and react accordingly?
I’ve praised WUWT many times for its fight against misinformation and disinformation on climate change related topics but …….
It’s about time WUWT ditched the GHE and ECS BS and established itself as a true opponent of evidence free, smoothed to swallow, junk science.
While WUWT asserts there is no evidence for CAGW, WUWT seems to accept the basic AGW claim: Atmospheric CO2 causes surface warming
Why is that? Aren’t both based on the same laws of thermodynamics? Is WUWT just disagreeing with climate alarmism on a matter of degree basis?
Too many unicorns causing trouble or just a few unicorns going about their business?
Me? I don’t believe in unicorns.
”While WUWT asserts there is no evidence for CAGW, WUWT seems to accept the basic AGW claim: Atmospheric CO2 causes surface warming”
Trouble is the ”warming” affect may look all very nice on paper but to claim it has been observed in the modern ”warming” of planet is utter bullshit. It has been suspected and nothing more. And when people like Curry claim an ”observed ECS”, let’s just say I have yet to be convinced.
The Atmospheric Thermal Effect is caused by ground level atmospheric pressure and the sun. This sidesteps entirely the radiative paradigm which causing so much confusion, for thermodynamics. And it applies accross the solar systems planets and moons.
So one has to get off-planet, to see the big picture.
The Earth is not the center of the Universe!
This leads straight to a re-evaluation of Milankovitch cycles and glaciation. Just imagine what the radiative activists think of that!
If this were about science, CAGW would be a dim disgusting memory.
Amazing, and even better since I pay rates to that council here in Oz !!!. This region is a mixed bag, with green inner-city elites moving from the cities for a sea change, combined with conservative locals that are patriotic to the Aussie culture, history and flag.
I recall having an argument with one of the green nutters on the beach back in 2000, who was claiming that we would be underwater by 2020, including the entire car park at the back of the beach. When I tried to mention that real sea level rise was only 1 or 2 mm p.a. he became quite enraged. Of course he was wrong and the water level appears no different today.
The weird thing is they often still go on to buy seaside properties, like Al Gore or Obama.
If the address is correct, Al Gores property overlooks the sea but is a few hundred feet up a hill. You can find it on Google Maps.
Obama, on the other hand, bought a $14m estate on Martha’s vineyard which is roughly 3m above sea level. And if the reports are correct, his new property in Hawaii is right on the beachfront, mere feet above high tide.
but remember, he said “ let this be when the oceans stop rising…”. Most politicians are quite optimistic in their climate control promises.
You are correct, ma’am. Follow the science, not the Profits (sic).
It’s about time a politician stood up on this scam. Very brave lady. Sharon will be well supported by 80% of her electorate.
Don Surber has an interesting take on what may be happening with globalism.
Globalism is dying of covidhttps://donsurber.blogspot.com/2022/02/globalism-is-dying-of-covid.html
Failure has consequences. So does weakness. Trudeau and Biden and all the Eurocrats are weaklings pretending to be strongmen. Putin shakes his head. Even he was not foolish enough to do a vax mandate.
Maybe inflation saves globalism by strengthening demand for cheap, slave-made baubles from Red China. I don’t know what the future holds as mine own future shrinks with age.
But I do know that covid is killing globalism. I am enjoying the show, as is Ron DeSantis who was right all along.
Now for a totally unrelated video.
Agreed. Perceptions are changing. People know instinctively something is wrong and even die hard covidians are questioning the number of jabs they are expected to tolerate and are growing suspicious at the constant alarm state the west is being held in.
Events in Ukraine are being questioned as people simply don’t understand the dynamics and are curious why the west should rush to fight a war for a dictatorship we have no allegiance with. The sudden and catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan has not gone unnoticed by even the most incurious and even they are wondering why the west would prosecute yet another war there is no hope of winning.
The cost of living crisis will hurt people badly and the only one in the firing line is Biden, he’s the lowest common denominator being that when America sneezes Europe catches a cold.
The UK’s disastrous NetZero policy is now facing the grim reality of cost. People are waking up to the fact it will cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds over the coming years. Government back benchers are revolting against Boris’ insane desire to punish the country financially when the spectre of debt from covid is yet to be quantified fully.
Blaming Putin for everything is now wearing a bit thin when people recognise that the UK has ample access to North Sea gas and fracked gas, hitherto impossible to extract thanks to government regulation, not physical dangers of ‘earthquakes’.
Germany’s problem are entirely self inflicted as they have shut down nuclear, turned to coal (bizarrely) let gas stocks run down to critical levels and because they are virtuously ‘green’ have little or no provision for the importation of LNG from the US.
Above all, there is a dawning realisation that something is going on with globalisation and someone, somewhere is pulling strings to drive it. The Macrons, Trudeau’s and Ardens of the world are displaying interestingly similar tactics in bullying their populations to compliance, and the common theme is the WEF.
Interestingly, many of the great cultures over thousands of years have flourished in a warmer world and collapsed as the world cooled. Is it coincidence our world seems to be falling apart?
You can reasonably say we have no vital interests in Ukraine and that the Ukrainian state is rife with corruption, but I don’t think it’s accurate to call Volodymyr Zelenskyy a dictator.
When someone has frog-marched you to the edge of a cliff, a giant leap backwards is exactly the right medicine.
This council has done the right thing for the ratepayers and lets hope that more councils will stand on this same ticket .
Here in New Zealand we have a government that thinks that they can save the world by bankrupting our country.
With covid destroying our tourist industry and our foreign student intakes we have to rely on our farming exports and log and timber trade to generate foreign exchange.
What is this green tinted socialist government doing ?
They are in the process of bringing in restrictions on our farming because they think that the methane from our farmed animals will cook the earth .
The IPCC stated that governments should attempt to control GHGs BUT not at the expense of FOOD production.
Our food has the lowest emissions profile even after shipping to the other side of the world .
Other countries will produce food to take up the short fall and emissions will rise globally .
The next step the government is undertaking is an act of TREASON called Carbon Farming .
They are actively encouraging investors to buy up good farms producing sheep and cattle and in some cases deer to plant in pine trees that will never be harvested , the theory being that our native bush will gradually take over and save the world and make the investors a fortune selling carbon credits .
What happens to the carbon credits in 30 or 40 years when these dying pines catch on fire ?
We also have wilding pines in the South Island and near our central volcanoes in the North Island .These are considered pest trees and millions of dollars has been spent removing them
This land is currently producing meat and wool for the world and the IPCC s advice that it should not happen is being ignored .This criminal government is going directly against directions from the IPCC but they cannot be told .
Maybe they anticipated, or have first-hand experience of:
Do you laugh or cry
OK, maybe some planes ‘struggled to land‘ – but they still did. None of them wrecked.
Roger Oveur and Shirley would be proud
I don’t ‘get’ why they bothered, perfect excuse to go somewhere nice for a
Somewhere sunny. Spain was nice today.
You might want to visit Paul Homewood’s site for some perspective on the media scare stories. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/02/18/eunice-met-office-fraud/
Australian information that should many more people should be made aware of was discussed on Sky News, Hardgrave, Friday night. Former Howard Coalition Government Cabinet Ministers Gary Hardgrave and Bronwyn Bishop were complaining about the socialist UN officials interfering in the internal affairs (sovereignty) of Australia and other nations. And using treaties and agreements entered into between the UN and member nations.
They pointed out that the Howard Government introduced legislation that required Federal Governments to investigate UN treaties and for the Committee to make a recommendation to Parliament to enable the people’s representatives to vote for or against. But that system has been abandoned and once again since then treaties/agreements are being signed and then legislated for implementation with no scrutiny by the Parliament, no referendum to ask we the people.
Obviously constitutional laws are being ignored? I understand that soon after the UN was established after WW2 it was infiltrated by Marxists, Fabian Society new world order believers since late 1800s. Australian (Communist left faction) Labor Attorney General Evatt gave the UN the plan to sign as many treaties/agreements as possible with member nations to enable like minded governments (globalist left) to get around constitutional laws.
So for about seventy years “the inevitability of gradualness” philosophy has prevailed. And as time passes the older people pass away and most of the younger generations are unaware.
I wish our new bubblehead mayor of calgary could read this, maybe she’d be inspired to rescind her own idiotic climate emergency drivel.
The other day she was on the radio demanding to see the data the province used to decide to cancel the Covid lockdowns.
I called the station to demand she release the data she used to declare a climate emergency.
Quote from the article:-
““I actually don’t believe that climate change is as big as an issue as people think it is really.””
This is only due to hyperbole from the media, people have been given very exaggerated information and many take it on face value.
truly uplifting news to read Peta P and 6 others in PtMacquarie are sane, and willing to stand up and say NO to the climate nutters
damn that was GOOD to read!!
I live in the now very large adjoining LGA, when the bushfires began in December 2019 our Deputy Mayor (Labor) decided there was a climate emergency underway, the PM was being smeared for being overseas in Hawaii on leave with his family with not acknowledgement that fire fighting is a State Government responsibility, funding of State Emergency Services including Rural Fire Service in NSW a State Budget expense. Or that when any PM is away the Deputy PM becomes the Acting Prime Minister and other Cabinet Minsters remain on call.
The PM was also attacked and smeared by the Tim Flannery Office of Climate or whatever his NGO is called. Worse former fire commissioners now Climate Office operatives claimed th PM would not meet with them to hear their warning that a seriously bad bushfire season was likely in 2019/20. But provisions were made by the NSW Government for 2018/19 based on the long drought and poor land maintenance to reduce fire hazards. So their stunt was just too obvious for anybody who bothered to do some research. And why contact the PM and not the Premier? Answer, the bushfires were another opportunity to promote climate hoax and to add to the relentless character assassination of the PM underway since he was appointed late in 2018. The Labor Opposition Leader in December 2019 even arranged a fake barbecue event at a closed RFS Depot for photo opportunities and publicity targeting the PM.
So I wrote a lengthy email to the Deputy Mayor and to the Mayor (Liberal-National) mentioning the climate hoax, natural Earth Cycles of climate changing over time and shorter term weather events. I covered the traditional seasonal burning by Australian Aborigines before white settlement in January 1788, the Snowy Mountains cattlemen taking advantage of Aboriginal land management and grasslands maintained and more.
The Mayor replied and thanked me and agreed with what I had outlined about dealing with bushfires by managing the land, and said that he was not really interested in the climate emergency politics. The Deputy Mayor replied and was clearly not happy about my email and content. However, the climate emergency publicity disappeared.
At the recent Council election the Mayor was returned and so was the Deputy Mayor.
A clear cut example of political meddling in science. The thing you always claim you’re concerned about. And now you celebrate it. We should ask this councillor what other parts of science she rejects. Does she “believe” in, say, such a mundane thing as friction? Or she rejects more fundamental stuff? Like Thermodynamics? Or gravity?
Nah – she can just spot arrant bullshit when it’s deposited.
Huh, so she is qualified for that? I think you can understand if I’m skeptical about this claim.
Millions (billions?) of empirical observations and experiments have proved thermodynamics and gravity. Where is the empirical proof of CO² driven global warming ? Your analogies are the height of sophistry.
Perhaps you should study some science. Because the observation record supports climate science. Well, science is a coherent whole, otherwise it wouldn’t be science. It wouldn’t be science without the observational support.
“I actually don’t believe that climate change is as big as an issue as people think it is really.”
Climate blaspheme. Burn her at the stake!
Its a braver statement than you might think in that area , it abounds with looney greens and a lot of holier than thou city retirees wanted to impose their “progressive” dogma on the locals. A bit like Californians moving and bringing their crap with them. It is encouraging that the locals have lined up behind some common sense councillors.
I’m hoping this thinking spreads south to Newcastle where our Green council believes that Global Warming is undermining buildings that are constructed on the beach with almost no footings!