Just the term 'climate emergency' is intended to suddenly justify new layers of regulation and money-wasting.
Tonight councillor Vanessa Keenan will move that Wagga declare a "climate emergency". This is a lame attempt to revive Labor's "Climate Change" agenda which Wagga voters rejected in May.
Every polling station in the Wagga area resoundingly voted for Michael McCormack with two-party-preferred swings in every booth except Tolland, and even there he scored 57 per cent of the vote. Keenan's "climate emergency" motion is an insult to Wagga voters.
Just the term "climate emergency" is intended to suddenly justify new layers of regulation and money-wasting.
Every industry from the abattoir and our developing oil refinery to local shops will be lumbered with additional "environmental" costs, inspections, and compliance requirements.
Regulations will hit new home buyers, with stricter energy ratings to gain additional "points" - increased insulation costs, window coating, plus mandated solar and batteries.
Then add three-phase power to allow for charging of some future electric car, increased development costs for additional street wiring, and home-buyers will be locked out of the market.
Smaller garages could be mandated to encourage "climate-friendly" vehicles, and council car parks could justify tiny parking spaces to favour smaller cars.
The list goes on.
Livestock is Wagga's biggest employer. The latest environmental "Planetary Health" diet will magically cut greenhouse gas emissions - it suggests a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat.
Apart from us all becoming pale and lethargic, this would threaten Wagga livestock and meat jobs. We could end up with new council regulations governing what restaurants can serve if we let this climate lunacy out of the bag.
Mythology plays a big part in climate change politics. Remember Tuvalu and Kiribati? Weren't they going to be swamped by rising oceans around about now?
The ABC was embarrassed to find that in the four decades to 2014, Tuvalu has actually grown by 73 hectares.
As Professor Jennifer Marohasy explains, despite minor sea level rise, there has been positive sediment generation for these islands from wave deposition, causing an expansion of the majority of the islands. The Earth is a living planet, with volcanoes playing a big part because islands generally rise relative to the global averaged sea-level when volcanoes are active.
Gerard Henderson's Media Watch Dog quoted the ABC's Tony Jones when presenting Lateline in 2009. Jones excelled himself to impress his guest, the then Environment Minister Peter Garrett.
Jones said, "... the report of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research ... released today ...warns that a number of climate influences could amplify this ice loss ... The most scary thing it says is the upper level of those rises in global sea level could be as much as six metres - six metres - by the end of the century."
In December 2018, Kellie Edwards on the ABC's The Drum wailed, "I've got a 10-year-old. She's going to be left with these problems. She's going to live to a hundred. By that stage we're looking at five degree change, sea level rises perhaps between - no one really knows - 50 metres?"
Then added: "... my child's lying awake in bed at night worried about this stuff."
Professor Marohasy reminds us that sea level in Sydney has risen about 6.5cm in the last hundred years!
Good old Al Gore claimed in 2006 the world would reach "a point of no return in 10 years".
Sea levels would rise 20 feet (6m) "in the near future".
In 2008 he reckoned the north polar cap would be completely ice-free within five years.
In 2011, polar bears would soon be close to extinction, but their numbers are actually rising.
Professor Marohasy points out, "... there is nothing unusual about the speed or magnitude of climate change over the last 100 or so years .... global temperatures, including in Sweden, are about as hot now as they were 1000 years ago."
The Medieval Warm Period (950-1250) witnessed major cultural advances, cathedrals, castles, Vikings.
The Little Ice Age followed, famine and revolution.
Real climate action is building dams, harvesting floodwaters here and in the tropics, and enhancing irrigation so that we can drought-proof agriculture, make deserts bloom, and feed the world.
May common sense prevail at tonight's council meeting.