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Photo: Pascal Maitre/National Geographic

Photo: Pascal Maitre/National Geographic

Lost in the Sahel

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Earthquake Taliban: when emotion gets in the way of good policy

One of the troubles with the Christchurch earthquake is the emotion and political overreaction it caused regarding strengthening of old buildings and churches that no one uses. Spending eye watering amounts might makes sense in Wellington but it’s nuts that engineers want to spend billions on filling Auckland buildings with steel and kicking out parishioners.

The NBR reports:

Wellington risk consultancy Tailrisk Economics is warning against the country’s estimated $10 billion earthquake-strengthening policy, saying it could have “detrimental effects” on the economy and communities.

The consultant’s just released report Earthquake strengthening policy formulation in New Zealand 2003-2013: A study in failure claims there are serious flaws in the way earthquake-prone buildings are designated.

The report’s author, Ian Harrison, says New Zealand’s attempt at an earthquake-strengthening policy will cost more than $10 billion but produce benefits of less than $100 million.

“No other country applies across the board national earthquake strengthening standards because it is economically illogical to do so,” the report’s author Ian Harrison says.  Read more »

Thursday nightCap

Not so fast with claims of ever increasing storms

The green taliban likes to claim that “climate change” is going to create more and more storms. After the cyclone in the Philippines thy again re-iterated these claims, including a bizarre speech by Russel Norman in the parliament.

But what are the facts? Well the facts don’t support their claims…no surprises really.

The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way.

Warmist claims of a severe increase in hurricane activity go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. The cover of Al Gore’s 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” even features a satellite image of the globe with four major hurricanes superimposed.

Yet the evidence to the contrary was there all along. Back in 2005 I and others reviewed the entire hurricane record, which goes back over a century, and found no increase of any kind. Yes, we sometimes get bad storms — but no more frequently now than in the past. The advocates simply ignored that evidence — then repeated their false claims after Hurricane Sandy last year.   Read more »

Dancing on the graves of victims to promote the cause

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Like Piers Morgan dancing on the graves of children to promote gun control the Green taliban are now dancing on the graves of victims of Typhoon Haiyan to prmote their cause of climate change.

We saw Russel Norman do it last week in our own parliament an now the we are seeing media enter the fray. Perhaps the worst offenders are the BBC.

Like Russel Norman they are rude and wrong.

Listeners to Radio 4′s Today programme were given an unmistakable but totally bogus message last week: that catastrophic storms such as Typhoon Haiyan are linked to global warming – and are set to increase.

The same claim, which has no scientific basis, was echoed by David Cameron, who said there was ‘growing evidence’ that warming was responsible for storms.  Read more »

Oh look another policy with “kiwi” tagged on the front

Labour thinks that because they tag “Kiwi” on the front of everything that people will like their daft policies.

The latest daft idea is to create a Kiwi Insurance company to try and undercut all the other companies out there. Their rationale is incredibly flawed because ultimately any insurance company operating in New Zealand alone will have all their risk located in New Zealand….and still have to seek reinsurance offshore…and therefore the underlying costs may actually be more expensive for “KiwiAssure” than that of insurance companies whose risk is spread globally.

The basic premise of insurance is to spread risk…all Labour’s policy does is concentrate risk…and we all know what happened to AMI with the Christchurch earthquake…the provincial under-cutter of insurance fell over.

Labour’s problem is that they think that if something is state controlled it is somehow better…two words…Solid Energy.

Gerry Brownlee gets stuck into them with a few home truths.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says Labour’s policy of establishing a state-owned insurer is no different than its other half-formed ideas – it’s emotive, shows a hopeless grasp of economic realities, and raises questions Labour won’t be able to credibly answer.

“Labour might hate private insurance companies, but the reality is they’re paying for $20 billion of the Canterbury rebuild – twice New Zealand’s annual corporate tax take,” Mr Brownlee says.

“The fact of the matter is you can only undercut insurance competitors if you’re prepared to take greater risk.   Read more »

Open Post: Big 6.2 Quake in Wellington Region

The Wellington region has experienced a large earthquake this afternoon.

A severe earthquake has rocked the Wellington region and the top of the South Island.

There were early reports of a house collapsing in Seddon, Marlborough. Geonet said the quake measured 6.2, 10km south east of Seddon at a depth of 8km. Initial reports said the quake was 6.9.

A magnitude 5.7 aftershock centred 5km southeast of Seddon and 8km deep hit about six minutes later.  Read more »

Politicising disaster

It had to be the Green taliban that would jump onboard first at politicising the earthquake in Wellington. Of course it would be Gareth Hughes too.

No evidence is produced that earthquakes have resulted in oil spills anywhere in the world…yet they just launch forth with this disaster porn masquerading as concern.

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Herald doesn’t even check its own files

Sometimes google is not your friend…sometimes it is. When someone rarks up in the media it is always a good idea to find out all about them, what their motivations are or aren’t.

Clearly the “decent journalists, trained and skilled” at the NZ Herald haven’t yet found it necessary to become “trained and skilled” in using Google.

If you have a quick flick on google, go back to 2011, and you get a useful insight into the motivation of the “concerned citizen”  Bryan Staples who has put the arm on the EQC over the accidental emailing of claims to his account.

Turns out our concerned citizen is making a living out of putting the slipper to EQC

“Advocacy services are emerging up to help quake-stricken Christchurch residents resolve disputes with EQC and insurance companies.

EQ-East, founded by former EQC employee Bryan Staples, has carried out 150 independent assessments of quake-damaged homes for property owners unhappy with EQC reports or the standard of repairs managed by Fletcher EQR.  Read more »