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DCC spent millions on coastal gaffs as RTÉ warns of climate flooding

It’s no secret that both the Irish media and the government are extremely preoccupied with the issue of climate change.

On the RTÉ News website, one of the top news categories is “climate,” and just this week the government announced a fund of €5m for “climate change content production.”

The State is so committed to saving the planet, in fact, that they were willing to put up carbon tax during a fuel crisis, and outright ban turf – moves so unpopular with the public that some TDs speculate it could bring down the government.

But that’s a risk that at least some of them are willing to take. If average Joe Soap has to suffer, then so be it; the problem facing the planet is supposedly that serious.

Keep that in mind as you read the following RTÉ article from last week, all about the massive sea-level rise and flooding that allegedly awaits us all:

“Recent sea level rise is faster than expected at approximately double the rate of global sea level rise…The 2021 Intergovernmental panel for Climate change report estimates a 1m sea level rise by 2150 under a moderate greenhouse gas trajectory…the devastation to homes, businesses and places of historical, cultural and personal significance will be severe if this scenario comes to pass.”

Bear in mind that this is based on a “moderate” sea level rise. This isn’t even the worst-case scenario – just a middle-of-the-road situation.

In a similar vein, in February of this year, a US environmental NGO by the name of Climate Central created a map showing that large parts of Dublin will soon be under water.

As reported by the Mirror:

“Several coastal areas around Ireland are at risk of being partly submerged within the next three decades, according to the analysis.”

They include a map with areas of Dublin which they believe will be below the annual flood level, including, notably, Irishtown and Ringsend. And this is supposed to happen in just a few decades.

Map by Climate Central (red is areas that may be underwater within 30 years)

Now, why is this significant?

Well, it just so happens that Dublin County Council is spending millions of euros on housing developments in these areas.

As reported by the Irish Times last September:

“An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Maxol Property Ltd for the construction of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme on a site southwest of Beach Road and south of Church Avenue in Irishtown, Dublin 4.…Maxol Property Ltd has put an indicative price of €4.82 million on 11 units from the scheme to be sold to Dublin City Council for social housing.”

As you could probably guess from the name “Beach Road,” this is about 262 metres from the coast, which is where environmentalists tell us the bulk of the climate flooding is going to occur.

Beach Road in Irishtown to Dublin Bay is around 262 metres

No doubt there are similar examples in Cork, Galway and elsewhere.

Now, there are only two possibilities here: on one hand, maybe climate change is 100% real and just as bad as we’re told, and sea levels are about to dramatically rise and flood us all within a couple of decades.

If this is true, then we have to conclude that the State is wasting millions in taxpayer money by investing it into coastal housing developments which will inevitably be washed away well within our lifetime. This would make them the most incompetent planners in the world with zero capacity to think long-term.

On the other hand, maybe climate change is not as bad as we’re told, and in a few decades the sea level will be more or less where it is today.

But if this is true, then the government’s models on the climate, like on Covid, are total and utter crap and the fearmongering around this issue is grossly exaggerated.

It necessarily has to be one or the other. You can’t tell us that we need to increase carbon tax and ban turf because sea levels are about to shoot up imminently, but then start buying gaffs on the coast.

This highlights yet again the absolutely confused, muddled planning surrounding this issue, and the lack of joined-up thinking that underlines all of Irish policymaking today.

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