I'm Going Postal Over Coastal Compensation

esmt0126pacificaNow here’s a terrific idea fostered by CO2 Insanity.  People who built houses on the edge of a cliff near the coast need to be compensated when their houses fall off into the ocean according to this article in Telegraph.co.uk.

Over the next 20 years, 200 homes are likely to be made unsafe to live in due to coastal erosion and an additional 2,000 could become at risk, largely as a result of climate change.

It’s always caused by climate change nowadays, nothing else causes anything whatsoever. If you believe that I have the old bridge I’ll sell you .

Tim Yeo, Chairman of the EAC, said the compensation formula should be based on how long the owner has lived in the property so that it does not apply to people who were aware of the risk when they brought the house.

This sounds rather silly to me.  I mean, unless you bought a house that was 500 feet or so back from the edge of the cliff a moron would have had a clue it might be a problem in the future.  Coastal erosion has been going on for millions of years, it’s not like it’s a surprise is it?

He also suggested developers and local authorities that encourage homes to be built on flood plains or eroding coastlines should contribute to compensation.

Now that’s one part of this I don’t have a problem with.  It’s something you see year in and year out when there is enough rain and/or snow melt you get flooding.  Frankly they shouldn’t build houses where it’s going to flood anyway.  I think a better more cost-effective way to handle this would be to have people be made very aware that their new house might turn into a U-Boat or literally fall off a cliff and make it THEIR responsibility, not the governments (aka: taxpayers), whom the government must think have money trees in their backyards.

At the moment the country spends £600 million per anum on flood protection but he said this should increase to £1 billion by 2035.

Oh well, only billion here and a billion there, what the hell the taxpayers can’t take it with them anyway.

The insanity of this is that this goes on all over the world.  Is everyone going to be compensated? Where’s all this money going to come from to pay for it?

Morever, what about other planetary issues?  If I buy a house under a volcano and it erupts should I get money?  What about eartquakes?  I live in a earthquake area, I’m fully aware of it, should I be compensated if we have one and my house gets knocked off its foundation?  How about people who buy houses that get hit by hurricanes all the time?  Should everyone in New Orleans be compensated bccause they were dumb enough to buy a house in a city that is below sea-level and gets hit by hurricanes?  I think not.

The photo in the article is an example of what I’m talking about.  It’s an apartment in Pacifica, California.  We haven’t had any ocean rise of any significance since this was built, but as you can see this place is about to literally fall into the ocean.  It’s natural causes, not global warming. When this place was built the edge of the cliff was a lot farther back. What’s causing this is normal erosiom from wind, rain and tidal action.

I’d also like to know why this is an issue when the sea-level rise study has been retracted, meaning this isn’t going to be a problem for a long time, if ever.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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