Government abandons commitment on climate change - Stanley
January 23, 2013
Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today called on the government to explain why they have abandoned their commitment to introduce a climate change bill in the agreed time-frame.
“Responding to questioning by me yesterday, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that there is no climate change bill and there will not be any climate change bill until the government introduces a so-called ‘low carbon bill’.
“An Taoiseach must know that there is no need for a low carbon bill and this is yet another excuse. The climate change bill will tackle carbon emissions. This government continues to run away from their responsibilities on the environment. Last year we were promised a climate change bill, then Minister Hogan relegated the bill to a road map, then in December as he headed for the climate change conference in Doha he promised that the heads of a climate change bill would be published. Still nothing has happened.
“Minister Hogan is now president of the EU Environmental Council and he still refuses to produce a climate change bill. This is both embarrassing and destructive. Climate change poses huge challenges for us. It is only by introducing a robust climate change bill that we will be able to tackle the negative effects of global warming.
“Sinn Féin will not let this government hide from their responsibilities on climate change. A climate change bill must be introduced during this Dáil term.”