Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government Brian Stanley TD has described the government’s Climate Action Bill, published today, as 36 pages of waffle.
“The long awaited publication of the government bill has been an anti-climax. The public want decisive action. What we see today is 36 pages of waffle. As always this government publication is heavy on spin and light on substance.
“Minister Hogan ran a public consultation last year. Some 600 people and organisations responded, 90% saying they want to see Ireland's emissions targets enshrined in national law, not just for 2020 but for 2030, 2040 and 2050.
“Following two years of consultation, road maps, reports and promises we are presented with a climate change bill that has no targets. This is comparable to getting in to a car and attempting to drive to Belfast blindfolded without a map.
“The Sinn Féin bill introduced in the Dáil three weeks ago had all the essential ingredients. It had targets for 2020 and 2050 in line with our international obligations; it had five year targets, Dáil accountability and the establishment of an expert group that would advise the government on policy.
“The Sinn Féin bill is the standard by which we judged the government bill and the government falls seriously short of what this country needs to advance the battle against climate change.”