Stanley questions Taoiseach on climate change
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, Brian Stanley TD, has today challenged the Taoiseach to “assure the Irish people and the international community of this government’s commitment to introducing a Climate Change bill in 2012 as promised in their Programme for Government.”
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Deputy Stanley said:
“It is now ten years since Kyoto and we are still waiting for legislation on this important issue. It is vital that the Taoiseach assures the Irish people and the international community of this government’s commitment to introducing a Climate Change Bill in 2012. We need clarification. Was the Minister’s recent u-turn on climate change simply a solo run or was it agreed by cabinet?
“We cannot continue to buy our way out of our environmental responsibilities. Paying for carbon credits is no longer an option. The current laizze faire attitude of the government is a continuation of the Fianna Fáil approach to tackling climate change. It is costing us financially and environmentally and now we face more challenging targets for 2020. A robust climate change Bill would give Ireland the opportunity to build a strong, sustainable green economy. Developing wave power along our east coast would create 50,000 jobs over the next 15 years greatly reducing our consumption of fossil fuels and reducing our CO2 gas emissions. A programme of retrofitting the 1.4 million houses in Ireland in need of retrofit will create a further 50,000 and will save the householder €1,496 a year on heating bills.
“Inaction on climate change is simply not an option. We in Sinn Féin recognise the need for a robust, action based, job creating climate change Bill.”