Stanley accuses government of inaction on climate change
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD has accused successive Irish governments of inaction on climate change. He was responding to the speech at the COP 21 conference in Paris by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Deputy Stanley said:
“Inaction by successive Irish governments means we have hit a carbon cliff and now have to play catch up. Unfortunately the government’s legislation does not include sectoral targets and I and others tried to correct that during its passage through the Dáil.
“The Taoiseach’s statement that we are “driving economic and environmental efficiencies in agriculture and achieving results” is open to question.
“The agriculture food sector is very important and we are producing food for many other countries. However, if we are to achieve the results the Taoiseach spoke about, then we need to develop other more sustainable farming areas such as sugar beet and re-start the sugar industry.
“The beef and dairy sectors are important and must be protected, but an over reliance on these leaves us vulnerable in terms of meeting our international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”