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There has been a vast gulf between Irish Government’s words and actions on Climate Change – Brian Stanley TD

15 November, 2016 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment has criticised the inadequate approach the Irish Government has taken towards tackling climate change just far and called on Minister Naughten to follow up on words with actions.

Deputy Stanley stated:

“The ongoing Conference of Parties in Marrakesh this week is an opportunity for all nations to come together to tackle what is probably the biggest threat to the planet”

“We have seen in the past how the Irish Government has made numerous platitudes to tackle Climate Change however when it comes to action we continuously fall short”

“Ireland is certain to miss its EU 2020 target of 16% total consumption of energy from renewables.”

“The Electric Transport Plan devised by the Fianna Fáil – Green Government in 2008 has achieved less than 1% of its target for electric vehicles on our roads.”

“Indeed the biggest factor in reducing emissions in Ireland over the past decade was the economic crash as opposed to any environmental initiatives taken by our government.”

“Minister Naughten has expressed confidence that Ireland will somehow meet its 2020 target of 40% of electricity generated from renewable sources.”

“However, he has also ruled out diversifying Irelands our renewable energy generation by allowing a level playing field for solar energy development in the country”

“Minister Naughten has cited the expense of subsidising solar development yet fossil fuel industries continue to benefit from hundreds of millions in subsidies every year.”

“If we are to be serious about meeting our energy targets we need to take brave and radical action. Otherwise we will continue to be a nation that says one thing and does another.”

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