Climate Change Mitigation Plan Inadequate – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the Government’s National Mitigation Plan published today on Climate Change as “rehash of previous commitments, short on new ideas and will not guarantee that the state meets its international obligations on the reduction of emissions.”
Teachta Adams said:
“It isn’t good enough for Minister Naughten to decry the fact that the State is playing catch-up on its climate change targets. Nor can the Government claim as it does in the Mitigation plan that it is 'taking the lead in addressing the climate challenge'
"The responsibility for the inadequate drop in emissions levels that have been reached thus far is entirely the responsibility of the Government which has failed to take the measures necessary to address the threat posed by climate change in the determined way that is required.
"The reality is that Government policy has ensured that the State will not reach its international commitment to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. This will lead to significant financial penalties being imposed.
"Climate change is probably one of the most important areas of crisis facing the world today. There was understandable outrage at the decision by President Trump to leave the Paris Climate Change Accord.
And yet several weeks ago the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar scrapped the Cabinet Committee on Climate change.
"This will reduce the time given to the development of policy on this crucial issue and the priority it will receive by the Taoiseach and department officials.”