Special Committee on Climate Change welcomed - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Climate Change Brian Stanley TD has today welcomed the proposal for a Special Committee on Climate Action, though it must not just rehash the problems.
Deputy Stanley said that the committee must develop solutions and see climate change not as a burden but an opportunity to help our environment, develop security of supply and create sustainable jobs.
The TD for Laois said;
“Everyone will play their part and be involved in climate change. Communities need to be involved and most importantly respected in the transition ahead, but it all starts with leadership, and we need leadership from Government that plans long term and beyond elections.
“This State is in a shameful position when it comes to climate action. We have spirally emissions, the second worst in the EU when it comes to climate change measures, and we will miss our 2020 targets and face fines of hundreds of millions.
"There is double shame on this State on climate change, because we have some of the best renewable resources in Europe.
“Many of the key participants in the industries involved in combating climate change directly have not shown the vision needed for our future.
"They have been largely stagnant and blunt in imagination and will. This includes political and departmental vision.
“It will be up to an Oireachtas Committee now to directly address issues and make recommendations, but recommendations that will lead to solutions and to change.
“What we need to speak of is solutions to protecting our environment, to creating security of energy supply and to take climate action not as a burden but as an opportunity to create long term jobs, particularly in rural Ireland.
"The purpose of this Committee must be solutions. Solutions will have many sides; from making homes more energy efficient, to changing our sources of power for electricity, heat and transport.
“It will be a many sided solution, not simply putting obligations on ordinary people, asking them to take a burden. Our very first policy must be giving people alternatives.
"This will need political leadership and then a major shakeup of our civil servants, of our semi-state companies, and of the private companies in the industry to ensure they act.”