Government inaction on Climate Change now hitting people’s pockets – Stanley
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has said that reports that carbon tax will rise in the upcoming Budget to meet fines for not reaching our climate change targets means that householders will now have to pay as a direct result of government inaction.
The Laois TD said:
“To meet the fines we will face for not reaching our climate change obligations, the government could rise gas prices, home heating oil, and equalise petrol and diesel prices. It is reported today that this could result in an extra €200 a year for some households.
“With rising emissions and falling short on renewable energy targets, this state will be fined by hundreds of millions of euro in 2020. There has been little action by successive governments to reverse these targets, while other Members States in Europe will not only meet their targets, but surpass them. There has been a lack of interest and imagination by successive governments on our climate. I have repeatedly warned over many years of the approaching carbon cliff.
“Sinn Féin has put forward proposals to widen our portfolio of renewable energy sources which is urgently needed. Alongside this, swift action is needed in transport, such as expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and we require greater diversification in farming.”