Proposed Carbon Tax will disproportionately impact on low and middle income families – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has described the proposed increase to the Carbon Tax as “punitive”.
Ms McDonald said that the proposal will disproportionately impact on low and middle income earners who cannot afford to make changes such as buying electric cars or retrofitting homes.
Speaking in the Dáil the Sinn Féin President said:
“Climate change is perhaps the defining challenge of our generation and must be faced head on.
“But the way to fight climate change is not to penalise ordinary families and working people by increasing their fuel costs or utility bills. That is not something we in Sinn Féin will support.
“Unless measures are in place to give families alternatives, a Carbon Tax is just a punitive tax increase and must absolutely be opposed.
“We need to see climate change tackled in a progressive way that combines social justice and fairness with the obvious environmental demands.
“We need a retrofitting programme. People need to be able to easily switch to heat pumps, make the change to electric vehicles in a cost effective way and avail of microgeneration. We need also real investment in public transport.
“The type of Carbon Tax being proposed is not the solution. It is ineffective, regressive and creates the illusion of action and Sinn Féin will not stand over it.”