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Sinn Féin rejects carbon taxes and publishes alternative minority Climate Action report

28 March, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin representatives on the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee have today rejected the majority report of the committee which includes carbon taxes and have published a minority report which sets out measures to tackle climate change in a progressive manner that actually work.

Speaking from Leinster House today Teachta Brian Stanley said;

“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time and it must be tackled in a progressive way.

“But it must also be tackled by measures that work.

“The current carbon tax hasn’t reduced emissions. It hasn’t worked.  Increasing it won’t work.  The proposals from the other parties will impact harder on ordinary working people and families.

“Sinn Féin will not support such punitive measures.

“We have actively participated in this committee process.  We have listened to all the arguments and we have come to the conclusion that we cannot support the majority report.

“Therefore we have produced our own alternative which sets out our proposals to cut our carbon emissions.

“We have to enable people to change their behaviour to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Increasing taxes does not help low and middle income families to change to modern fuel efficient cars or to upgrade their homes. It just makes it harder for them to meet their bills.

“Our proposals include; investing in public transport, making homes more energy efficient, measures to reduce emissions by corporations, creating more renewable energy.

“Sinn Féin rejects this increased carbon tax. A fair, green alternative is possible.”

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