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Government Climate Action Plan lacks ambition and over-burdens lower income families – Brian Stanley TD

17 June, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has described the Government’s Climate Action Plan as a green-washing exercise which lacks ambition and will not address the substantive issues of pollution, over-consumption, or corporate responsibility.

Since 2016, Sinn Féin has produced eight climate action Bills and five climate policy papers; all of which would ensure that we reach our Paris Agreement targets and that lower income families would be protected during that transition.

Speaking today, Teachta Stanley said:

“Since 2016, Sinn Féin has produced eight legislative proposals on climate action. Our Microgeneration Bill – which would give power back to the people through solar energy – has been blocked by the Government at Committee stage.

“The Government does not have an ambitious enough action plan for renewable energy. It contains no commitment to a large scale capital plan to develop renewable energy like biogas, biomass, wind, or solar on the scale which is required. Sinn Féin’s stance is clear; we want to see 80% of our energy produced by renewables by 2030.

“We want to see our economy transition from a brown one, based on carbon, to a green economy, based upon sustainable, secure green jobs. This has to be done in a manner that protects lower income families and ensures that ordinary people do not carry an unjust share of the burden.

“We have had carbon tax for nine years and in that time green house gas emissions have sky-rocketed.  We need affordable alternatives to carbon which means investment in public transport. It means training apprentices to retrofit houses and it means investment in charging points for electric vehicles.

“In an effort to placate industrial farming interests, Government has avoided addressing the problematic area of agricultural emissions. Farmers have an important role to play in climate action and there is a future revenue stream there for rural Ireland through solar, biomass, biogas and forestry. But this plan fails to address this in anyway.

“The Government has once again fallen short with regard to ambition or courage. Sinn Féin and other parties on the left have put forward a whole range of alternative proposals. The government should not simply dismiss these.” ENDS

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