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Government report highlights another example of Fine Gael’s unjust transition to a carbon neutral society – David Cullinane TD

16 August, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action David Cullinane TD has said a report in the news today showing that electric car grants benefit the rich, is another example of Fine Gael’s unjust transition to a carbon neutral society.

Speaking today, Teachta Cullinane said;

“Sinn Féin wants a just transition to a carbon neutral society where ordinary people are not made to bear the brunt of the hardship and where the big polluters are made to pay their fair share.

“Fine Gael’s approach is clearly the opposite. First of all, they want to apply a carbon tax that will hit low earners the hardest and secondly, the initiatives they have introduced such as the grants for electric cars and the deep retrofit scheme are only available to those people who can afford to buy new cars and to invest serious money into their homes.

“Most ordinary people cannot afford these things and therefore cannot avail of the government’s scheme.

“A government report today describes the government’s approach to electric cars as ‘regressive in nature, in that they tend to benefit the wealthier in society’.

“Contrary to the government’s claims of a just transition, this is another example of how the wealthy will benefit from the climate emergency while the least well off will be made to pay disproportionately.

“It is another example of Fine Gael’s unjust transition to a carbon neutral society.”

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