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Carbon Tax increase will cause greater fuel poverty distress – David Cullinane TD

26 September, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Climate Action spokesperson David Cullinane has affirmed his party’s opposition to increased Carbon Tax, describing the Government proposal as ‘a shakedown of poor and low-income households to appease the environmental guilt of the elite’.  

Speaking after a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, Teachta Cullinane stated that “the issue of Carbon Tax has been put on this Committee’s agenda for over a year now, yet not one shred of evidence has been presented from any source to corroborate the theory that Carbon Tax reduces carbon emissions. 

The Waterford TD said that the political parties that introduced this tax in 2010, and increased it in 2011, have “ploughed ahead proposing a trajectory increase to 2030, with complete disregard for its impact on energy-poor households”. 

Speaking this afternoon, David Cullinane TD said:

“The Department of Finance was required by the Committee to undertake a review and analysis of Energy Poverty across the State and to complete that work by June 30th. The Department failed in its compliance obligation and failed to provide an adequate explanation at yesterday’s meeting, therefore the Committee was unable reach a conclusion on the matter.” 

“In any case it is not the business of the Climate Action Committee to deliberate on and determine fiscal policy – this is a matter for Government. 

“It is not the function of the Climate Action Committee to give cover to the Government for its tax policy decisions, most especially those which cannot substantiate a carbon emissions outcome. 

“Sinn Féin will not be complicit in such a ruse. 

“Furthermore both the ESRI and the Dept of Finance confirmed yesterday that Carbon Tax is in fact already regressive, is nothing more than a revenue raising exercise, and any further increase will widen poverty and inequality between lower-income and higher-income households. 

“Sinn Féin has been saying this since last March and it is the primary reason the Party dissented from the proposals to increase the tax as published in our Minority Report. 

“Sinn Féin is steadfast in its position that a tax on carbon is nothing more than a shameful smoke-and-mirrors tactic to rationalise an unjust tax and appease the over-consumption of wealthy polluters. 

“We will continue to oppose this regressive revenue raising hustle in every way, shape and form.”

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