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Hogan's u-turn on climate change is lazy and costly – Stanley

4 November, 2011

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on the environment Brian Stanley has today branded Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan's u-turn on climate change as “a costly, lazy, short sighted decision.”

Deputy Stanley said,

“Yesterday's shock announcement by Minister Hogan to abandon climate change legislation is clearly a short sighted and lazy approach to what is a very challenging issue.

“The Minister will not make the challenge of climate change disappear by dragging his heels. The Programme for Government commits to introducing the Climate Change Bill. The Taoiseach must now clarify if both Fine Gael and Labour changed their position on this fundamental issue or is Minister Hogan doing a solo run. By his own admission the Minister claims Ireland will not meet its 2020 emissions target on the basis of existing measures. So rather than take action, he chose to do nothing. This is totally unacceptable.

“Ireland has a great opportunity to be setting the standard on climate change. We must create jobs and develop the green economy. Robust actions can make the environment sustainability a cornerstone of our economic recovery. The government must invest in retrofitting our commercial and domestic buildings to meet the EU demand on insulation. We can develop wave energy and water harvesting. This creates 1000s of jobs, makes us self sufficient and will slash household bills by a third.

“The Taoiseach must clarify the situation immediately and give a commitment that this government will still deliver, as promised, climate legislation in 2012.”

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