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Climate Change Bill lacks ambition- Lynn Boylan

19 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has stated that the government’s climate change bill as has failed to set out any long-term targets for reducing Irish greenhouse gas emissions. 

Speaking today from Dublin Ms. Boylan, a member of the environment committee and GUE/NGL group spokesperson on green jobs in the employment and social affairs committee, said:

“Unfortunately Minister Kelly has picked from where Phil Hogan left off when it comes to climate change. The government legislation lacks substance and missed an opportunity to make a specific commitment to reduce emissions.

Government inaction on this issue led to Sinn Féin reintroducing the all-party Climate Change Bill of 2010. This alternative Bill included all the things that are lacking in this government’s lacklustre attempt to tackle the issue of climate change.

It had targets, carbon budgets and an independent, expert climate change commission.

According to reports we have just experienced the hottest year on record. This Fine Gael/ Labour government has made the choice not to tackle this issue. The legislation is three years late, is vague in nature and looks to Europe to set the bar on emission targets, effectively absolving itself from any responsibility for tackling an issue that will affect all Irish citizens.”

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