Fine Gael in favour of importing fracked gas from the US? - Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has asked the government to clarify its position on the import and use of fracked gas from the US.
Ms Boylan was responding to a report that Fine Gael MEP’s are in favour of removing restrictions on US Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) exports under Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.
Speaking today in Brussels, Ms Boylan said:
“Ireland imports 89% of the energy it consumes during a year according to data from Eurostat and 98% of this is supplied by fossil fuels. Ireland is the 4th highest energy importer in the EU.
A 98% reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable. Ireland should be looking to diversify its energy sources by moving away from fossil fuels and not seeking to replace one imported source with another.
Ireland is already not on track to reach its climate targets, namely its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. Does Ireland have a well-thought out integrated plan to deal with this?
Sinn Féin is committed to renewable energy and there should be a mix of renewable sources brought on stream.
Sinn Féin has identified rich sources of renewable energy in Ireland which include tidal, wave, biomass and other forms of renewable energy.
Furthermore we believe that semi-state bodies must take the lead on developing renewable energy in Ireland. The ESB, Bord na Mona and Coillte have all been identified by Sinn Féin as potential leaders in the field of renewable energy production.
With proper focus from government, there is potential to create jobs, create energy and ensure a balanced and secure energy supply into the future.
“The shale gas revolution” or fracking as it is usually referred to is not the answer. The environmental impacts of this practice are worrying and there are moves across the US to ban the practice so if Ireland was to go down this controversial route how secure would this source actually be?
Frankly MEP Kelly’s comments are ill-timed. Earth Hour is taking place this Saturday to raise awareness about climate change and developing renewable sources of energy should be the focus, not seeking alternative fossil fuel sources.