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Climate change failures by government ‘little surprise’ – Stanley

5 December, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Commenting on the report from the Climate Change Advisory Council which was published today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said there is little surprise at the stark failure of government when it comes to action on climate change in this report.

The Laois TD said:

“Late last month, the Environmental Protection Agency reported emissions returning to 2009 levels with a 7% rise over the past two years. There was a 2.7% increase in emissions from agriculture, a 3.7% increase in the transport sector and a 6.1% increase in emissions from the energy industry. Today’s report from the Climate Change Advisory sheds yet more light on political inaction and denial of the issue.

“The plan from Government rests with their very watery ‘National Mitigation Plan’ published in July this year, which the Climate Change Advisory Council have now slammed and see as inadequate, and Sinn Féin agrees with this. 

“This government and previous governments have an utter disinterest in acting on climate change.  Successive reports clearly highlight this political disinterest. Whatever this government, and the previous Fine Gael government will be remembered for, their lack of action of our climate may stand out as their shameful legacy.

“As a result, Ireland will miss our 2020 targets by a mile and the tax payer will pay for hefty EU fines. Sinn Féin want renewed action to avert this.” 

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