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Sinn Féin will dissent from Carbon Tax recommendations of Climate Change report - Brian Stanley TD

8 March, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD


Responding to the leaking of the Oireachtas Climate Change Committee Report this evening Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley said his party will dissent from the carbon tax recommendations of the report and produce it’s own report.

He said his party could not and will not support a Carbon Tax proposal that does not protect low and middle income earners and does not ensure that the big polluters pay their fair share.

Speaking this evening Teachta Stanley said;

“Once again we have seen an Oireachtas report make its way into the public domain before it has even been finished and before the Committee members have had an opportunity to make their views public.

“I want to make it clear that Sinn Féin members of the committee will dissent from the carbon tax recommendations of the report and produce our own recommendations.

“We have many issues of concern with the report but the most pressing one is the proposal for a flat rate increase tonne carbon tax of up to 400% by 2030.

“That is not something that Sinn Féin can support.  We will not support any carbon tax that does not protect low and middle income earners and does not ensure that the big polluters pay their fair share.

"We already have high fuel costs, and the current carbon tax it has not lowered emissions. They have in fact increased. Loading another layer of tax will not change behaviour.

"People need to be able to switch to the alternatives, of heat pumps, electric vehicles and microgeneration. We need also investment in public transport.

“I look forward to publishing our own proposals next week.”

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