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Forfás report highlights need for alternative energy - Ferris

5 April, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has said that the Forfás report on the implications of the future availability of oil highlights the need for this country to intensify research and development of alternative energy sources.

Deputy Ferris said: "Forfás correctly draw attention to the threats posed to the future availability of oil. However, the focus has been almost exclusively on the suggestion that nuclear energy might provide an alternative source. It is my opinion that this deflects from other suggestions regarding the possibilities of utilizing alternative sources and the priority to develop sources which are more subject to national control. In that regard it is essential, for example, that our offshore oil and gas reserves are taken away from the exclusive control of foreign corporations.

"Among the alternatives are wind and wave power. I would also urge that greater effort is put into promoting the growing and processing of energy crops for the production of biofuels. The EU has already set targets for the proportion of vehicle fuels to be supplied from that source but the concern must be that this will also be dependent on suppliers from outside the country. It is essential therefore that the Government act immediately to promote the growing of energy crops by farmers and the development of processing facilities as part of a coherent response to the problems posed in the Forfás report." ENDS

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