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Climate Bill 2014 - highlights and summary of reaction

Issued in the blog on April 23, 2014 at 23:57:00.

IMG_4032 Snowmen protest at Custom House, urging Gormley to publish Climate Change Bill

So, the Government has finally published the Heads of its Climate Action Bill.

In a nutshell:
It took two years for them to replublish last year the Fianna Fail / Green Party Bill - with all the targets taken out, and the "independence" of the expert advisory body further weakened. Ignoring the outcome of their own extensive public consultation along the way. And now, a year later, they have strenghtened the expert body a bit but ignored most of the key recommendations of the Oirachtas Committee who carried out extensive stakeholder hearings last year.

Oh, and these are still only the Heads. The full Bill is promised by the summer.

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Minister Hogan disregards key recommendations from Oireachtas Committee in revised Climate Bill

Issued in news on April 23, 2014 at 23:19:00.

Improvements are mostly minor and cosmetic

Dáil and Seanad must now strengthen Bill as it becomes law

Friends of the Earth has described the Government's proposed changes to the Climate Bill as mostly minor or cosmetic improvements. Minister Hogan has only acted on one and a bit of the the four key recommendations from the Oireachtas environment committee's all-party consensus report.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

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"Draft climate change legislation to tighten carbon pledges" - Irish Times

Issued in news on April 23, 2014 at 13:12:00.

Harry McGee, The Irish Times

Bill will include binding commitment to targets set by EU and UN up to 2050

Draft climate change legislation to be published today contains several key changes that will tighten the State’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The heads of the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill will be unveiled today by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

Earlier versions of the planned legislation were criticised by a number of organisations campaigning in this area because they contained no specific medium-term or long- term targets for the key dates of 2030 and 2050.

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Heads of the Climate Action Bill 2014

Issued in publications on April 23, 2014.

These are the revised heads of the Climate Bill, agreed by the Government on Wednesday 16th April and published by Minister Hogan on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Click here to download.

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Lack of political leadership on climate change fed opposition to wind energy - Today's Climate Bill can reset debate

Issued in news on April 15, 2014 at 09:49:00.

Lack of political leadership on climate change fed opposition to wind energy - Today's Climate Bill can reset debate

Friends of the Earth has claimed that a lack of political leadership on climate change has fed opposition to wind energy and that strong climate change legislation can reset the public debate on renewable energy. The claim comes as opponents of wind energy gather for a national protest in Dublin and the Cabinet is due to decide on the shape of the long-awaited Climate Bill.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, said

"This Government has been noticeably silent on the challenges and opportunities posed by tackling climate change. There has been no leadership on the rapid transition we face to stop the climate crisis becoming a climate crash.

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4 tests for the revised climate Bill

Issued in the blog on April 14, 2014 at 00:35:00.

Weak Climate Bill 1 - Stop Climate Chaos coalition slams Climate Bill as too weak to work.
Stop Climate Chaos coalition slams Climate Bill as too weak to work.

A year ago, Friends of the Earth said the Government's draft Climate Bill was "like a car without an engine" and Stop Climate Chaos called it simply "too weak to work".
But the public hearings held by the Oireachtas Joint Committee last summer were very inclusive and thorough. Their subsequent report represents common ground across political parties and among a wide range of stakeholders on the contents of the Bill. Secondly, the process of developing a revised Heads of Bill is a test of the political reforms initiated by this Government to improve the democratic process by increasing the legislative role played by Oireachtas Committees. The courses of action highlighted in the report point to areas where significant improvements can be made to the Heads of Bill. While they are not as strong as we in would have liked, we believe they are the minimum that need to be reflected in the Bill in order to ensure its effectiveness. Specifically:

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Warning of floods and food shortages in Ireland

Issued in news on April 04, 2014 at 17:17:00.

floods ireland

Warning of floods and food shortages in Ireland

Frank McDonald Irish Times

Ireland is likely to face more extreme weather events such as the recent flooding and storm surges, increased water restrictions and shortages of animal fodder and even food due to drought as the impacts of global warming become more severe.


That's what some of our experts have deduced from the latest report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released last Monday, which said that the impacts of global warming were already being felt "on all continents and across the oceans".

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Green paper on future energy policy to be published within months

Issued in news on April 02, 2014 at 10:27:00.

Minister Pat rabbitte.

Green paper on future energy policy to be published within months

Frank McDonald Irish Times

A green paper on future energy policy for Ireland will be published within the next month or so, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has told the Oireachtas Environment Committee.


He said yesterday that his department was also preparing a new national planning framework for renewable energy that would "prescribe where wind farms can be built and where they can't be built".


The Minister said both policy documents were being "driven by the goal of decarbonisation" for the electricity sector, especially in view of the "shocking implications" of the UN's latest scientific report on climate change.

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Become part of the movement against fracking in Ireland and win Theatre Tickets.

Issued in news on March 13, 2014 at 09:53:00.

no fracking ireland

Working in conjunction with groups such as No Fracking Dublin

Are you being deluged with leaflets from local election candidates already?

Would you like to be at the theatre when they next call to the door?

We need your help. And in return you can win 2 tickets to see Donal O'Kelly's new play Little Thing, Big Thing - "a high octane jump into the world of international energy skullduggery" - which is touring the country over the next month.

Along with activists from local fracking-free groups we want to collect the contact details of all the candidates running in the local elections around the country.

The best place to find that information is on the leaflets that are coming through your door.

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Shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change

Issued in news on February 27, 2014 at 15:05:00.

Shale-Gas-Costing

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

Achim Steiner: shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change

Shale gas could turn out to be "a liability" to global efforts limit climate change, the United Nations' top environmental official has warned.

Supporters of the shale gas boom, which has spread across America and more recently to Europe, claim the fuel could help wean economies off the more carbon-intensive coal,.

But Achim Steiner, who heads the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), said there was a far greater risk that the switch from coal to natural gas would only delay the much more critical energy transition from fossil to renewable fuels.

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