Naughten's climate plan is an 'F'-ing disgrace
Posted by Oisín Coghlan on April 19, 2017 at 05:55 PM
After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.
It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.
Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.
Friends of the Earth is joining with our allies in the Stop Climate Chaos to tell the Minister he needs to come back with a plan we can be proud of.
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Ireland's emissions are actually rising when they need to drop by at least 5% a year for the next 30 years to meet our own national objective under the Climate Action Act 2015.
The draft plan just gives up on meeting our 2020 targets and would see Ireland overshoot our 2030 target by 20%, incurring financial penalties of €3bn to €6bn.
It focuses on cost of action and ignores the cost of inaction and the benefits - from job creation, to warmer homes, to lower bills - of moving to a low carbon future.
We know that people are ahead of politicians on this issue. They are depending on your silence. They are hoping for your apathy.
Oisin and the Friends of the Earth team
P.S. Every name makes a difference. Add yours and spread the word. Forward this email to anyone else you know who'd like the world to be habitable in 50 years.
For more information:
Watch Trócaire's 2-minute film on the Government's plan.
Or read some of the newspaper coverage from the last few weeks:
April 13th Ireland Climate change Minister blames Greens for agreeing unrealistic emissions targets, Irish Times
March 27th Climate council calls for change to draft plan Irish Examiner
March 15th Government publishes vague climate plan, admits EU targets will be missed Irish Times
March 11th Ireland’s climate-change plan: hot air or real action? Irish Times