Minister Naughten's inaugural climate statement was a damp squib
Next week's action plan faces 5 tests of credibility
Friends of the Earth have reacted with dismay to Minister Naughten's first Annual Transition Statement on climate action, presented to the Oireachtas this week. The debate in the Seanad is here. The statement published in the Oireachtas library is here .
Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:
"There was just no sense of urgency in today's climate statement.
"If Minister Naughten can't get Enda Kenny's Government to commit to real action we may as well have Trump as Taoiseach.
This time last year we were all in the throes of Storm Desmond. On this day, December 5 th , Theresa Mannion made sure we all understood just how treacherous the conditions were with her RTE news broadcast from Galway urging us all not to “make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads and DON’T SWIM IN THE SEA!”
EPA report identifies key uncertainties in impacts of fracking on the environment and human health
Minister's support for ban on fracking welcome
Research commissioned by the EPA on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Exploitation UGEE, or fracking was published today.
The research, which was limited to a desk study analysis, concludes that there is inconclusive data and evidence to quantify many of the risks of fracking on the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the pollution of groundwater aquifers.
Commenting Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth said
Issued in the blog on November 28, 2016 at 18:08:00.
Carbon dioxide is the perfect killer. Invisible and odourless, it exerts its mal-effects insidiously and so surreptitiously that they have managed to avoid registering on most peoples’ daily list of concerns. Indeed this has allowed its continued production to be regarded by many as essential to maintaining the quality of life that most of us currently enjoy.
Dáil gives unanimous backing to Bill to ban fracking Hailed as historic first step to fossil free future
Friends of the Earth has hailed the passing of a Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil tonight as "an historic first step towards a fossil free future". At 7.20pm the Ceann Comhairle noted that the Dáil had "unanimously" agreed the second stage of Tony McLoughlin's private members bill and referred it to a select committee for detailed scrutiny. The decision came on the same day the Dáil voted to ratify the Paris Agreement which comes into force next week.
Commenting, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, Kate Ruddock said:
Issued in the blog on October 28, 2016 at 11:47:00.
Keep it in the ground
10 days ago we asked for your help to get a Bill to ban fracking over its first big hurdle in the Dáil. You responded like never before, raising money for a legal opinion on the Bill in less than 24 hours. Then 2,500 of you wrote to your local TDs urging them to #BackTheBill.
On October 11, 2016, Rowan Jacobson of Outside Magazine wrote a startling obituary: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.”
Jacobson goes on to describe the legacy of the Great Barrier Reef, from the impressive array of more than 6,000 species it harboured to the food and mineral resources it provided for the humans who lived next to it for 60,000 years.
There is a Bill to ban fracking in Ireland scheduled for debate in the Dáil next week (Thurs 27th Oct, 3:30 - 5:30). If we can mobilize enough support it will take a crucial step towards becoming law. But we need your TDs to agree to it.
Most political parties have either a stated policy or declared in their election manifesto's that they are opposed to fracking. Have a look at this infographic of what the different parties have said about fracking.