Climate Actions for Election 2020

Issued in the blog on January 17, 2020 at 16:48:00.

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The general election has been called for February 8th. We have three weeks to get everyone across Ireland talking to their local candidates about climate. And we need you to give and do what you can.

We need Faster and Fairer Climate Action

Much Faster: We need to be cutting our climate-polluting emissions by at least 8% a year, not 2% as planned, to make sure we achieve the Paris Agreement

Much Fairer: We need a substantial increase in government investment in public transport, warmer homes and community energy to make zero carbon options available for everyone.

Want more talking points? We've created this list to give you some pointers on what to ask your local candidates.

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Delay in carbon tax gives Government chance to make it fair

Issued in news on October 08, 2019 at 18:04:00.

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Carbon tax rise welcome, but one small piece of the jigsaw

  • Ringfencing must be put into law, and should be all carbon tax revenue not just the increase
  • Rate increases to 2030 must be guaranteed by legislation
  • Delay to application on home heating fuels welcome, due to lack of preparation to protect those vulnerable to the change
  • Minister must now sit down with SVP and other groups to figure out how best to protect those most affected and enable them to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.
  • 10% increase in Fuel Allowance welcome - should be rebranded as Carbon Tax Cashback in 2020

Appointment of a Just Transition Commissioner welcome but ...

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Carbon tax must tackle energy poverty and Just Transition

Issued in news on October 08, 2019 at 10:17:00.

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5 tests for Budget's climate credibility

Friends of the Earth has warned that unless today's Budget tackles energy poverty and kickstarts a Just Transition for peat workers, the reported plans for a small increase in the carbon tax risk alienating people while doing little to reduce emissions.

Commenting on media reports that the Budget will raise the carbon tax from €20 to €26 a tonne, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan commented:

"A rise of €6 in the carbon tax is not enough to reduce emissions on its own. Key to the Budget's climate credibility therefore is how the Government plans to spend the revenue and how clear its commitment to future increases is."

The environmental justice organization has set out 5 tests for Budget 2020:

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What's driving the fracking boom? Spoiler: it's plastic!

Issued in the blog on October 07, 2019 at 18:39:00.

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Last week 4,500 people took the email action to tell our politicians that we don't want to import fracked gas!

Public pressure is working! On Friday we got the debate in the Dail, and now Government must undertake a review of Irish energy security before any further support for the Shannon LNG project can proceed.

We need to keep the pressure on, to make sure the review is independent and Paris Aligned. This fight is only beginning.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Stop Shannon LNG (the terminal planned to import gas) please take action now and share it widely with your friends.

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Carbon tax plan risks worst of both worlds: 'Too little to reduce emissions, enough to annoy people'

Issued in news on October 04, 2019 at 17:15:00.

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Friends of the Earth sets out three failures and three tests on carbon tax

Friends of the Earth has warned that reported plans for a small increase carbon tax in Tuesday's Budget risk being ineffective or even counterproductive.

Commenting on media reporting that a planned increase in the carbon tax of between €5 and €7 euro a tonne, about a 2c increase in a litre of petrol, has been agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said:

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No Fracking. No.

Issued in the blog on October 04, 2019 at 15:05:00.

We put everything into the campaign to fight against the LNG fracked gas terminals this week.  And so did our supporters!.Thank you! 

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The Race Of and For Our Lives

Issued in the blog on October 03, 2019 at 17:14:00.

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Busy time in the Coalition kicked off again in September as the new Dáil session began, and as thousands of young people across Ireland came together to mobilise as part of the youth-led Global Climate Strike on September 20th, members of Government, including the Taoiseach, travelled to New York to attend the high-level UN Summit on Climate Change in New York.

‘Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives and for our lives’ were the words used by the UN Secretary-General in calling on all leaders to come to New York with statements on how they intend to increase ambition on climate action in advance of next year when the Paris Agreement will come into force.

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Celebrities join call to stop fracking terminals

Issued in news on October 03, 2019 at 14:48:00.

For Immediate Release

NGO's both sides of the Pond Call on Government to Stop the Shannon fracked gas terminal
Celebrites Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore join the plea


50 environmental, climate, medical and justice organsiations from both North America and Ireland have written to An Taoiseach today requesting that Ireland does not propose support for the Shannon LNG fracked gas terminal at the European Commission meeting on Friday October 4th. The letter is also co-signed by actors Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore which calls on Ireland not to create futher demand for fracked gas from American communities.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must learn that climate leaders don’t support fracking,” said longtime anti-fracking advocate and actor Mark Ruffalo. “If he allows for the approval of this dangerous Shannon LNG fracked gas import facility and other infrastructure at Friday’s EU meeting concerning Projects of Common Interest, he will be both silencing the voice of democracy in Ireland and supporting fracking in America for decades to come.

The letter states that 'Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is disastrous for climate change, dangerous, and relies on fracking in the U.S. that harms people and the environment'

Health professionals and scientists in the United States have been documenting the public health harms of fracking and related infrastructure for years now. The vast majority of more than 1,500 peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrate that drilling, fracking, and infrastructure including LNG are dangerous and harmful. In recent months, a renowned newspaper in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has investigated and found least 67 diagnoses of extremely rare cancers in children in just 4 rural, heavily-fracked counties of the state.

Julia Walsh Campaign Director of Frack Action said “Ireland rightly banned fracking 2 years ago based on damage this it inflicts on the environment and public health. I’ve come here to speak for those of us in the United States fighting for a national ban on fracking and to represent the communities who have been devastated by it. We are asking the Taoiseach and the Irish government not to import US fracked gas, which will lock us into fracking and it’s impacts to public health and the climate,”

Kate Ruddock Deputy Director Friends of the Earth welcomed the debate in the Dáil today on this important issue, and commended the TD's who expressed their opposition to this project. However, Kate expressed disappointment that a vote was not called on whether or not this project should recieve state support.

It is expected that Minister Bruton will propose the Shannon LNG fracked gas terminal and the reversal of the Moffit interconnector will be included on the Projects of Common Interest list tomorrow, and will thus become one of Ireland's highest priorty projects with access to special planning permissions, permits and grant support.

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What TDs need to know for the debate on fracked gas imports today

Issued in the blog on October 03, 2019 at 11:25:00.

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99% of the gas that would be imported to a planned termnial on the Shannon would be fracked in the USA. The Dáil is currently debating whether the project should get special EU treatment and subsidies. Here's what TDs need to know. (To download a pdf briefing click here.)

The Irish Government are planning to go to Brussels tomorrow to table support with the European Commission for a Fracking Gas Terminal in Shannon 'Shannon LNG' and the reversal of the flow in the existing gas pipe that connects us wiht Scotland, so that we could become exporters of fracked gas across Europe. 

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Letter to An Taoiseach_No to Shannon LNG

Issued in publications on October 03, 2019.

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50 environmental, climate, medical and justice organsiations from both North America and Ireland have written to An Taoiseach today requesting that Ireland does not propose support for the Shannon LNG fracked gas terminal at the European Commission meeting on Friday October 4th. The letter is also co-signed by actors Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore which calls on Ireland not to create futher demand for fracked gas from American communities.

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Don't let the Government bypass the Dáil on fracked gas

Issued in the blog on October 02, 2019 at 07:17:00.

I really need you to email your TD today.

The Government is trying to lock Ireland into importing fracked gas for decades - WITHOUT ANY DÁIL DEBATE.

They plan to send officials to Brussels on Friday to approve special treatment for plans to build gas import terminals on the west coast, against the advice of EU experts, and before the Dáil gets the chance to discuss it.

I'll tell my TD that's not good enough

Yesterday Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted against making time to debate a special motion on the issue this week.

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