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Government decision to develop new fossil gas plants hugely concerning

30 Nov 2021

Commenting on today’s Irish Times’ report about the Government’s decision to develop seven new fossil gas plants, Jerry MacEvilly, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth said:

“This Government decision to support further fossil gas generation is hugely concerning and merits much more rigorous reporting and questioning by media outlets like the Irish Times who covered the story today.

Any story about new fossil gas infrastructure must come back to the fact that locking-in more fossil gas runs counter to our Paris Agreement objectives to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.

The Government must be clear on how they intend to minimise the use of gas plants, and on how they will ensure transparency when it comes to the polluting emissions associated with these plants.

The health and economic risks associated with continued gas expansion cannot be ignored either. We’ve got to be very clear, continued fossil gas expansion and increasing fossil gas reliance risks undermining Ireland’s climate objectives."

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