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Is Fine Gael in climate change denial

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  • 09-01-2019 10:47am
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    Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭


    This isn't to say the Fine Gael are climate changes deniers but they appear to be in denial as too the change that's required and the impact climate change will have


    Currently we've no
    • Carbon Tax
    • On going major heavy rail projects
    • Shovel ready ready rail projects
    • On going light rail projects
    • Shovel ready light rail projects
    • Few if any high on going high quality cycling projects
    • Shovel ready cycling projects
    • Micro generation tariff
    • Plans to restore the bogs

    We do have
    • Numerous motorways being built
    • Numerous motorways shovel ready
    • A proposal to build a 600 million motorway in Galway
    • Peat burning power plants
    • Piece meal approach to electric cars
    • Extremely slow planning processing for solar

    It seems to me a lot of these changes would be fairly simple to make and would result in a reduction in our reliance on foreign oil, clean and green our country.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,505 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Ross in Transport is probably more responsible for a lot of that than FG; however he is being allowed do his pricking around. Carbon tax is being held up by being beholden to rural Independents. Independents in Government simply don't work - they manage to take the most parochial parts of other politicians and do only that.

    With an effective Minister there, we'd be further along with Metrolink and BusConnects in Dublin and probably the regional city BusConnects also.

    Ringsend and Finglas Luas should both be under design, but aren't. DART Underground should be under redesign, but isn't. New train cars should have been ordered, but aren't. At least the Maynooth line electrification is under design.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭LeinsterDub


    L1011 wrote: »
    Ross in Transport is probably more responsible for a lot of that than FG; however he is being allowed do his pricking around. Carbon tax is being held up by being beholden to rural Independents. Independents in Government simply don't work - they manage to take the most parochial parts of other politicians and do only that.

    With an effective Minister there, we'd be further along with Metrolink and BusConnects in Dublin and probably the regional city BusConnects also.

    Ringsend and Finglas Luas should both be under design, but aren't. DART Underground should be under redesign, but isn't. New train cars should have been ordered, but aren't. At least the Maynooth line electrification is under design.

    FG have been in power for 8 years now . I'm not sure it's fair to point the finger solely at Ross . Sure he's basically useless but FG is still his boss.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,502 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    This isn't to say the Fine Gael are climate changes deniers but they appear to be in denial as too the change that's required and the impact climate change will have


    Currently we've no
    • Carbon Tax
    • On going major heavy rail projects
    • Shovel ready ready rail projects
    • On going light rail projects
    • Shovel ready light rail projects
    • Few if any high on going high quality cycling projects
    • Shovel ready cycling projects
    • Micro generation tariff
    • Plans to restore the bogs

    We do have
    • Numerous motorways being built
    • Numerous motorways shovel ready
    • A proposal to build a 600 million motorway in Galway
    • Peat burning power plants
    • Piece meal approach to electric cars
    • Extremely slow planning processing for solar

    It seems to me a lot of these changes would be fairly simple to make and would result in a reduction in our reliance on foreign oil, clean and green our country.

    With the exception of the Galway Ring Road which is needed anyway (and will be needed if we move to electric cars) I agree with what you say about projects generally.
    FG have been in power for 8 years now . I'm not sure it's fair to point the finger solely at Ross . Sure he's basically useless but FG is still his boss.

    Climate change is undoubtedly a lower priority for FG. But it is also a lower priority for the public at large, which is where the real problem is. So for populist independent TDs, because that is what they are, climate change is off the agenda. Having one of them in charge of transport, especially one as arrogant as Ross is definitely a big problem. As for FG being his boss, I don't understand that one. It is a common misconception of coalitions that the big party is the boss, not always the case. What generally happens is that the low priorities of both sides get dropped and the sharp edges dulled.

    The only way that the climate change issue can be changed is by voting Green and electing more Green TDs. Even if some of their policies are naive or too extreme (and they are), they will only get into government in a coalition, which is where the high priority they place on climate change will come to bear - carbon tax and public transport will be their two big ticket items. The sharp edges of their more fringe policies will be dulled. You would also hope that the Greens have learned from their time in coalition with FF where the bigger populist party used every delaying tactic in the book to hold back on some of the changes proposed. We would have had water charges a decade ago if the Greens had been able to get on with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,282 ✭✭✭✭Eric Cartman


    Shane Ross is ruining dublin at the joy of his fellow psycholists , all transport development is anti car inside the m50 at present.

    The carbon tax is thankfully being blockaded by rural tds who realise that theres an Ireland outside the M50

    Weve done more than enough here on climate change, the world should really be condemning asia and africa rather than continue to impose unrealistic targets on europe


  • Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 28,795 Mod ✭✭✭✭oscarBravo


    Weve done more than enough here on climate change...

    Wow. You really live in a perfect bubble of ignorant fantasy, don't you?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,282 ✭✭✭✭Eric Cartman


    oscarBravo wrote: »
    Wow. You really live in a perfect bubble of ignorant fantasy, don't you?

    Please explain what more we could do that doesnt unfairly punish rural ireland, agriculture or the working people of Ireland ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭LeinsterDub


    Please explain what more we could do that doesnt unfairly punish rural ireland, agriculture or the working people of Ireland ?

    Investing in rail and cycling? Investing in EV. A microfeed tariff?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,306 ✭✭✭ArthurG


    Weve done more than enough here on climate change....

    Sarcasm?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭LeinsterDub


    blanch152 wrote: »
    With the exception of the Galway Ring Road which is needed anyway (and will be needed if we move to electric cars) I agree with what you say about projects generally.

    This is the Irish equivalent of the answer to gun crime is more guns! Perhaps after we've built a light rail system , fixed the bus network and improved cycling then perhaps a ring road can be justified.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭troyzer


    Please explain what more we could do that doesnt unfairly punish rural ireland, agriculture or the working people of Ireland ?

    So anything that affects the rural people of one of the wealthiest countries in the world is unfair but making Africa (where most of the most impoverished countries are) change its ways is fair.

    Ireland is one of the worst pollutants in the world per capita. We need to get our **** together.

    It can also be a great opportunity as well as a threat.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,653 ✭✭✭✭Plumbthedepths


    troyzer wrote:
    Ireland is one of the worst pollutants in the world per capita. We need to get our **** together.


    Have you a source for this claim?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭LeinsterDub


    Shane Ross is ruining dublin at the joy of his fellow psycholists , all transport development is anti car inside the m50 at present.

    The carbon tax is thankfully being blockaded by rural tds who realise that theres an Ireland outside the M50

    Weve done more than enough here on climate change, the world should really be condemning asia and africa rather than continue to impose unrealistic targets on europe

    Of course it's anti car and rightly so. We've run out of space!

    Plently more room for Ireland to do it's bit .
    CO2 emissions are lower than they were, notwithstanding a significant increase in population, but we are nowhere near close to reaching our target of a 20% reduction by 2020,” he said.
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ireland-will-miss-eu-emission-targets-for-2020-admits-taoiseach-886731.html


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,061 ✭✭✭✭Harry Palmr


    Short sighted nonsense by the powers that be, in the end EU fines (put at 600m euro this year) and the cost of carbon credits (much lower but will surely become a more expensive trading system over time) will mean a zero sum game. One way or another we'll pay.

    A greener economy is not a lesser economy just a slightly different one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,061 ✭✭✭✭Harry Palmr


    Have you a source for this claim?

    Ireland is pretty average in terms of developed European economies at 7 tonnes per person in 2017, we're nearly twice Sweden but less than Germany and Netherlands while half that of the USA/Canada

    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC?view=map


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 14,496 Mod ✭✭✭✭johnnyskeleton


    Unless and until climate change becomes a burning (no pun intended) issue at the doorsteps, then the politicians will have no interest in change. Even the Green party dont seem all that fussed about it, because it doesnt get them votes.

    This applies, to a greater or lesser degree the world over and is a big problem with no easy solution.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭troyzer


    Ireland is pretty average in terms of developed European economies at 7 tonnes per person in 2017, we're nearly twice Sweden but less than Germany and Netherlands while half that of the USA/Canada

    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC?view=map

    Denmark are something like 0.06 tonnes per capita which is incredibly impressive.

    There is absolutely no reason we shouldn't be able to get close to that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,502 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    This is the Irish equivalent of the answer to gun crime is more guns! Perhaps after we've built a light rail system , fixed the bus network and improved cycling then perhaps a ring road can be justified.

    The ring-road is part of the solution to all of the above. The through traffic needs to be taken off the Galway city routes to allow space for light rail, cycle and bus networks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,502 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Unless and until climate change becomes a burning (no pun intended) issue at the doorsteps, then the politicians will have no interest in change. Even the Green party dont seem all that fussed about it, because it doesnt get them votes.

    This applies, to a greater or lesser degree the world over and is a big problem with no easy solution.


    https://www.greenparty.ie/policies/climate-action/

    "Preventing climate change is at the heart of the Green Party’s principles"


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,204 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    Is the agricultural sector not the giant elephant in the room?

    Meat farming has to be huge in Ireland, surely. Meat consumption is a huge contributor to climate change. I come from this background myself and eat meat regularly and so understand the difficulty involved in improving things here. A lot of people rely on dairy and meat farming for their livelihoods and the only way I see that changing is brave policymaking from the government which seems unlikely in tandem with a rise in people going vegan which seems much more plausible.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,653 ✭✭✭✭Plumbthedepths


    Is the agricultural sector not the giant elephant in the room?


    No political party is going to challenge the farming community and put higher taxes on their activities. Easier to hit the home owner.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,733 ✭✭✭Xterminator


    ireland is a major food exporter.

    some snippets

    In 2015:-

    Produces 10%+ of global infant formula
    Ireland is the 4th largest net exporter of beef in the northern hemisphere
    Ireland’s food and drink has a large global reach – exporting to 175 countries worldwide
    Exports were 40% or €3 billion higher that the levels recorded in 2009
    Food and drink exports increased by 9% to approach €11 billion for the first time
    Produces 50%+ of all global cream liqueur

    and exports have increased since 2015.

    yet we then are expected to pay carbon credits, while the countries we export to dodge the co2 overhead growing their own food would incur. seems to be a systemic weakness in the system that it doesnt take into account that the co2 is generated here but the food consumed worldwide.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,200 ✭✭✭troyzer


    ireland is a major food exporter.

    some snippets

    In 2015:-

    Produces 10%+ of global infant formula
    Ireland is the 4th largest net exporter of beef in the northern hemisphere
    Ireland’s food and drink has a large global reach – exporting to 175 countries worldwide
    Exports were 40% or €3 billion higher that the levels recorded in 2009
    Food and drink exports increased by 9% to approach €11 billion for the first time
    Produces 50%+ of all global cream liqueur

    and exports have increased since 2015.

    yet we then are expected to pay carbon credits, while the countries we export to dodge the co2 overhead growing their own food would incur. seems to be a systemic weakness in the system that it doesnt take into account that the co2 is generated here but the food consumed worldwide.

    This also goes the other way. We don't have any heavy industry or large scale mining/oil & gas. There's a reason why the petroeconomies are so high on this list and it's not just because cheap fuels mean they're wasteful.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,061 ✭✭✭✭Harry Palmr


    Yep it's swings and roundabouts, obviously some countries fare better than others. Maybe at some point we'll see transferable carbon taxes which move with the product that incurs same.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,434 ✭✭✭fepper


    No political party is going to challenge the farming community and put higher taxes on their activities. Easier to hit the home owner.

    Farming community are also home owners so will be also screwed


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,653 ✭✭✭✭Plumbthedepths


    fepper wrote:
    Farming community are also home owners so will be also screwed
    Not to the degree of the carbon their enterprise generates.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,229 ✭✭✭LeinsterDub


    blanch152 wrote: »
    The ring-road is part of the solution to all of the above. The through traffic needs to be taken off the Galway city routes to allow space for light rail, cycle and bus networks.

    There are only so many journeys in Galway if you do the non ring road option the traffic may in fact just evaporate. Why are we putting the needs of the few ahead of the many?
    https://www.onestreet.org/resources-for-increasing-bicycling/115-traffic-evaporation


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,175 ✭✭✭dense


    Pause for thought.
    We need to firstly quantify the percentage of detrimental climate change that has been attributed to Ireland.

    (I do not want to hear someone talking about Irish people having a disproportionately "larger carbon footprint" than someone in a third world country unless they want to scientifically demonstrate what that collective disproportionate carbon footprint has caused.)

    Once we know what percentage of climate change Ireland has caused, or indeed will cause, we can then look towards ways of rectifying the damage and preventing it.

    We cannot do the latter until we do the former.
    Nor do we stupidly sign up for more stupid policies which have no democratic mandate and will leave us paying half a billion in fines each year.

    Does each household have a desire to pay an additional €3000 a year in new carbon taxes?

    Put it in your manifesto and find out.
    Debate it publicly.
    Explain to the publc how this extra tax will affect global warming and climate change in real terms.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    And what exactly is a Carbon tax going to achieve?
    Apart from screw the low paid and struggling middle even more, who have to rely on carbon fuels for heating and transport?
    If the state gave a damn about the issue- they’d channeling support into renewable alternatives - but that would take effort, massive focused spending and leadership. Easier just slap on another tax


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,282 ✭✭✭✭Eric Cartman


    Realistically the only things we can do to make a deliberate and substantial change to our emissions target is to reduce animal agriculture and build a nuclear power plant, both completely unviable politically and our meat exports really shouldnt be hampered, its one of our biggest exports.

    In terms of getting people 'out of cars' a congestion charge in cities is the only way that doesnt disproportionately screw over rural ireland.

    As inconvenient a truth as it is, even if the whole Of europe and north America met the crazy targets set out, its not going to help until asia, south america and africa are taken to task on their blatant consistent climate agreement violations and tge damage they do particularly to air and water quality. The race towards climate 'oblivion' is gery much in those continents hands. Even if we stopped progress in europe and they picked up the same rate of progress we have been achieving, it would he 50 years before they are where we are now.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    Is the agricultural sector not the giant elephant in the room?

    Meat farming has to be huge in Ireland, surely. Meat consumption is a huge contributor to climate change. I come from this background myself and eat meat regularly and so understand the difficulty involved in improving things here. A lot of people rely on dairy and meat farming for their livelihoods and the only way I see that changing is brave policymaking from the government which seems unlikely in tandem with a rise in people going vegan which seems much more plausible.

    Farming is a handy scapegoat- few in number so easy to tar with the climate brush.
    Why not restrictions on car ownership, foreign travel via air? It’s easy target one specific sector when it doesn’t affect you very much and let them shoulder all the pain.


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