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Carbon taxes “will create a rural version of the water protests”: Carol Nolan

A rural TD has said that the “real  world impacts” of the carbon budgets will spur a reaction which will be akin to a “rural version of the water protests”. 

Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan said that the recommendations on carbon budgets put forward by the Climate Change Advisory Council to the Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan will generate a “rural revolution akin to the protests on water charges that took place from 2014-2017”. 

Deputy Nolan was speaking after rural organisations and farmer representative bodies have reacted with dismay to the content of the carbon budgets and the level of emission cuts being proposed for each of the periods 2021-2025; 2026-2030; 2031-2035:

“The carbon budgets that have been proposed are simply unacceptable and will be fiercely resisted by anyone who has the first clue about the real-world impacts they will generate,” she said. 

“Every single aspect of Irish life, but in particular Irish rural life, will be adversely impacted by the knock on effects of introducing a punitive and absurd emissions regime that will make it more expensive to produce food, increase the need for imports and put tens of thousands of people out of work.” 

She said that “transport sectors like the hauliers are already crippled by the costs associated with the carbon tax. How will this sector survive further year on year increases and additional regulatory burdens?”

The Independent TD hit out at suggestions from the Climate Change Advisory Council that a complete removal of coal and peat for residential heating take place between 2020 and 2030.

“This is despite the fact that Eamon Ryan promised us in a press statement on September that in order to accommodate those with rights to harvest sod peat, no ban on its burning will be introduced,” she said. 

“This is exactly the kind of creeping criminalisation that I have been warning about for some time.”

“The plain reality is this; the climate council is helicopter dumping ideological nonsense all across rural Ireland with the full blessing of a complicit and grossly out-of-touch government that does not have the first clue about how hard life is becoming under the green dictatorship,” concluded Deputy Nolan.

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