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Climate Bill is a mechanism to regulate all aspects of life and make it more expensive 

After working away diligently to establish a smothering regulatory framework that would stifle innovation, the Irish government have finally arrived with a fully fledged but elegantly simple solution, the Climate Action Bill.

Reading through the government’s press release, its evident the Bill is intended as an all-pervading regulatory burden on all aspects of life. The watermelons of the loony green fringe have managed a sizeable coup.

Taoiseach, Mícheál Martin, could hardly contain his excitement at the prospect of being a “world leader” in Climate Action.

“The Bill we are publishing today affirms our ambition to be a global leader in this field. As we begin our journey towards net zero emissions, the government is committed to tackling the challenges, and embracing the opportunities, this transition can bring our economy, our society and our country.”

Everything in the Irish economy (which means your life, not just how businesses are run),  is to be subjected to a new layer of bureaucracy according to this bill which will put a whole series of new blocks and objections and burdens in the way of productivity.

This is all to be done whilst we suffer an energy and materials crisis, because these people have also committed to cease extracting petroleum and gas from Irish territories.  The watermelon greens (green on the outside red on the inside) may get their wish for a centrally controlled economy, and we will get closer to breadlines and material shortages.

Last week we had news of building materials manufacturers closing their order books because of shortages of raw materials. That is just a taste of things to come, because Wavin can’t make pipes and Kingspan can’t make insulation without petroleum products.

I don’t think any of this occurred to the clueless Brid Smyth or Jack Chambers who before the last election were falling over themselves to denounce fossil fuel extraction. “Leave it in the ground” they said, possibly thinking that plastic and rubber falls from heaven.

We can also expect to see a considerable price increase in energy. Households won’t use less energy, they’ll just pay much more for it. As Germany and California have learned, transitioning to wind and solar power increases the price of electricity by up to 50% whilst making it less reliable. Renewables have proven be a failure, but the watermelon lobby still seem to think they are a miracle.

Of course, windmills and solar panels will make you feel good if you can afford to pay that extra 50% for electricity, and green virtue signalling is increasingly a class issue. PBP and the other leftist loonies pretend that they have some silver bullet to make the rich pay for this, through the addition of another bureaucratic layer to address “equity” – their favourite excuse to increase the centrally planned state.

Of course, energy inflation also translates into price increases across the board, as transport depends on fuel, and one of the main cost inputs in manufacturing is the cost of energy. In fact, the biggest single factor in America’s booming pre-covid economy was the lowering of gas prices through the fracking revolution. This also coincidentally led to the US lowering its carbon emissions as gas is a low-carbon fuel.

But there’s more. The Climate Bill intends to monitor every aspect of Irish life adding a layer of compliance bureaucracy to every committee and every business. This will be done on a sector by sector basis by setting “legally binding targets”.

A little like a decree from Stalin’s politburo it reads “Government Ministers will be responsible for achieving the legally-binding targets for their own sectoral area with each Minister accounting for their performance towards sectoral targets and actions before an Oireachtas Committee each year.”

You can just imagine the minister for education being hauled before the central committee to justify each and every ream of paper purchased in each and every school based on its carbon footprint.

It may be expected that agriculture will receive the greatest scrutiny as the green lobby worry about farting cows and things like fertilizer. The beef herd will have to be culled, but beef will probably remain on the shelves – but imported into Ireland from far-flung regions using vast quantities of transport fuel. This will allow the nimbys to congratulate themselves for having such a sustainable ecology even as family farms are devastated in Ireland while places like Brazil rack up the meathane levels.

This will also provide a handy lever to be used against the Brazillians in trade deals. You won’t make money from it, but don’t worry, someone will.

“Local authorities will have to prepare their own climate action plan and will be obliged to perform their functions in a manner consistent with national climate plans and strategies, and furthering the achievement of the national climate objective” the climate action plan states.

It “embeds the process of carbon budgeting into law. Government are required to adopt a series of economy-wide five-year carbon budgets”.

Five year economic plans! Where have we heard that talk before? Watch this space.


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