The 2018 EU Renewable Energy Directive 2018/2001 set a target of 32% for all energy requirements to be met through renewable sources, mainly wind, by 2030. According to the latest evidence, the current EU average is just 21.8%. That represents a fall of 0.3% from 2020 when the target benefitted from the economic slowdown enforced by the Covid panic.
The EU itself admits that member states are “well below the target.” As the graph also demonstrates, the Irish state is not only well behind the targets set by the EU and mindlessly adopted by successive administrations here, but ridiculously behind all but three of the other 26 member states.
The overall share of energy production from renewable sources here stood at just 12.5% in 2021. That represents an even sharper decline than the EU average, of more than 3.5% from the previous year. However, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in its 2021 report claimed that the actual figure for 2020 was 13.5%. The EU may have taken the target figure for what was actually attained. Which amounts to the same thing for many bureaucrats.
The fall in the use of renewables was despite the 9% fall in overall energy consumption due to the Covid recession. Some may recall that not a few of the fanatics regarded the lockdown not only as a good thing, but as a model for the future achievement of the arbitrary targets by basically reducing the living standards of the population through the deindustrialisation favoured by climate alarmists. Of course, climate alarmism could be used to describe the vast bulk of mainstream media opinion here.
Deindustrialisation here is not as relevant for the reason that classical industrialism was never really achieved, in largely part thanks to the effective sabotaging of earlier attempts under Lemass and others through the refusal of the main financial institutions in the state since independence to make available the necessary investment funds.
This failure was identified by Ray Crotty and others and now forms part of the focus of the research by Pete Ryan. In the absence of belching chimneys, car factories and steel mills, the main target for fulfilling “our” commitments are farmers and consumers.
Significantly, the SEAI report attributed almost the entire “saving” to the reduction in energy by the “transport sector.” The transport sector in 2020 being of course yourself and Granny’s car not being allowed to breach the mad travel limits, as well as of course the reductions consequent on the economic slowdown.
However, even with that, Ireland performs even worse relatively on renewables in transport than everyone else bar Greece with whom it shares the Wooden Spoon.
While the average for the EU as a whole in 2021 was 9.1%, the Irish share of renewable energy use in transport was a measly 4.3%. Not only did 2021 represent a huge reversal of the “gains” made when everyone was sitting at home watching the covid ticker tape and wondering who would be the first to go when the cabin fever kicked in, but the % of renewables in transport is lower than it was a decade ago.
This is shockingly bad for a state that has done so much to impress the Climate Man. Not only does it amount to a gratuitous mooning in the face of our wise masters in Brussels, but how do you think it makes Eamon Ryan feel when he’s cycling against climate change while youse shower of diesel guzzling yokes are making a show of him in front of the world? Not too well you might say, and you would be correct.
And it is the pathetic and obsessive devotion to achieving targets that have been set by someone else, who could not give a somersaulting fart about the people of Ireland, that is the main takeaway from all of this.
You could say the same for the other idols of the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Greens, Sinn Féin, etc, etc – be that legalising abortion, same sex marriage, the cult of transgenderism, taking more refugees from wherever than anyone else just to make someone else happy, and so on, and so forth.
A properly functioning sovereign state would be making decisions based on what is best for itself and for its own citizens. Not for Microsoft or Gresham or BlackRock or the migration industry, which, though they all deny it, in reality includes people trafficking gangs. And not acting at the behest of the EU or the UN, which seems to be the first order of business for the pampered, well-oiled glove puppets in this country.
When it comes to energy, the Irish state ought to be taking a leaf out of the book of those states outside of the EU who merely pay lip service to the climate change agenda which they blithely disregard because to abide by the targets they formally adhere to would undermine their own development.
We missed the boat on nuclear energy, and for all the talk of the undoubted potential of tidal energy, nothing was ever done to make it happen. It became just another resource to be squandered like the fisheries, and the oil and gas, or to be sold off at some stage for short term gain to another snake oil salesman who bungs the mediator a few comfort blankets and shiny trinkets.