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TD: Ireland can’t fix climate even if we returned “to the Stone Age”

A TD has said that Ireland could not solve the issue of climate change or substantially reduce global carbon emissions, “even if we went back to the Stone Age.”

The remarks were made earlier this week by Independent Cork South-West TD Michael Collins.

FOOD IS NOT A LUXURY

“Agriculture should not be carrying a levy to fight global warming,” he said.

“Food is not a luxury and agriculture should not be the sector that suffers so others do not.”

The Deputy went on to add that the Rural Independent Group had “put forward 100 amendments” to the Climate Action Bill, “all of which were voted down by the Green Government.”

FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT FOR SOME CHILDREN

“Some of the amendments we put forward would have meant a 0% VAT rate on insulation or all children living 1 km or more from a school having free access to school transport,” he said.

“We wanted farmers to be rewarded for making lands available for biodiversity, including scrub, and have previous penalty reduction payments reinstated…These are just a few of the amendments we submitted but they were all rejected.”

IF WE WENT BACK TO THE STONE AGE WE COULD DO NOTHING

The Deputy added that even if Ireland went back to the Stone Age “it would do nothing” to reduce emissions.

“Ultimately, if Ireland went back to the Stone Age it would do nothing to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions as the emissions coming out of China, India, Australia, the USA and Russia continue to climb,” he said.

“It must also be noted that any statement coming from China on any issue, including emissions, should be taken with a grain of salt.”

He concluded: “All 400 private jets that carried most of the world’s grandees, tech people, lords, ministers, various royals and world leaders to COP26 are back at base, which is a total contradiction of what we are fighting for here today.”

 

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