The updated Climate Action Plan was approved by the Cabinet and published on Wednesday. It promises to “change Ireland for the better,” and if there is one thing that ought to get your spidey senses tingling it is when someone tells you are they going to make Ireland or the world better. If chaps like Chairman Mao had concentrated on making his poetry better, rather than killing vast amounts of people to “make them better,” China would have been in his eternal debt.
The Climate extremists who would have us all reduced to the status of slaves pottering about in pyjamas eating turnips and pulling carts are not in power, but like a lot of bat crazy stuff these days, they have managed to influence state policies and international policy to an alarming degree.
So, of course, they are the go-to for first response to such plans as were trumpeted yesterday and predictably the response is that things need to happen quicker. Although Friends of the Earth boasts that the overall climate legislation contains all the “key elements” they have demanded, CEO Óisín Coughlan said that the plan needed to be delivered “at pace.”
Of course FOE, like all NGOs, is overwhelmingly dependent on direct state and recycled funding, where another NGO bungs a few € to their buddies, as last year did Concern and others to FOE. That undoubtedly means that they are less inclined to be openly critical, but in their case they have their cake and eat it. That means a pretty tiny group, in the scheme of things, not only drive state policy but get hundreds of thousands of your money to do so. Nice work if you can get it, as they say.
And what are they telling you to do? Well, as the headlines indicate, cars are a prime target with an aim of drastically reducing emissions from transport and agriculture. Given that carbon emissions increased last year – by over 5% compared to a target of a 4.8% annual reduction – and that they will increase again this year by around 6%, the stress on placing the burden on agriculture and private transportation is understandable. Understandable that is if you believe that Ireland ought to be imposing possibly damaging restrictions, certainly costly ones, in pursuit of an agenda that is not being followed by the largest world economy, China.
That potential damage was identified by Irish Farmers Association President Tim Cullinan who pointed out that the target to reduce emissions from farming by 25% by 2030 has to be seen in the context of a global situation in which people need more food not less. For a country such as Ireland to voluntarily surrender one of its key, indeed few, comparative advantages – as has already been done with the destruction of our fishing industry – in pursuit of some ideological agenda is tantamount to a gross betrayal of national interests.
As the situation regarding farmers in the Netherlands illustrates, this undermining of food production is now a clear objective of the European Union. Dress that up as you wish with reference to “saving the planet” if you will, but it is tantamount to a complete volte face on probably the central objective of the European Economic Community. This was framed in the Common Agricultural Policy which was designed to ensure a secure affordable food supply, and the protection of the farming community, one of the motivations for France signing the Treaty.
There are of course a whole range of crazy theories regarding the United Nations Agenda 30, but there is such a plan and related to that is the EU’s own Food 2030 which is focused on future food production in the context of a forecast 60% increase in global demand by 2050. The Irish Government’s own Food Vision 2030 is framed by the EU plan.
While claiming that its objective is to ensure the survival of a “sustainable food system,” that aim is severely circumscribed by the commitment to climate goals, as agriculture must first and foremost be “climate smart.” Given that being smart about the weather means that agricultural production in Ireland and other western countries has to be radically curtailed, sustaining, let alone increasing, our production of food grown here is undermined by the overriding ideological agenda.
Much mirth has been generated by proposals that we abandon animal and crops as a food source in favour of eating cockroaches and centipedes, but it is something that is being seriously debated. Not only that but Regulation 2015/2283 has been in force since March 2021 and allow for the importing and production of insect based foods and supplements for use for human consumption.
Before you have to consider whether you want your Praying Mantis with brown or fried rice, you will more likely first be inconvenienced by the aim of radically reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector by 50% by 2030. This will in large part be achieved by making it even more expensive and difficult to get parking anywhere, including near your workplace.
Theoretically that is linked to the plan to increase and improve public transport, which will mean that fewer people will need to use their own car. Which by the way is not an unadmirable ambition, but it needs to take account of practicalities. It is simply not possible for many people to rely on public transport to get themselves where they need to be in as short and efficient a manner as possible.
That may be even more true of rural areas, but it is a factor in every city and town too. Besides, even if a person might not need a car all of the time, they will need one at other times, and apart from that the state has no business restricting any person’s ability to go about their lawful business and leisure pursuits which is the logical aim of ideally doing away with private car ownership entirely, as is not only on the wish list of climate extremists, but is implied by Green Senator Pauline O’Reilly who finds the platforming of cars on the media to be counter- productive to achieving whatever sad existence her party ultimately wants to reduce us to.
To conclude, and at the risk of being tiresome once more, the real lesson ought to be that it is high time the Irish political establishment put on the Big Boy/Girl Pants and started to look at how all of these things including the fanatic race towards Year Zero 2050, which are other people’s ideas, might be detrimental to our own interests, and to our own people.