Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughton has been getting it in the neck this week for his hopelessly lacklustre and unambitious draft National Mitigation Plan, a requirement of new climate change laws enacted two years ago. “It is clear that there are no easy options to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions on the scale required in the coming decades”, said Naughton as if to excuse the toothless effort of a plan, one to which the Green Party and environmental NGOs have given a big thumbs-down. The Minister even blamed the Greens for his failure to come up with a clear and workable plan saying that the targets they set when in government were unrealistic. At a time when governments all over the planet are being asked to raise the bar when it comes to tackling climate change and the challenges it presents, Minister Naughton feels he is serving the state by bucking this trend. Maybe it is unfair to single him out as, when it comes to long-term sustainable steps to tackle climate change and environmental degradation, the record of this government has been abysmal.
- CLIMATE CASE IRELAND
- Birdwatch Ireland and the Heritage Bill
- 200 million euro capital programme for Wexford
- Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant
- Same Old, Same Old!
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- Waterford to host Convention 2017
- Challenges facing Rural Ireland
- South East Economy Continues to Stagnate
- No Minister for Environment?
- Green Party welcomes Government u-turn on introducing pay-by-weight charges
- Green TD attacks parties for putting politics ahead of country
- ‘This election is make or break for the Green Party’
- Next politician that calls to your door ask him/her to outline their party’s environmental policy
- Same as it ever was!