Ireland has declared a “climate emergency” at the suggestion of Fianna Fail’s Timmy Dooley, becoming only the second country in the world to do so after Britain. It came by way of an amendment to the Oireachtas report on climate action which was accepted by both the government and opposition parties without a vote. There were only six TDs present at the time. So there was no debate and even less interest. As a piece of virtue-signalling, the declaration is absolutely first rate. What real practical difference it will make is another question entirely. That means massively ramping up our efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It means huge carbon taxes. It means higher heating bills and a war on cars. It means a drastic reduction in beef and dairy farming. It means a huge reduction in foreign holidays, given that air travel is a big cause of carbon emissions. It means massively increased investment in renewable energy. In other words, we must introduce measures that really hurt, and do so immediately. But is that really what Fianna Fail wants, or even believes? What about the government? Are politicians who have declared this emergency personally leading by example? Will they be giving up air travel or turning vegan? Doubtful. Maybe the answer is to appoint Thanos as environment minister.
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