Carbon taxes will destroy Ireland’s rural economy, farmers warn 

Posted: November 25, 2018 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics
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Irish farm [image credit: climatenewsnetwork.net]


H/T The GWPF.
France has rebelled; will it soon be Ireland’s turn? The EU-backed pressure for taxing the harmless trace gas carbon dioxide, with heavy penalties for anyone who fails to do so, is causing convulsions in various quarters.

The Irish Farmers’ Association and the Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association (ICMSA) have hit out at the possibility of carbon taxes being introduced to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Irish Independent.

The farm organisations’ comments follow warnings from Richard Bruton, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, that Ireland is “far off course” in achieving its CO2 reduction targets.

Ireland is facing massive fines because of its failure to meet strict EU targets, and Minister Bruton said that imposing carbon taxes will be among a suite of measures aimed at controlling emissions.

However, ICMSA president Pat McCormack said the reality of farming’s importance to the rural economy must be given equal consideration to the “scientific and environmental reality” of climate change.

“Farming and food production is not just a part of the rural economy; to a huge degree it is the total of our rural economy, and undermining it through fuel tax hikes will simply destroy the only meaningful economy in whole swathes of the state outside the cities and larger towns,” said Mr McCormack.

Continued here.

Comments
  1. Ve2 says:

    Ireland should get out of Brussels before they are destroyed by the globalists.
    If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Maybe one day Brits will discover this and join the backlash…

    Unless the EU’s emissions target changes in line with Britain’s, every tonne of carbon dioxide Britain is forced to cut because of the Climate Change Act enables other EU members to emit an extra tonne – all at Britain’s expense. That is to say, 100 per cent carbon leakage. The net effect on overall emissions is zero. There are no climate benefits from the Act – only costs. To Britain.

    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/the-failure-of-the-climate-change-act-ten-years-on/

    Can’t buy a climate, whatever happens.

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘and undermining it through fuel tax hikes will simply destroy the only meaningful economy in whole swathes of the state outside the cities and larger towns’

    I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate.

  4. Gamecock says:

    “Ireland should get out of Brussels before they are destroyed by the globalists.”

    10-4, Ve2.

    It would also be the perfect answer to the NI border question.

    I’d love to see Ireland make it out before UK, and with no frackin’ deal.

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    What is the problem? The wind blows from the Atlantic so those emissions are carried over the UK. Just tell the EU that it is all the fault of the UK.
    By the time they wake up to that, assure them that all previous sheep have been replaced by non CO2 emitting sheep and you are working on the cow problem. Any EU bureaucrats who object should be invited to do emission testing themselves in the coldest wettest weather possible while being encouraged to stay indoors and taste the whiskey. Enough of that or hours out in the cold, wet fields trying to get the sheep to stay still for the testing, will wind up with agreement that emissions aren’t worthwhile checking.

  6. hunter says:

    Another example of how the climate change obsession is a metastatic social disease that destroys more and more areas of life.

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