I GOT FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES! Fair play to my comrade Richard Boyd Barret who took on the job of challeging the proceedular trickery of the powers that be in ‘the house’ today. My Climate Emergency Bill, despite being passed overwhelming so far, has been put into ‘limbo’ by undemocratic means because the fossil fuel industry doesn’t like it. Here’s the exhange in the Dáil earlier. Thanks Richard.
Lord Deben (aka John Selwyn Gummer – Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change) was a witness at a Dail climate change committee. I had the opportunity to put a number of issues to him about environmental concerns here, before Xmas. All his responses were too long to include here but his defence of fracking is. That’s Tories for ya!
Carbon tax should be paid by the fossil fuel corporations, not by ordinary people. A carbon tax thus applied could help pay for energy saving projects such as increased public transport and retrofitting homes. And if the government is concerned about climate change, it should support my Bill to ban fossil fuel exploration at sea
THEY TRY TO DEVIDE US, rural and urban, but the environment is EVERYONE’S concern. If the government restored the cuts they made to local authorities they would, for a change, do the right thing and help both the people and the environment, wherever they live, instead of the dreadful ‘slash and burn’ approach they take to our natural heritage.