Just over two years after the water charges fiasco, Fine Gael now wants to massively increase carbon taxes, something which could increase household bills by up to €1,000 a year.
Tackling climate change is one of the biggest issues we have faced in our lifetime. The fact is that carbon taxes and other market based aproaches have been in place for
over two decades and have failed. They don’t work because they do nothing to phase out our reliance on fossil fuels and they do nothing to encourage investment in alternative sources of energy.
Instead of pursuing failed carbon pricing policies, we need timetabled plans to reach 100% renewable energy and a zero-carbon economy.
Ordinary people didn’t cause this crisis and should not be expected to foot the bill for the failure of big polluters and successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments.* ESRI Report 2018
Lynn is a committed climate change activist all of her life. For the last five years she has been a member of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament and spokesperson on Climate Change. She attended the COP24 talks in Poland, organised a series of climate change conferences and is active in her community.
Currently carbon taxes add about €2 onto the cost of a bag of coal, 50cent to a bale of briquettes and 5cent to a litre of diesel. Fine Gael, backed by Fianna FáIl, Labour and Independents, plans to massively increase carbon taxes over the next few years ,which will mean you paying an extra €1,000 a year including:
€10.50 carbon tax on a bag of coal*
€2.25 carbon tax on a bale of briquettes
26.5cent carbon tax on a litre of diesel
People with limited disposable income need government investment and support, not penalties, to help them move to lower carbon alternatives for energy and transport. *RTE Report December 2018
Faoi láthair, mar gheall ar chánacha carbóin, cuirtear thart faoi €2 breise le costas mála guaile, 50 cent ar bhurla brícíní móna agus 5 cent le lítear díosail. Tá sé ar intinn ag Fine Gael, i dtaca le Fianna Fáil, Páirtí an Lucht Oibre agus na Neamhspléaigh cánacha carbóin a mhéadú go mór sna cúig bliana atá romhainn, rud a fhágann go mbeidh tú féin ag íoc suas le €1,000 breise in aghaidh na bliana:
\ Cáin charbóin €10.50 ar mhála guaile
\ Cáin charbóin €2.25 ar bhurla brícíní móna
\ Cáin charbóin 26.5 cent ar lítear díosail
Tá infheistíocht ón Rialtas seachas pionóis de dhíth ar dhaoine ar ioncam indiúscartha