Pat Rabitte: If Leo Varadkar is right and the economy takes off ‘like a rocket’ we are at risk of an energy crisis

We need to mitigate the climate crisis but that cannot mean leaving Ireland without a secure source of energy

20th June, 2021
Pat Rabitte: If Leo Varadkar is right and the economy takes off ‘like a rocket’ we are at risk of an energy crisis
Accelerating wind energy – offshore as well as onshore – will continue to meet obstruction. Fake news that this basic infrastructure is a threat to human health will continue to get purchase. Picture: Getty

Leo Varadkar thinks that, following the lifting of restrictions, “the economy will take off like a rocket”. Let’s hope the Tánaiste is right. And if he proves to be right, care would need to be taken that we don’t sleepwalk into an energy crisis.

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