The budget, climate change and our ‘duty of hope’

Future historians will find it hard to forgive Paschal Donohoe’s failure to raise the carbon tax, but we must resist sinking into cynicism about the planet’s future

21st October, 2018

When historians in the future seek to understand how and why the world ignored the threat of climate change, they might do well to study the Irish budget of October 2019.

The previous May, they will note, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that Ireland would miss its 2020 emissions-reduction target by 95 per cent, achieving a 1 per cent reduction on 2005 emission levels instead of the target of 20 per cent. That June, Climate Action...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

Insight Tina-Marie O'Neill 10 months ago

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 10 months ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Insight Todd G Buchholz 11 months ago

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 11 months ago