Monday December 16, 2019

We need to change habits - and a 2c tax won’t do that

The small carbon tax hike in last week’s budget looks like little more than virtue signalling, and it feeds public cynicism about the government’s willingness to take real action on climate change

13th October, 2019

In his budget speech, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that while Brexit represented the most immediate economic risk facing the country, climate change was a “defining challenge”. It would involve growing the economy, he said, while reducing its impact on the environment. The main step towards facing that challenge in the budget was raising the carbon tax from €20 to €26, or just under 2 cent per litre of petrol/diesel. The increase was less...

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