Today in the European Parliament, Green Party MEP for Dublin, Ciarán Cuffe exposed the Irish government’s climate hypocrisy in relation to the Shannon LNG project.
In questioning EU Commission representatives on the controversial Shannon LNG project, Cuffe clarified that it is very much within the Irish Government’s powers to put a stop to this plant which would see Ireland act as a gateway for fracked natural gas from the United States to enter the EU.
Speaking after the ITRE Committee session, Ciarán Cuffe MEP said:
“The Fine Gael led Government has misled the Irish people in suggesting that the decision making process around granting special status for the Shannon LNG project rests with the European Commission. As a result of my questioning of the Commission representatives at Committee today, it is clear that the Government is attempting to pass the buck on this hugely problematic matter. Just last week, the Swedish government refused permission for a similar plant for the Port of Gothenburg. The Irish government must follow suit.
“The Commission also confirmed that no environmental impact assessment for the TEN E Projects (Trans-European Networks for Energy) has been carried out. This is utterly unacceptable.
“The Green Party understands the urgency of transforming our energy system and reducing global carbon emissions. Unfortunately, as evidenced by the pursuit of these policies, it is clear that the government does not share this understanding. Fracked gas has a carbon footprint of 44% greater than other fuel types. I believe that this project will lock Ireland into continued fossil fuel use just as we desperately need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels if we are to stand any chance of meeting our international obligations and mitigating the onset of climate breakdown.”
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