I have been looking through our Gubmint’s “Climate Action Plan” again.
It is completely insane.
Either it’s insane or there is some grand plan to force us back into the Stone Age by taxing us to the hilt.
Motorists and businesses will feel the brunt of tax hikes unless they actively invest in going green. The Government plans to force petrol and diesel cars off our roads, introduce new buildings regulations and change the school curriculum in a bid to counteract climate change.
Right. Motorists, business and every man woman and child will bear the brunt. Don’t they realise that produce has to be carried by lorry, and that currently those lorries run on diesel? Electrifying the country’s lorries would cost millions which would mean enormous price hikes on virtually every item sold. I doubt it’s even possible anyway.
The plan has a major emphasis on the transport sector. Proposals include banning petrol and diesel cars from town centres around the country.
So they are also going to ban delivery lorries? The only result of that idea is to create mayhem in the suburbs as people leave their cars to somehow get into the city centres. The public transport system just couldn’t cope, especially as it somehow has to be electrified too.
Other measures include:
Phasing out oil and gas boilers.
Doubling electricity tax on businesses.
New levies on single-use plastics (similar to plastic bag tax).
Loans for retrofitting homes to be repaid through property tax.
And changes to private pensions.
Phasing out oil and gas boilers? What the fuck? How the fuck are we to heat our homes? Coal fires? No, sorry – not allowed. Turf fires? Ditto. Heat pumps? Incredibly expensive and they rely on electricity too. The only option is electricity.
Doubling electricity tax on business? That will just be passed on to the consumer.
Levies on plastics? Tax again.
Retrofitting homes? I heard during the week that retrofitting could be doe for as little[!] as €20,000. Repaying that will add how much to the property tax?
Changes to private pensions is just a leaf out of the Tobacco Control Handbook. Pensions should be only invested in “Green Energy” or some such crap. Maybe they should invest in tobacco companies?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the government wants to “nudge” people and businesses to change their behaviour in order to tackle climate change.
This is not “nudging” – this is coercion by force and taxation. The man is insane [or illiterate].
This will be done, Mr Varadkar said today, by seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two per cent a year each year for the next ten years. Mr Varadkar said young people’s greatest fear was “that the world will be destroyed in a climate apocalypse”. He said: “It doesn’t have to happen it’s not inevitable, it can be stopped, action can be taken.”
If young people are afraid it’s only because of adult lies, misinformation propaganda and brain washing. I also blame that idiot child Thunberg and her “crusade”.
“Our approach is not a coercive one,” he said. “It’s to nudge people and businesses to change their behaviour.”
Here we go again. It is coercive to the point of bullying.
Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton has attached clear timelines for when he expects decisions to be taken, particularly in relation to taxation measures overseen by the Department of Finance. Over “an appropriate period of time” the current 11c gap in the price of diesel and petrol is to be closed.
The plan recommits the Government to raising carbon tax from the current rate of €20 per tonne to €80 by 2030.
If the tax stood at €80 per tonne, based on today’s prices and including Vat, a litre of petrol would be around 17c dearer and diesel 20c.
Of course this isn’t coercion. It’s nudging by emptying our pockets.
Ultimately, legislation will be introduced to ban the sale of new fossil fuel cars from 2030 and to stop granting NCTs from 2045. A series of incentives are in the pipeline for people willing to transfer to EVs, including a car-scrappage scheme. It is hoped to have a charging network capable of catering for 800,000 EVs in place by 2030.
So basically we all have to drive EVs whether we like it or not. Stopping granting [granting? Hah! They make it sound like a fucking gift] NCTs will force all non-EVs off the road. Where is the nudging there? Thank God it’s unlikely to affect me’
The potential for a car-sharing programme for towns in rural Ireland is to be assessed. The action plan also sets out an ambition that all new public buses will be electric. The National Transport Authority is to set up a ‘Park and Ride Development Office’ to make life easier for commuters.
Once again – totally insane and unworkable.
Meanwhile, the installation of oil boilers is to be banned from 2022 and gas boilers will be outlawed from 2025 in all new dwellings. Plans will also be developed for ways of having oil and gas boilers replaced in existing homes – but no new regulations will be introduced before 2026.
Oil and gas boilers replaced? With what exactly?
I could go on through the rest but you get the gist? It is prohibitively expensive and in some areas impossible. It is Cloud Cuckoo Land. It is a dream. Or rather it is a dream for the gubmint and a nightmare or the rest of us.
One thing that strikes me is that according to their plan everything will rely on electricity, and I mean everything. What happens if there are power outages? Where the fuck is this electricity to come from? Windmills? The entire country would grind to a standstill in calm weather.
Of course if we all rely on electricity for everything then they have ultimate control over us?
However, I’m not worried. Our lot in power are great for fanciful ideas that go completely arse over tit. Somehow they manage to fuck up just about every plan. Electronic Voting? Dublin Underground? Rural Broadband?
Now if they want to do something about emissions and the like, I would suggest they take up Daughter’s suggestion – rebuild all motorways so the all go downhill. In both directions.
It’s a hell of a lot more sensible than the “Climate Action” crap.