Our gubmint has created a nice little conundrum for itself.
It passed a law committing itself to reach “emission targets” by the end of the decade. It also did that without deciding what those targets were.
So it has now decided on those targets. There was a bit of a row because farmers claimed they couldn’t stop their cattle farting or burping so a compromise had to be reached where other sectors were set much higher targets.
The one that interests me is the Transport one. It is apparently our second biggest “emitter” after the unfortunate cattle. They have now decided that Transport has to cut emissions by 50%.
Transport presumably means private cars, lorries, buses, trains, ships and aircraft? How the fuck are they supposed to cut emissions by 50%? Lorries and buses are almost 100% diesel powered and there is little viable alternative. They’re messing around with a couple of electric buses but I doubt if a couple of buses could satisfy the national need? Trains around Dublin are grand as they all have overhead catenaries but it would be a struggle to electrify the rest of the rail network [or what’s left of it after they have converted so many lines into bicycle “Greenways”]. I presume ships and aircraft are fine because once they leave our shores we can disown them?
So that leaves buses lorries and cars. So far the public in general don’t seem to be that enamoured with the electric car. There are a few around but most us prefer to stick with petrol. I can’t see that changing so radically in a mere eight years. Lorries are a big snag here. Should we revert to rail transport on the few remaining lines? How about canals? They could stick a mast and sails on a few old barges and try that? Deliver everything by drone?
The interesting bit though is not so much how they intend to reach their target, but rather what happens when they fail to reach it. Which they will. They are obliged to reach those targets by law, so presumably and inevitably they will break the law which they themselves created. Will they all be slammed in gaol? I doubt that. Presumably they will end up fining themselves? And this is where my nasty suspicious mind gets to work.
What the bet that we will have to pay those fines with extra taxes?
On second thoughts, the odds are too daft.