WATERFORD’S Sinn Féin TD has come out against an increase in carbon tax.
David Cullinane, the party’s Climate Action spokesperson, said there was “not one shred of evidence” that carbon tax reduces carbon emissions.
He said that the political parties that introduced this tax in 2010, and increased it in 2011, have “ploughed ahead proposing a trajectory increase to 2030, with complete disregard for its impact on energy-poor households”.
He said the tax was “nothing more than a revenue raising exercise, and any further increase will widen poverty and inequality between lower-income and higher-income households”.
We will continue to oppose this regressive revenue raising hustle in every way, shape and form
“Sinn Féin is steadfast in its position that a tax on carbon is nothing more than a shameful smoke-and-mirrors tactic to rationalise an unjust tax and appease the over-consumption of wealthy polluters,” said Mr Cullinane. “We will continue to oppose this regressive revenue raising hustle in every way, shape and form.”
Speaking after a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, Mr Cullinane said: “The issue of Carbon Tax has been put on this committee’s agenda for over a year now, yet not one shred of evidence has been presented from any source to corroborate the theory that carbon tax reduces carbon emissions.”