When it comes to climate action, it seems Sinn Féin’s main policy is to blow hot air

What is Sinn Féin’s position on climate action? Answer: Inaction.

The Hay Party emits its spokesperson on climate change today from its party room on the Leinster House plinth.

Darren O’Rourke wanted to talk about measuring energy poverty. His party has a new bill. It has no updated policy on climate change, which is unchanged from 2019.

Since then, the party has issued 11 new policies on housing and nine announcements on health.

The brazen targeting of voter concerns has catapulted the party to a level of popularity that is more or less combined with Fine Gael and Fianna Feel. Yet it still fears potentially setting aside a vote.

So the party’s climate change spokesperson could not take a position on the currently hot topic of emissions reduction targets, which agriculture must meet by 2030.

The first thing Mr O’Rourke said was that he “cannot draw a figure out of thin air”. Or even out of dense air from CO2 and methane emissions, the latter is 28 times more dangerous, with almost all Irish methane emissions produced by agriculture, especially cattle.

During the 20-minute media grilling, Mr O’Rourke repeatedly declined to specify what the landing zone should be, as the Climate Change Advisory Council said agriculture should reduce gases at a range between 22pc and 30pc. Will have to – leave the ultimate goal to the politicians.

Mr O’Rourke condemns the ‘toxic public discourse’ that has people debating the target on the airwaves

In contrast, spokespersons for the Social Democrats and People Before Profit have openly argued for the 30PC. Mr O’Rourke liberally said he is “deserved to predict what he wants” – then denounced the “toxic public discourse”, leading to people debating it on the airwaves. Which can be considered, you know, democracy in action.

Sinn Féin would not contribute to the kind of mudslinging we were left to imagine. To allege that the main opposition party is irresponsibly sitting on the fence while the planet is burning – party frontbencher Louise O’Reilly was unable to deal with figures on the plinth the previous day – Sinn Féin says it should is “excluded from” the process” and does not have access to the background information (neither Social Democrats or People Before Profit) needed to make the calculations.


Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke had little to say when asked about the national herd

The figure is “for the government to work for”, Mr O’Rourke said. As for the suggestion that Sinn Féin would immediately criticize the figure when it came out, Mr. O’Rourke, who had always been quiet, jokingly poked softly. Sinn Féin won’t do that, he said, “we’re going to protect our position.”

It would then settle the problem by seeking to look at the base of the data, citing an unpublished report from McKinsey advisors and input from other experts convened by the government.

But surely Mr. O’Rourke was lobbied by interest groups? What did he say to them?

A climate change spokesperson confirmed that they had engaged with the Irish Farmers Union, which has launched a (perfectly legitimate) outreach campaign to influence legislators.

Sinn Féin’s indecision stems from a decision. It has decided not to take any

Yet when he met with the IFA, he told them that he “does not have the information to support his position, or vice versa”.

Sinn Féin’s indecision stems from a decision. Decided not to take any decision.

Here’s some of Mr. O’Rourke’s word soup of gloop that he emitted without help, in case you want to be happy with someone saying nothing for a long time, as they were effectively unaffected by the climate by his party. -The speaking spokesperson has been asked not to say anything. Change:

“I think the work needed to come up with a figure involves a detailed analysis of what the different measures will mean in terms of percentage-by-percentage reduction. We’ve asked for that information, and we know the government doesn’t. Relying not only on publicly available information but also on the work of private consultants. We have asked for that information and it has been denied.”

Well, can he strike a figure using publicly available information alone? Er, no… (more word soup here): “We know the government did a great job at setting targets and did an even better job of missing every single one of those targets.”

Against such feuds, Mr. O’Rourke was told by a conspicuous person Meczyki – That there are 1.7 million more cows than citizens in this republic.

Would he at least see a reduction in the national herd, given that a cow emits 500 times more greenhouse gases than a human?

Mr. O’Rourke didn’t really know if there was such a thing as a national herd. Pressed, he thought it should “stay”.

Was he talking about the Chinese style state policy of 1.5 calves per cow, yes or no? Mr. O’Rourke didn’t say “yes” or “no”, but started talking about renewable energy. The responsibility was on the society and all the individuals.

OK, so should we all be eating less meat?

Mr. O’Rourke said that if reductions could be achieved across the board, “people wouldn’t have to change in that regard. But there are certainly, you know, changes in society and dietary habits in Ireland and elsewhere.” There are implications that it will affect, and I think farmers across the board have shown willingness to respond to incentives.

So that’s fine.