The hypocrisy is mind blowing. Scarcely days after supporting a Dáil motion declaring a climate emergency and lapping up the international praise, Leo Varadkar and Environment Minister Richard Bruton have pulled a bureaucratic trick to stop TDs even debating the Climate Emergency Measures Bill.
We’re inches away from getting oil and gas exploration banned by the Dáil, but the Government has pulled another anti-democratic ploy - because Fine Gael is the only party standing in the way of this crucial measure.
Varadkar and Bruton think they can still get away with using arcane parliamentary procedures to stall climate action so they can do favours for oil company executives. So before the dust settles on this decision and the media moves on, we need to show them that things have changed - school kids are striking, climate change is hitting the headlines daily, and the “Green Wave” shows voters are demanding action.
They made this move late earlier this month - if we can fill their inboxes with emails showing backlash from the public, we can show that people in Ireland won’t stand for this reckless sabotage of climate action.
Can you take a minute to email Leo Varadkar and Environment Minister Richard Bruton? We’ve set it up so you can send a message I’ve written with the click of a button, or write your own.
If you’re a constituent of Richard Bruton’s in Dublin Bay North, please call his office on 01 6183103 and reply to this email to let us know how you get on. Ultimately, you’re who decides whether he’s out of a job in the next election - so he needs to hear from you that climate action decides your vote.
The question we need to pose to politicians right now is - are you really going to stand over this? Will your legacy be oil rigs drilling our seas well into the 2040s and 50s, condemning our children to climate chaos? Or will it be taking a stand against fossil fuel corporations, and securing a safe climate for us all?
Our local elections saw a wave of support for climate action by voters - across the country we saw candidates running on climate platforms out perform predictions. But Richard Bruton is still trying to conduct “business as usual” while pumping out soundbites that make it sound like he’s taking the climate crisis seriously - earlier this year, he signed off on oil drilling in our seas by a subsidiary of the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company and ExxonMobil.
This is exactly why we need the Bill to ban future oil and gas exploration that Bruton and Varadkar are torpedoing. We cannot allow politicians to sign off on any new fossil fuels to be extracted and burnt - or we’ll shoot past the safe limits of climate change.
We need to show them that their doublespeak is not flying under the radar as they might have hoped - so can you take a moment to email Leo Varadkar and Environment Minister Richard Bruton? It only takes a moment.
Or, if you’re a constituent of Richard Bruton’s in Dublin Bay North, please call him on 01 6183103.
We’re so close to making history, and beginning the end of the fossil fuel era. And the only way we can do this is together, with people power - so thank you for being a part of this with us.
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