Environment Protection Agency

[Speaking in the Seanad during a Labour Party private members’ motion on the Environmental Protection Agency] [LINK to text of the Labour party motion: http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=26594&&CatID=63%5D Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. I support Senator Whelan and his colleagues on this motion. When I read the documentation he provided it sowed a seed of doubt in my … Continue reading

Our judgement was distorted by Chernobyl tales

We need to discuss nuclear power as a serious option. So let’s do it openly. Even if you are sceptical about global warming, the case for reducing our dependence on carbon as an energy source is overwhelming. In the first instance carbon fuels are non-renewable. They will run out. There will come a time when … Continue reading

Speaking on the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

As I have stated, strategically the Minister’s (Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte) Department is perhaps the most important of Government because he has executive control over a branch of policy which, at the risk of being over dramatic, has existential indications for our species. There is a tendency on the … Continue reading

Renewable Energy

We can forget all about political points scoring, procedural matters and constituency boundaries. There is no doubt in my mind that the three existential crises that will face our society and our civilisation in the years to come will be food, water and energy. It is that simple. The imperative to do something fundamental about … Continue reading

Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

The Minister has perhaps the most important portfolio of all of the Ministers in the current Government. The reason it is important is that the major existential threats which will face our species in the years to come are not the IMF or the ECB or Anglo Irish Bank or disturbances between Fianna Fáil and … Continue reading