21 countries from Austria to the United States have cut their greenhouse gases emissions while growing their economies in the past 15 years. This proves that decoupling economic growth and greenhouse gases emissions is feasible.
We have seen quite a few times that a carbon tax makes a lot of sense as it could literally help solve our most pressing problems : our warming climate and our broken economy. Well, it already does in Ireland.
As the New York Times reports – who else could get such great news ? – Ireland set up a carbon tax three years ago and its carbon emissions has been dropping significantly thanks to it.
If the Irish can do it, why couldn’t the entire European Union, or other rich countries, do it ? While some are just doing nothing, some are acting, and reaping profits. Good job Ireland !
I have fond memories of my year in Ireland when I was studying for my Bachelor of Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology. This is why I am particularly happy to note that the country has ambitious renewable energies goals for 2020.
Ireland is indeed willing to have 40 percent of its electricity coming from renewable energy sources by 2020 compared to only around 13 percent today. As you can imagine, this will require a lot of commitment.
This may be feasible as the country has for obvious reasons one of the best potentials in wind and ocean energy in the continent.
” What if the European Union solved the triple crisis – economy, energy, environment – by solving the financial one ? Alice Stollmeyer sent me last week a link of project to do just that. “ ” Some European nations – Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal – are owing more and more money to the European … Read more
Half of this money will be invested in wind, wave and tidal energies and biomass. This is due to cut by half the greenhouse gases emissions by 2020.
An interesting prospect for this country which might set an example for other countries in developed countries