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‘Climate Emergency’: Ireland Set to Ban Private Cars

June 21, 2019

By Paul Homewood



How long will it be before our crazy politicians follow suit?



Drivers will be forced off the roads in Ireland and the population packed into “higher density” cities under a long-awaited climate plan which will ‘revolutionise’ people’s lifestyle and behaviours, according to local media.

“Nudge” policies such as huge tax hikes, as well as bans and red tape outlined in the plan, will pave the way to a “vibrant” Ireland of zero carbon emissions by 2050 according to the government, which last year committed to boost the country’s 4.7 million-strong population by a further million with mass migration.

In order to avert a “climate apocalypse”, the government plans to force people “out of private cars because they are the biggest offenders for emissions”, according to transport minister Shane Ross whose proposals — which include banning fossil fuel vehicles from towns and cities nationwide — are posed to cripple ordinary motorists, local media reports.

Launching the plan in Dublin, leader Leo Varadkar outlined his vision for an Ireland of ‘higher density’ cities consisting of populations whose lifestyles and behaviours have been totally transformed by ‘carrot and stick’ policies outlined in the climate plan.

“Our approach will be to nudge people and businesses to change behaviour and adapt new technologies through incentives, disincentives, regulations and information,” the globalist prime minister said.

“We are going to change how electricity is produced and consumed, how our homes and workplaces are heated; the way we travel; the types of vehicles we purchase; and how food is produced.

“It’s about vibrant, populated city centres, liveable, with excellent amenities and transport as we embrace higher densities.”

The document, which was unveiled on Tuesday, features more than 180 measures to decarbonise the Irish economy including making private car ownership prohibitively expensive — with petrol and diesel car sales banned by 2030, a date by which it says general carbon tax will be increased from €20 a tonne to “at least” €80.

In addition, the plans demand that coal and peat-fired power stations are replaced with wind farms and other “green” energy sources in order to meet the requirement that 70 per cent of electricity will be generated from renewables by 2030.

Socialist politicians have long wanted to take our cars away from us, because they give citizens far too much freedom to go where we want when we want.

Let’s hope that the eminently sensible Irish voters tell Varadkhar exactly where he can get off.

  1. June 21, 2019 11:31 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Saighdear permalink
    June 21, 2019 11:35 am

    You REALLY, amean like R E A L L Y expect me to take this seriously? .. and then there’s the buckstop issue… ach mann! Rural country dwellers v. urban city inhabitants

  3. Pancho Plail permalink
    June 21, 2019 11:49 am

    Well, that will minimise the problems of the border with no vehicles to check.

  4. Pancho Plail permalink
    June 21, 2019 11:51 am

    And since when was Varadkar a “globalist”, whilst at the same time clinging to the skirts of the EU?

  5. John Palmer permalink
    June 21, 2019 11:53 am

    As it isn’t April 1st, this must another contender for ‘longest political suicide note in history’.
    I’ll pass on whatever they’re smoking or using!

  6. June 21, 2019 12:00 pm

    “…by a further million with mass migration.” I have a feeling that will turn into mass emigration.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      June 21, 2019 3:51 pm

      Indeed – there won’t even be tractors to harvest potatoes.

  7. June 21, 2019 12:00 pm

    I’ve been following Gemma O’Doherty recently, she is somewhat OTT and conspiratorial for my liking, but she has revealed much about modern Ireland. Youtube has deleted all of her videos of the last several months, it would be interesting to get her take on this news, here is her video on wind farms in Ireland:

    • June 21, 2019 12:19 pm

      Oops, fake news from me (maybe Google hiding her recent videos), she still has current youtube videos, here is a recent one on Climate, looks somewhat far-fetched to me, but who knows:

    • Barbara Elsmore permalink
      June 21, 2019 4:59 pm

      On what grounds have Youtube been deleting her videos?

      • Russ Wood permalink
        June 24, 2019 10:25 am

        On what grounds? We’re Google, we don’ need no steenking grounds!

  8. roger permalink
    June 21, 2019 12:02 pm

    why am I reminded of the Irish bank robber who sawed the wrong end off his shotgun?

  9. June 21, 2019 12:03 pm

    “Let’s hope that the eminently sensible Irish voters tell Varadkhar exactly where he can get off.”

    Alas, this presumes that the opposition will offer an alternative choice. In this country at least, we ain’t anywhere close to getting that.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 21, 2019 1:47 pm

      My thoughts exactly. It will probably take a few more election ‘upsets’ where the alarmists lose before a UK party cottons on that dumping the economy destroying global warming crap is a vote winner.

  10. Robert Fairless permalink
    June 21, 2019 12:26 pm

    They surely cannot really be serious, can they? The lunatics must have escaped and taken over.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      June 21, 2019 6:51 pm

      I assumed it must be a Daily Mash story…

  11. Up2snuff permalink
    June 21, 2019 12:32 pm

    Are they still running diesel trains for rural transport in the Irish Republic?

    If so, then I suggest that this may not be true: “the government plans to force people “out of private cars because they are the biggest offenders for emissions”, according to transport minister Shane Ross”

  12. June 21, 2019 12:44 pm

    Sounds as though Agenda 21 has come to Ireland. They were pushing the tenets of it here, but we found the antidote: the election of Donald John Trump. The cure was almost immediate after January 20, 2017 at noon: unleashing energy, trashing ridiculous regulations, and waving bye-bye to the Paris Climate Accord are just a few of the immediate effects.

  13. Tony Budd permalink
    June 21, 2019 12:54 pm

    Presumably Shane Ross and Leo Varadkar have already scrapped (not sold) their families’ private vehicles and no longer use government vehicles of any sort, to demonstrate their commitment to the plan. And of course they and their families are now banned from flying anywhere or using diesel-powered ships or trains. Could somebody check, please?

  14. A C Osborn permalink
    June 21, 2019 1:05 pm

    This is the implimentation of UN Agendas 21, 2030 and Sustainabilty.
    Coming to you as well as soon as they can.

  15. JimW permalink
    June 21, 2019 1:16 pm

    I was reading another blog on brexit when it suddenly occured to me that this move by the RoI government has profound consequences for the border issue and the ‘backstop’ issue. If RoI puts in place zero carbon for vehicles by 2030, it means to all intents and purposes it would erect a hard border for ICE driven vehicles going south, or NI and by inference the rest of the UK would have to conform to their ‘standards’ to continue to trade within the ‘backstop’ concept of ‘single market’ conformity.
    It means I think that you might as well as have a hard border now and get it over with, as it coming soon anyway. Even if a future RoI govt changed tack realising the supidity of the move, the UK would already have had to make considerable moves to conform.
    Madness rules!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 21, 2019 1:49 pm

      Read it more carefully – ICE sales are going to be banned not the use of them……yet.

      • June 21, 2019 2:01 pm

        Moot point Gerry

        What is to stop the Irish crossing the border and buying new cars in Belfast?

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        June 21, 2019 2:25 pm

        “…including making private car ownership prohibitively expensive…”

        No need to ban something you make too expensive to afford.

      • JimW permalink
        June 21, 2019 2:32 pm

        Banned in towns and cities.

      • Up2snuff permalink
        June 21, 2019 4:07 pm

        “At present, 36pc of vehicles on Irish roads use petrol while 62pc operate on diesel – but the sale of new diesel or petrol cars is to be banned in 2030 and they will be outlawed completely in 2045.”

  16. June 21, 2019 1:36 pm

    Leo Varadkar outlined his vision for an Ireland of ‘higher density’ cities

    Those politicians who support this nonsense are the ones with the ‘higher density’ – they’re as thick as two short planks when it comes to fake climate issues.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 21, 2019 2:17 pm

      So goodbye to Irish agriculture?

  17. Ian Cook permalink
    June 21, 2019 1:49 pm

    Yes, cars really offend our politicians. It is why so much effort is put into controlling ‘speed’, with motorway limits changed randomly. When you see a concatenation of cars, it almost always means they have lowered the limit and it clears as soon as normality returns. And why the EU wants our cars ‘controlled’ and electric car energy rationing will be another way.

    • spetzer86 permalink
      June 22, 2019 1:29 pm

      It’s ultimately not the cars, but people travelling around that appears to be the ultimate goal. Put everyone in large cities and make them stay there. I’m just not sure why that’s such a great idea.

  18. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 21, 2019 2:20 pm

    Presumably the mass migration is required to avert a massive drop in GDP?

    Think they may be getting the horse before the cart here. If production is falling because productivity is falling, you can’t just bring in people an hope they magically produce.

    But what a great document. It actually begins to set out the nightmare zero carbon will be for everyone.

  19. June 21, 2019 2:35 pm

    When did politicians find it not only acceptable but desirable to become puppet masters and citizens of a country little marionettes controlled with little strings?

    “Our approach will be to nudge people and businesses to change behaviour and adapt new technologies through incentives, disincentives, regulations and information,” the globalist prime minister said.”

    It will be interesting to see if the migration is to Irish urban centers or to the EU and the Americas where people will be free to live the life they want. Then again, Irish voters might have a say in Mr. Varadkhar’s future.

  20. June 21, 2019 3:07 pm

    “Socialist politicians have long wanted to take our cars away from us, because they give citizens far too much freedom to go where we want when we want.”

    I really don’t know how I manage without a car…

  21. June 21, 2019 3:54 pm

    My God! UN Agenda 21 is alive and kicking in Ireland. But of course that’s what the whole climate scare nonsense is all about people. Read Agenda 21, read about Maurice Strong and be very worried!,

  22. Up2snuff permalink
    June 21, 2019 4:20 pm

    The elephant in the room for Varadkhar will be this:
    “Primarily responsibility for its implementation falls to Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton, who has based the document on the Action Plan for Jobs he introduced at the height of the economic recession.”

    Increasing indirect taxes causes inflation unless other indirect taxes are cut but then that would negate the incentive to give up the private motor car.

    Unfortunately, inflation does not create jobs but destroys them. And where will all those out of work mechanics find jobs?

    Then there are the taxes that the Irish Government derives from private car use. If that is slashed when they are “outlawed entirely in 2045” where will the Government find replacement revenues. Tricky one that. The present Party is unlikely to be in government then with inflation raging and unemployment climbing. Maybe there will be a change of mind and heart as well as government.

  23. charlton taylor permalink
    June 21, 2019 4:25 pm

    They may do away with private cars but i guarantee government ministers will still keep their cars and planes!

  24. david taylor permalink
    June 21, 2019 4:33 pm

    The narrative is becoming clearer as the climate change lobby becomes emboldened by the failure of governments to argue the case for technological change rather than socialist dogma and oppression.

  25. JerryC permalink
    June 21, 2019 6:19 pm

    You know…something like this would have been dismissed as a crazy right wing conspiracy theory if you had suggested it might happen a few years ago. Now we have governments proudly rolling it out as official policy.

  26. Gamecock permalink
    June 21, 2019 10:23 pm

    ‘petrol and diesel car sales banned by 2030’

    Goddammit! It’s an emergency !!! BAN THEM NOW !!!

    Wait . . . what? It’s not really an emergency? Then why are they saying it’s an emergency?

  27. Tasa permalink
    June 22, 2019 6:05 am

    The Irish are on a long circular path which brings them back to reality after much angst and wasted resources and wasted opportunity. Once the million refugees come there won’t be a path to reverse this “policy”
    Vote out this government ASAP and get your country back.

  28. jack broughton permalink
    June 22, 2019 10:44 am

    It is interesting that the media are now supporting rebellion groups like ER actively. They have failed to get the people to follow their dogma by brainwashing and are now resorting the using the gullible young peoples’ love of activism. Tom Bawden, who rivals Horrorbin as a climate fanatic, seems to be the voice of the “i”.

    none of the mainstream UK meja are allowing any criticism of the “proven science”.

  29. Armagh Man permalink
    June 22, 2019 5:04 pm

    Full disclosure, I’m Irish living in Alberta. Now many years ago we were known as ‘thick’ and were on the receiving end of many an Irish joke. However, I am sad to say that the half- wits who have come up with a Climate Emergency (it rains a lot!!) and no ICE Cars in the future (it’s rural except for a handful of small cities) are Bona-fide ‘thick’ and are giving the Irish a bad name!!

  30. Eoin mc permalink
    June 23, 2019 2:06 pm

    Unfortunately Paul, the issue of whether the Irish electorate is sensible or not with regard to dumping the current government (which has concocted this climate plan) is moot. The only chance Ireland had of not following or delaying the EU’s zero emission climate economic suicide plan was to have the the current (ostensibly non-left wing) political party running the country. All other political outfits are either soft left or extremely left wing in character ie, either of the Bernie Sanders or AOC variety. The issue in Ireland, as in the USA & UK is that the media are now even more biased in their climate and ‘social justice’ output than has been the case since Al Gore effectively kickstarted this climate delerium in 2006. Politicians, even formerly right wing ones such as Fine Gael, who have been in government since 2011, realise to obstruct the tsunami of blatant Save The Earth messaging from the media will result in their being voted out of office. PS Thanks for all the great work you put into the website.

  31. cockneygit permalink
    June 23, 2019 5:19 pm

    I’ve spoken to quite a few Irish people over there, and they are actually falling for this! One poll showed 90% of Irish people still support the EU (support staying the EU). I’ve read some of the comments above, and they are wide of the mark – the Irish are pretty much ok about what is going to happen to them with regard to ‘Ireland 2040’! I know it sounds crazy, but they really are. Perhaps they don’t fully understand what will happen. Google ‘Ireland 2040’ if you want a good read, and one that will leave you just shaking your head in total disbelief.

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