Leo Varadkar pledges to cut emissions in order to make his country “healthy and great again”

The Irish prime minister has pledged to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars within the country from 2030, in a move that he said will help to make the Republic of Ireland “healthy and great again”.

Leo Varadkar said during a speech at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin that banning car tailpipe emissions, as well as the use of peat and coal in power stations, would help to make Ireland “a leader in climate action”.

If enforced, his 2030 combustion-engined car ban would be enforced a decade before a similar ban takes place in the UK. It's not yet known if Varadkar’s ban would exclude hybrid cars, like the UK ban will.

Varadkar said the harsh action would come as part of plans to make Ireland sustainable. He said such a move would require “profound changes in how we live our lives" that "will only be possible with the support of communities and individuals”.

Varadkar’s comments come in the same week that British mayors from several leading cities met the UK’s environment secretary, Michael Gove, to propose moving the 2040 ban on pure petrol and diesel vehicles forward by 10 years.

“Air pollution isn't an isolated problem, it’s a national health crisis,” mayor of London Sadiq Khan said. “Our country’s filthy air is shortening lives, damaging lungs and severely impacting on the NHS.”

Gove recently introduced a new clean air strategy that outlined plans to reduce particulate emissions from vehicle brakes and tyres. However, the strategy refrained from tightening plans introduced in 2017 that included the 2040 petrol and diesel car ban.

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21 June 2018
Manufacturers would not have long to engineer and supply the production of all those plug-in cars.

21 June 2018
Obviously that excludes hybrids, if it did not Mr. Varadkar would scream it out of his lungs.

21 June 2018

The time will fly and Eire won't be ready. Still, at least he can put the finishing touches to stabbing us in the back after we, his closest neighbours, leave the EU. Those closest neighbours that bailed out the Irish economy to the tune of billions of pounds. They seem to forget that when they're singing the praises of Brussels.

22 June 2018

Ah, well, wait and see what happens in Ireland.  At the moment, they are all lovey-dovey with the EU, but let's wait and see.  There are rural communities across Ireland which are being literally forced to take in immigrants.  They are being distributed out whether the local infrastructure can take it or not.  One small village is being forced to take in 350 of them - and this is like a one-horse town.  Resentment grows like a sunflower.  Give it three years and see how Ireland feels about the EU then.  There are two things coming up that will almost certainly end the EU (three, if you consider Italy).  Algeria will almost certainly be getting a civil war - causing truly massive migration out; and Africa will undergo a population boom.  Guess where they'll go in 10 years' time?  It can't come soon enough - even though we too, will suffer from an EU break up.  But it will be healthier to be on the outside when it all goes 'Bodmin'.

22 June 2018
Bazzer wrote:

Ah, well, wait and see what happens in Ireland.  At the moment, they are all lovey-dovey with the EU, but let's wait and see.  There are rural communities across Ireland which are being literally forced to take in immigrants.  They are being distributed out whether the local infrastructure can take it or not.  One small village is being forced to take in 350 of them - and this is like a one-horse town.  Resentment grows like a sunflower.  Give it three years and see how Ireland feels about the EU then.  There are two things coming up that will almost certainly end the EU (three, if you consider Italy).  Algeria will almost certainly be getting a civil war - causing truly massive migration out; and Africa will undergo a population boom.  Guess where they'll go in 10 years' time?  It can't come soon enough - even though we too, will suffer from an EU break up.  But it will be healthier to be on the outside when it all goes 'Bodmin'.

 

The King Thommond?

22 June 2018

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika.  President of Algeria, if that's what you're alluding to, that is.  He's kept a lid on factions within Algeria.  He's 81 and in very poor health.  When he goes, there's going to be competing factions left to fight it out.  Algeria will erupt once more (not immediately).

Population of Syria: 18 million - civil war caused untold number of immigrants in to EU.

Population of Algeria: 41 million - Immigrants?  You do the maths.

Tick...tick...tick...

22 June 2018

What is he going to replace them with? Horses?!

22 June 2018

"He said such a move would require “profound changes in how we live our lives and that will only be possible with the support of communities and individuals”."

That sounds like something a Marxist would say.

22 June 2018

It's amazing how supportive a community becomes when applied behavioural psychology is imposed on an unsuspecting trusting community who are too busy trying to survive to notice that their elected representatives do not have the interests of the general population at heart. When you consider that children today have had cash removed from the school environment, and the advances in technology such as RFID and the roll out of 5G with the internet of things and smart technology then I suggest we are heading for a dystopian nightmare where even the freedom of expressing your own thoughts will be problematic.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

22 June 2018

1.Will he still be PM?

What is he going to do with the peat and coal fired BASE LOAD POWER generators no longer work?A friend of mine in Sydney asked a senior electrical engineer in the transport industry to give him a figure on how many wind turbines would be needed to power just one 8 car electric train on one line(20 miles).To provide the necessary stable power supply the number was 7 of the largest wind turbines running constantly.Thats one train, the network has 1000.Do the maths.

I presume he doesn't enjoy the benefits of cars,central heating,flying,eating,smartphones etc etc.Does he really believe the "progress of human civilisation" will accept a reverting to the dark ages.I ask the question.If a massive storm comes of the Irish sea or Atlantic and devastates  cities and towns in Ireland,no power,no water, and yet he says he wants no ICE vehicles,only electric.Good one,what happens when an electric ambulance or fire engine can't charge their batteries?The physics just don't work.And these people get elected?

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