Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Oil dependence must end, say Greens

Green Party leader John Gormley has pledged to end Ireland's dependence on oil by 2030

The Green Party has pledged to end Ireland's dependence on oil by 2030 if handed power again.

The party said the country's energy independence lay in boosting the wind and energy supply, electrifying transport and retrofitting buildings.

Green leader John Gormley said the party was determined to break the dependence on oil, which he claimed costs over 6 billion euro a year.

"The next Government has an obligation to prepare our economy and society for an era of cripplingly high oil prices," Mr Gormley said.

"In doing so now - and in deploying alternatives to fossil fuels - we can create jobs and reduce our transport and heating costs."

The party said that if the Greens form part of the next government it would establish a Commission for Oil Independence to meet the 2030 target.

Former energy minister and Dublin South TD Eamon Ryan said Green policy over the last three and a half years had set the country on the road to an oil-free economy.

"Ending Ireland's addiction to oil, can secure our position as one of the world's leading nations in sustainable development," Mr Ryan said.

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