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Cop On Roscommon TD slams 'wave of lunacy' around climate change as COP26 continues

Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice slammed the likes of US President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Micheal Martin for arriving to COP26 in private planes and vehicles.

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Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice. Photo: Tom Burke

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice. Photo: Tom Burke

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice. Photo: Tom Burke

A local TD has said that there is a “wave of lunacy” around climate change as world leaders attend the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

The United Nations ‘Conference of the Parties,’ or COP26 event, kicked off on Sunday with world leaders, negotiators, businesspeople, and concerned citizens coming together to try find a solution to the looming climate emergency.

But Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice has slammed the likes of US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Taoiseach Micheal Martin for arriving to the conference in private planes and vehicles.

In a statement, the independent politician said that the actions of these world leaders are ironic and out of touch.

“The wave of lunacy around the climate change debate is just breathtaking at the moment and people need to come back down to earth and stop living in the clouds.

“It was reported in the media that in the region of 40,000 people have attended the COP26 event, with many more expected over the two-week event.

“Meanwhile, it is believed that 400 private jets will be utilised to transport politicians and business executives in and out of the UK for the climate event, emitting an estimated two [tonnes] of carbon for every hour in the air.

“And yet fuel for planes, as well as ships, seems to be escaping from the carbon tax.”

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks today, Mr Fitzmaurice told listeners that he stood by his comments.

“I think we need to put things into perspective. I think we need to come down to earth at the moment,” he explained.

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“Over the last few days, I watched clips on the news when the G20 decided to go to Italy. I saw 85 vehicles and this big, bulletproof vehicle that Biden has, the amount of planes that headed for Italy.

“Then the whole lot decided to [fly] away to Scotland. We’re doing a tally and the amount of people going to Scotland this week for the two weeks would produce the same amount of carbon as Scotland would [produce] in a year.

“There's 30,000 people heading towards it. There’s nearly every private plane in the world gone to it.

“Biden put up 100 tonnes of carbon when an ordinary person doing that trip would only put up an average of two tonnes per year. That’s the reality of it.”

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