Irish opposition tables 80% emission cut law

Government narrowly defeats "madcap" legal requirement for annual greenhouse gas reductions

A draft law requiring Ireland to make annual greenhouse gas emission cuts leading to a 60-80% reduction by 2050 was narrowly defeated in parliament on Wednesday. The Green party proposal was supported by all main opposition parties and fell by only 61 to 55 votes. Irish environment minister Dick Roche savaged the plan, which he said would "tie the hands of all future Irish governments", have a "catastrophic" impact on the economy, and make it "virtually impossible" to win foreign direct investment. See press releases from Green party and environment ministry.

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