According to economist and Climate Advisory Council member Professor John Fitzgerald, the carbon tax will encourage people to move from dirtier and more pollutant fuels to cleaner energy, saying that “The dirtier fuels pay more carbon tax,”.
He added that the tax is also necessary as the proceeds help those who are impacted the worst by cost-of-living expenses.
Fitzgerald spoke on RTÉ This Week, where he stated that the government for the past two years and this year have been using the money for compensation for those on low incomes who are badly affected while adding, “No tax, no compensation.”
He also stated that the government needs to “allocate a substantial amount of money to retrofit social housing”.
Describing the government as the biggest landlord in the State in terms of social housing, he said, “It is the landlord’s responsibility to retrofit the house. People will spend less on fuel, they will be warmer, and they will be healthier,”.
He also stated that cattle numbers need to be reduced by 500,000 while adding that farmers can make the equivalent by switching from beef to trees.
In relation to transport, Fitzgerald said that the government must primarily focus on projects such as Bus Connects which he says will tackle climate change and improve lives.
He said that this would not mean that no roads will be built as the majority of cars would eventually be electric.