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A6-0495/2008

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PV 04/02/2009 - 3
CRE 04/02/2009 - 3

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PV 04/02/2009 - 5.1
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Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P6_TA(2009)0042

Debates
Wednesday, 4 February 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

8. Explanations of vote
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– Report: Karl-Heinz Florenz (A6-0495/2008 )

  Mary Lou McDonald (GUE/NGL ), in writing. − I was happy to support the final report from the Temporary Committee on Climate Change.

Today’s report from Mr Florenz is based on scientific principles and maps out the challenges that face our society in various fields like transport, land-use, energy and waste management. The current economic crisis should not be used as an excuse to row back on our climate commitments. Some less progressive forces have tried to use the economic downturn as an excuse to renege on the necessary climate commitments. This should be seen not only as the cynical ploy it is, coming from forces not in the least bit interested in facing up to the realities of climate change, but also as short-sighted in the extreme.

I specifically reject the notion that nuclear power has any role to play in the green economy of tomorrow and beyond. Ireland must remain a nuclear-free island. Clean and renewable energy sources should be the basis of our energy supply, not the dangerous short-term folly of nuclear power.

 
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