Treacy Hogan: Unfair green charges feel more like taxes by stealth
Published 10/08/2010 | 05:00
LIKE it or not, we are among the greenest in Europe. Take a bow. But saving the planet will soon cost us more than €500m a year in so-called green levies on electricity, petrol, diesel, home heating oil, bins and domestic water charges.
While Green Party ministers John Gormley and Eamon Ryan might be back-slapping and high-fiving each other about getting their policies across the line, others might wonder whether they are on the receiving end of stealth taxes instead of green charges.
Few now doubt the need to try and save the planet for future generations. However, at a time when the country is on its knees, increasing the cost of electricity is being viewed as madness that could push many more small and medium-sized companies to the brink -- not to mention heaping even more hardship on the most vulnerable in society.