Tuesday 20 February 2018

Our gas-guzzling days must end

Declan Cullen was wondering how Ireland could be such a high carbon-spewing nation, given that there should be a slowdown of combustion output due to our economic circumstances (Letters, March 15).

Figures from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources show that Ireland consumes around 70 million barrels of oil annually. This makes us stellar oil gluttons.

If he looks at the bi-monthly ESB bill it will tell him that 85pc of our electricity energy is generated from fossil fuels. Our food production is so dependent on oil that we are eating it.

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