Ireland Becomes The First Country To Fully Divest From Fossil Fuels

Breaking News: Some governments are actually still doing the right thing

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Being a climate change denier seems to be all the rage these days.

Back in January Trump's administration ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove all of its pages concerning climate change from its website.

He also attempted to gag the National Parks Service with hilarious consequences.

All to ensure his great country (or, is it not great, since it needs to be great again? Who knows...), stayed dependent on fossil fuels so his investments in projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline stay sweet.

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Thankfully, the entire world isn't hell-bent on sticking its head in the proverbial sand until Climate Change has gone past the point of no return (though, we may already be past it).

Ireland Fossil Fuel Vote
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Last week, the Irish Parliament voted, according to the Independent, 90 to 53 in favour of an historic legislation that will drop coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic's National Treasury Management Agency.

Deputy Thomas Pringle said:

This principle of ethical financing is a symbol to these global corporations that their continual manipulation of climate science, denial of the existence of climate change and their controversial lobbying practices of politicians around the world is no longer tolerated. We cannot accept their actions while millions of poor people in underdeveloped nations bear the brunt of climate change forces as they experience famine, mass emigration and civil unrest as a result.

Once it has been reviewed by the financial committee, the bill will pass, meaning that the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will have to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over the next five years.

Take THAT climate change.

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