Kelly MEP defends McGuinness on “greenwashing” claims

July 7, 2022

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly has defended Ireland’s EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness for including nuclear and gas activities as sustainable investments on the financial markets.

MEPs yesterday rejected objections to the European Commission’s Taxonomy Delegated Act. It includes specific nuclear and gas energy activities, under certain conditions, in the list of environmentally sustainable economic activities covered by the so-called EU Taxonomy. Commissioner McGuinness originally tabled the act earlier this year.

Environmental activists yesterday accused MEPs of betrayal for voting against the motion to oppose the inclusion of nuclear and gas as environmentally sustainable investments.  But Sean Kelly says the war on Ukraine means we’ll need nuclear and gas for the moment.   

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