Ireland has made history. In a 78-48 vote, Ireland’s lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann, passed legislation that bans the government from issuing new contracts for on and offshore fossil fuel exploration, according to EcoWatch.
With thousands of activists, campaigners and parliamentarians championing the ban on oil and gas drilling, the Climate Energy Bill is the newest legislature passed by the Irish government to protect the environment and effects of climate change. In 2017, the Irish government passed a bill that bans onshore fracking.
The Climate Energy Bill, which was introduced by Bríd Smith, Solidarity-People Before Profit deputy, stated that “fossil fuels are major contributors to climate change and how keeping them in the ground will prevent further damage to the environment,” according to EcoWatch.
“If we take the Paris climate agreement seriously the Oireachtas (parliament) will support this bill,” Smith said during the vote.