Pat Swords has tackled government in a big way in calling both Ireland and the European Union to account for their renewable energy policy. His common-man approach has been to steadfastly insist that the laws which are in place to protect citizen’s rights actually be made to work. His tools of preference have been Freedom of Information and the Aarhaus Compliance Committee which though they grind exceeding slow seem to be getting the job done.
We have seen so much ugly greed twisting noble motives that it seems hard to believe that the AARHUS CONVENTION ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS might actually live up to its eloquent rhetoric. Pat has taken pains to document his arduous path so that others may avoid some pitfalls and we all may gain ground where ever we are fighting the imposition of environmentally and economically damaging, unfair and fundamentally illegal energy policies.
LSARC.ca is happy to have Pat in our corner and congratulate him on the fact that the UNECE has ruled that the manner in which the EU is implementing its renewable energy programme (20% renewable energy by 2020) is not in compliance with the Aarhus Convention.
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