James Nix, master’s in real estate, barrister, and unsuccessful candidate for the Green Party, has a piece in the Village: “Incinerating money: the economics of Poolbeg”.
The summary is interesting: An overwhelming success story of private sector dynamism in recycling is set to be undone by an oversized incinerator at Poolbeg – at massive cost to Dublin’s businesses. This was told to me in confidence, but it is good to see it confirmed in print. IWMA is not against incineration. Rather, they know they cannot compete. Nix champions the local companies who are fighting to maintain their grip on an undersupplied market.
Nix claims (as are others) that the Poolbeg incinerator is vertically integrated with waste collection. It is not. The incinerator will burn waste from any collector.
Michael Smith, Village editor, has a companion piece: “The Poolbeg incinerator: an essay in cynical lobbying”, in which he argues that Minister “Gormley has faced an insidious onslaught from multiple quarters” — a cabinet member victimised by the powers that be.
This was published yesterday. Smith write: “[t]he most blatantly inaccurate presumption was that emissions from the Poolbeg incinerator would be included under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. This resulted in a significant underestimate of the costs of the facility.” This is disingenuous. After inclusion of CO2 emissions, incineration externalities are still far below the Eunomia estimates.
Smith also writes that “John Gormley is […] sitting on the foreshore licence” something that the Minister has repeatedly denied (see latest example).