While the price hike was expected and the seriousness was well known. There is some query as to how it is envisaged the economy will not suffer?? The search for alternative energy forms and sources will radically escalate but it will not stop the negative effect on every aspect of life on the island of Ireland.
Could this have been avoided? Most likely not. The only way that peoples habits are changed and conditioning is altered is through price .
Pubs ahve been affected for years with the escalation of price lowering the foot fall and this was well documented before the pandemic.
Electric cars and vans etc will have some effect but the price again is a disincentive and especially as there is NO return for the exchequer.
Public Transport will gain traffic but the historic behaviour has always been a negative and indeed was the main reason for growth of private car ownership .
Time will tell