The nuclear power plant debate: When asked about extending the lifespan of Habeck, he is avoiding a straightforward answer
In the debate on extending the lifetime of nuclear power plants, Economy Minister Robert Habeck avoided making an unequivocal statement. Asked if this would not be the case, the Green politician dodged and instead attacked CSU chief Markus Söder.
In the debate on the possible expansion of nuclear power plants, Minister of Economy Robert Habeck (the Greens) complained about the lack of objectivity and insufficient risk awareness. “First, nuclear power is a high-risk technology, and some of the statements are just too funny for me. And I lack objectivity in the discussion, ”he told the German editorial network (RND). The fact is, there is a problem with the gas, not with the electricity. “This ‘Let it work, then everything will be fine’ has nothing to do with the cuts in safety standards we would have to accept, nor is it appropriate to the situation.”
When asked to extend the deadline, Habeck avoids answering unequivocally
When asked if he would experience an extension of his life span, he cautiously formulated: “For me, the risk-benefit analysis is decisive. It is striking, however, that it is those who drummed the loudest for the longer life of nuclear power plants who previously delayed the expansion of electricity grids and wind power for many years of nuclear reactors after 2022. “Incidentally, Markus Söder’s position on nuclear energy would be much more credible if he were also willing to look for a nuclear waste repository throughout Germany – including Bavaria.”
Habeck also noted that the commissioning of coal-fired power plants was “extremely painful” on his part. He said to RND: “I would be happy if all those who demand something from us under the slogan” no ideology “deal with reality for themselves. This would increase their credibility in the debate. “
Habeck urges companies to save energy: “It would be disastrous until 11pm.”
At the same time, Habeck asked companies with office space to help save energy. “It would be disastrous to heat offices by 11pm and destroy entire industries at the same time,” Habeck told the German editorial office. At the same time, he assured: “Of course, private households and critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, old people’s homes, and nursing homes, are particularly protected.”
Referring to the ongoing energy saving efforts in municipalities that adapt bathrooms and air conditioning, the minister added: “We should also think whether it makes no sense to spend Christmas or Easter where it works and where production is not continued, by organizing holidays company to turn off the heating systems when most people are on vacation anyway. ” You cannot afford to heat entire office buildings to more than 20 degrees when there are only three people inside.
Habeck also called for a change to the current practice of heating public buildings. “In many public buildings, full room temperature is ensured from 06:00 to 23:00. A little less would also be tolerated in the off-peak hours. ” From the economy to cities, states and federal government to consumers, the gravity of the situation has arrived, and everyone is frantically thinking about saving money. that you can survive the winter to some extent.
Industry in front of private households? Habeck takes a clear stance on the sensations
Habeck denied the impression that he had made such statements that, in a shortage of gas, he wanted to give priority to gas at the expense of private households in the industry. “What I noticed is the frivolity with which people sometimes say, well, let’s shut the industry down. This ignores the fact that the economy provides jobs, income and everyday goods. ‘ Habeck explained: “Private households are particularly well protected and will continue to receive energy.”
Due to the huge increase in gas prices, Habeck believes that further relief for middle and low incomes is inevitable. “Even high-income people swallow when they suddenly have to pay 4,500 euros a year for heating instead of 1,500,” said the minister of the German editorial network. For people with middle or low incomes, these sums are simply not representable. The federal government must organize help here, also in 2023.
Habeck has delegated responsibility to Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). He said, “I’m sure the Finance Ministry will make provisions for this. We have a political task there. ” Habeck does not mean any other support services similar to the tank discount. “With the tank discount, we saw that, as far as we know, the tax cut was not fully transferred. It seems to me that it is more focused on supporting people directly, explained the minister. He criticized the tank discount: “At least it didn’t work as it should.”
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