Lignite power plant in Lusatia
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Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff warns of a power shortage in the event of an exit from coal in 2030. "An early coal exit is currently unthinkable unless we buy nuclear power from France, as Belgium is already doing, and coal power from Poland," said the CDU Politicians from the dpa news agency.
Haseloff was open to importing nuclear power: “If we've made the money with which we buy nuclear power, why not? That is perfectly legitimate. We have to stop thinking in black and white if we want to achieve the climate goals. "
It has so far been decided that Germany will phase out coal extraction and burning by 2038 at the latest.
However, the Greens are urging the federal government to bring this forward to 2030 in the planned traffic light coalition.
“It is time for Mr. Haselhoff to finally get to grips with reality.
In order to achieve the climate protection goals, the grand coalition and with it its CDU have already decided to phase out coal in 2030, "said the Greens' parliamentary deputy in the Bundestag, Oliver Krischer.
"This is an opportunity for Germany to finally set the pace again and become a pioneer in the expansion of renewable energies."
Do we still need the coal?
From Haseloff's point of view, however, the expansion of renewable energies and the power grids planned as a replacement is paralyzing.
"Within the framework of Germany's current planning law, an early energy turnaround is not realistic and the 1.5-degree target is also endangered," he said.
"The procedures for public participation, legal action and nature conservation audits must be significantly shortened."
Haseloff also expressed fundamental doubts as to whether the sun, wind and the like can secure the supply.
"We still need the coal because the grids cannot be stabilized through renewable energies alone," he said.
"We need a third of base-load-capable energy that balances out the volatile feed-in from wind energy and photovoltaics." He also called gas-fired power plants for this.
According to Krischer, nuclear power is not a solution.
This is "not only dangerous, it is unaffordable." In contrast to Germany, France has had a huge supply problem for years and only renewable electricity from Germany has saved the country from even worse problems.
»In 2030, our European neighbors will not have any surplus nuclear power that Germany can then import.
Given the high investment risks, no country is currently planning to build export capacities.
Also because it is clear to everyone that there is a sure way that Germany will develop alternatives to coal from 2030, "said the Green politician.
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