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Criticism of climate protection package: "The Greens should not overestimate their position"


The GroKo strategy for CO2 reduction provides for dispute. Greens leaders want to tighten agreements on the Federal Council - Minister of Economic Affairs Altmaier holds against.

This Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will present the climate change package of the Grand Coalition at the climate summit of the UN in New York - at home in Germany, the discussions continue. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier emphasized readiness to talk in the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe, but at the same time warned the Greens against overconfidence. "The Greens have no majority in the Bundesrat, so they should not overestimate their position, otherwise they endanger the climate package."

The Greens are currently involved in nine state governments, depending on the outcome of the coalition efforts in Brandenburg and Saxony could be eleven. Just like many scientists and experts, they consider the climate protection package to be too brief and want to achieve more through the Federal Council. This had emphasized leaders of the party on the weekend.

"We will try to get the maximum for climate and thus for the future of Germany," said Green Party chief Robert Habeck on Sunday in the ARD. His co-chairman Annalena Baerbock had previously expressed similar. "We will seize every opportunity to get more from the few more climate protection," she told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" (FAS).

The federal government's concept for CO2 pricing in the transport and heating sectors is the main source of criticism. Here, leading German scientists had entry rates of 35 to 50 euros per tonne and then demanded rapid growth. However, the federal government plans only a starting price of ten euros and a relatively slow increase up to 35 euros in 2025.

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The head of the Greens parliamentary group, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, told the "Tagesspiegel am Sonntag" that the federal government can not prove credible that the planned measures, the climate targets of 2030 can be achieved. She announced that in the Federal Council, the Greens would not block "meaningful measures" such as the expansion of the charging infrastructure.

The head of the Federal Environment Agency, Maria Krautzberger, doubts the effectiveness of the climate package decided by the German government to achieve the climate targets for 2030th There should be "significantly more offers to promote climate-friendly transport" as provided in the package, said Krautzberger the "Süddeutsche Zeitung ". According to this, Krautzberger expects "no steering effect" from the CO2 pricing planned in the climate protection package of the Federal Government.

Hundreds of thousands had demonstrated on Friday in Germany for more climate protection. However, many people are annoyed by the appearance of the Friday for future movement, said Deputy FDP Chairman Wolfgang Kubicki of the "world". He accused the climate protection movement too rigidly: "The rigorism of the climate movement will eventually lead to conflicts that are no longer peaceful, but in case of doubt violent." That only talked about climate protection and other issues would be neglected, he considered dangerous.

  • A commentary on this position and similar attacks on the "Fridays for Future" movement can be found here.)

Source: spiegel

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