In the ARD election arena, a young citizen made Armin Laschet violent climate accusations.
The candidate for chancellor defends himself.
Berlin - Armin Laschet answered questions from viewers and citizens on Wednesday evening in the ARD “Wahlarena”.
According to the current polls for the federal election, the Union's candidate for chancellor has some catching up to do and had to ask himself some unpleasant questions on the show.
Including that of a climate activist from Hamburg, as a result of which a brief heated discussion developed.
Armin Laschet's climate policy a “catastrophe”?
Schoolgirl attacks K candidates violently
Before she asked her actual question, the 15-year-old student called Armin Laschet's climate policy in recent years a “catastrophe” and then made violent accusations against Laschet.
She speaks of “blatantly wrong decisions and scandals” and is “angry” that Laschet answered a previously posed climate question with good decisions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The CDU would still block the expansion of renewable energies - in NRW, for example, through the wind turbine distance regulations.
In addition, the Hambach Forest was "illegally" cleared under Laschet's government and he had a new coal-fired power plant connected to the grid in 2020.
Although the “Fridays for future” activist admits that no party can live up to their demands on their election manifesto, she says: “You and the CDU have failed particularly badly”.
Now comes the real question about the allegations: What would Laschet's immediate measures be in terms of climate policy?
Laschet tackled hard in ARD “Wahlarena”: He stretches far back and then becomes clear
Armin Laschet answers a climate activist in the ARD “Wahlarena”.
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Despite the violent allegations, Laschet remains calm and then takes off.
The NRW predecessor government made up of the SPD and the Greens decided that lignite should be mined by 2045.
The coal-fired power station had also been decided by the predecessors and this government had also decided to clear the Hambach Forest.
Then the student interrupts loudly and can also be heard without a microphone: She didn't ask about that.
Laschet remains calm again and says: He'll probably still be able to answer.
He is interrupted again - the moderator also intervenes.
When a student on the ARD interrupts again - it comes out of Laschet: "No, stop it"
When the student interrupts again, the ARD broadcast from Laschet says: “No, stop it!
You are a climate activist and have just made three allegations, although I may briefly reply that all three were wrong. "
He then declares again that his government "saved" the Hambach Forest - the predecessors wanted to clear it.
In addition, he had negotiated the coal exit, which is now coming.
“And now we're switching off bit by bit.
Nobody has done that before ”.
Then Laschet directs the word to the student and says: “Now you will say: This is going too slowly for me.
But at least it starts ”.
One must now continue in this direction, said the candidate for chancellor.
You have to change the form of energy, expand renewable electricity and rebuild the industry.
Laschet sees this as the "biggest chunk" and says: "If we succeed in becoming a climate-neutral industrial country while preserving jobs, then we will have achieved a lot".
But the question about the immediate measures is of course still not answered directly, complains the student.
Laschet says: Above all, one must be quicker in the decisions and act partly across parties.
You need faster planning and approval procedures: "It all takes far too long".
He cites the railway as an example.
If you want to fly less, you have to expand the railway.
But this also has to be expanded in Germany and this sometimes takes 25 years.
It is similar with the power lines.
He wanted to tackle this as soon as possible after the election, if he was given the chance.
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