German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) announces support for the Heating Act. (Symbolic image) © Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa/Christian Ohde/imago/Montage
Four citizens ask the Chancellor their questions about the Heating Act. It promises help with investments.
Munich – The Ukraine war, the sluggish start to the energy transition and the increased cost of living: In the crises of its time in government, the traffic light coalition has been at a low in the polls for months - this is shown by the figures of the RTL/ntv trend barometer. So these are not easy days for Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Most Germans are not satisfied with his work. This is exactly what presenter Pinar Atalay addresses the Federal Chancellor right at the beginning of the RTL programme "At the Table with Olaf Scholz".
Scholz is relaxed. "I am quite sure that the SPD will do well, as it did in the last federal election," he replies. But it's not just the presenter who asks him pressing questions. Four citizens are also guests of the programme and demand answers. And they also concern the much-debated heating law, which met with great rejection among the population and the opposition.
Chancellor Scholz on RTL: Heating Act becomes an issue
The controversial draft law by Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) provides for only the installation of heating systems that are powered by at least 2024 percent renewable energies to be allowed from 65. Oil and gas heating systems are then to be replaced by heat pumps, solar systems, infrared heating systems or wood and pellet stoves. The planned regulations were "completely out of touch with reality," was the prompt criticism from the business side.
The draft had stirred up fears among the population. Who will incur what costs for a conversion of the heating system, what support the Germans can count on from the state and what options are even possible for the individual case - all this unsettled homeowners. Even speculation about a party-tactical maneuver arose when the FDP vehemently rejected the draft.
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Heating law: Scholz promises subsidies for investments at RTL
With regard to the Heating Act, Federal Chancellor Scholz is now stressing that the government will ensure that prices for citizens do not rise immeasurably. "We will give subsidies for the investments that have been made there, so that the prices associated with the investment do not have an impact," Scholz said in the program "RTL Direkt Spezial".
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However, it is also important for Germany to prepare for the future, in which the prices of oil, gas and coal will rise: "Because of the changes, there will certainly be rising prices, and we as a country are better off not only because of the climate, but also because of prices, if we rely on the various possibilities to do things differently. A very important of these, for example, is district heating," said Scholz. (na)