1 mar 2022 2:52 p.m

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock suddenly advocates a later phase-out of coal. This is “nothing compared to what people in Ukraine have to experience,” said Baerbock. At the same time, the aim is to switch completely to renewable energies by 2035.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) believes that a later phase-out of coal in Germany is possible in view of possible bottlenecks in the energy supply due to the conflict with Russia. The Greens politician answered on Sunday evening in the ZDF-Broadcast maybrit illner special to the question of whether the Greens are now postponing the exit from coal would have to:

“Yes, that’s the price we’re paying for Mr. Putin’s war.”

“Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine” will “also have a price for us here, economically, financially,” announced Baerbock. Then she added:

“But it is right that we pay this price.”

But that price is nothing compared to what is going on in Ukraine at the moment. Earlier on Sunday, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) had not ruled out longer running times for coal and nuclear power plants in Germany.

In addition, a forced complete conversion of electricity generation to renewable energies is planned, as the State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Franziska Brantner (Greens), said on Tuesday Deutschlandfunk stressed.

Brantner responded to an article in the FAZby doing reported that electricity in Germany should come “almost entirely from renewable energies” by 2035 instead of by 2050, with the words:

“We have now put the first draft laws for the Easter package in the departmental vote, and yes, we are planning a real national effort to advance renewables more quickly, to get them on the ground.”

Brantner further said:

“It’s not just a question of climate protection, but really of safety, so we have to give everything.”

With a view to the announced massive investments of 100 billion euros of tax money in the Bundeswehr, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs said: “We decided together that we need greater efforts for our security, for defense, but also for energy security.”

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