Coal phase-out: Braun warns against not keeping promises

The executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU), has warned against breaking his word on the coal phase-out.

Berlin – Braun said on Friday in the Federal Council that if “additional ambitions” that would be needed are implemented in the future, one thing must be thought of – namely that politicians have made many promises to those who are particularly affected by structural change. “We shouldn’t break our word, especially not where the critical attitude towards the state is already very pronounced,” said Braun. “In this respect, it is also about social cohesion.”

Braun’s statements are aimed primarily at the coal fields in the eastern German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, in which the AfD had a large number of votes in the federal elections.

A coal phase-out is planned by 2038 at the latest. The new North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) recently said that his country would be ready to phase out coal as early as 2030.

The SPD, Greens and FDP, which are currently in coalition negotiations, agreed in their exploratory paper that the coal phase-out “ideally” should be brought forward to 2030. That requires a massive expansion of renewable energies and the construction of modern gas-fired power plants. With regard to structural change, the three parties made it clear that the regions affected could continue to count on solidarity-based support. Measures would be brought forward or accelerated: “Nobody will fall into the mountain free”. (dpa)

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