Thuringia: controversy in red-red-green on nuclear power plants

Erfurt (dpa/th) - Thuringia's red-red-green minority government is divided in its stance on the further use of nuclear power plants and fossil fuels.

Thuringia: controversy in red-red-green on nuclear power plants

Erfurt (dpa/th) - Thuringia's red-red-green minority government is divided in its stance on the further use of nuclear power plants and fossil fuels. While Economics Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD) considers it necessary, Energy Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) rejects it. "My colleague Tiefensee is reaching for the apparently obvious solution. Leaving everything as it is - we are living in new times," said Siegesmund on Monday in Erfurt. Coal could not be transported via river routes when it was dry, and cooling would become more difficult for nuclear power plants. Thuringia must now save energy, promote efficiency and expand renewable energies, according to Siegesmund.

"We simply cannot afford the luxury of differentiating between 'good' and 'bad' energy at the moment," Tiefensee said on Sunday. Everything must be done to prevent an energy shortage. There shouldn't be any bans on thinking. A shutdown of power plants that are running and could help to overcome the energy crisis should "actually be ruled out in the current situation - regardless of which energy sources are used there," Tiefensee explained.

Criticism of the attitude of the SPD politician also came from the state parliamentary group of the Greens. MP Laura Wahl referred, among other things, to the safety risk of nuclear technology - "especially since the regular safety checks were no longer carried out due to the imminent end of operations on December 31st of this year". She demands from the governing coalition a concept based on the model of Hesse with specifications for energy saving in the state administration.

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