Debate about extension of service life: Green boss: nuclear power has no future

Should the remaining three German nuclear power plants remain connected to the grid in winter? Green leader Nouripour does not want to rule that out.

Debate about extension of service life: Green boss: nuclear power has no future

Should the remaining three German nuclear power plants remain connected to the grid in winter? Green leader Nouripour does not want to rule that out. The call for it from the Union is getting louder and louder. But Nouripour also makes it clear: In his eyes, nuclear energy is not a technology of the future.

Green leader Omid Nouripour sees no future for nuclear power. "The talk about re-entry, about nuclear power as an alleged future technology, is a fairy tale debate," said the party co-chairman. He referred to France, where many nuclear power plants are currently not in operation, which is justified by maintenance.

"If Markus Söder had pushed the expansion of wind energy and power lines more consistently, the power supply in Bavaria would also be more secure," Nouripour noted, referring to the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader. The future belongs to renewable energies. In the controversial question of the continued operation of the remaining three German nuclear power plants, the Green leader referred to the ongoing stress test, the results of which one wants to wait for. "And then we decide based on the facts, as before." With the stress test, the federal government is examining the security of the power supply with a view to the coming winter.

Meanwhile, the head of the CSU state group, Alexander Dobrindt, called on the federal government to make a quick decision to extend the lifetime of German nuclear power plants. "Instead of continuing to waste valuable time, the federal government must decide as quickly as possible to continue operating the nuclear power plants, order the fuel and make the power plants that were last shut down operational again," said Dobrindt. "The traffic light must finally move away from its notion of any moral energy and towards organization of reason energy."

Dobrindt sharply criticized Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck from the Greens: "It is a serious mistake to stick to the nuclear phase-out. With his ideological stubbornness, Habeck is provoking a blackout in Germany because he wants to take the nuclear power plants off the grid in a phase of the greatest energy shortage."

Green leader Nouripour conceded that the use of coal for electricity production, which the federal government wants to promote in order to save gas, is difficult from a climate policy point of view. However, it is obvious that this is necessary in the short term. "At the same time, we have to stick to our climate protection goals more than ever, as this summer shows very clearly, with catastrophic droughts and forest fires in many European countries and also here in Germany." That is why the expansion of renewable energies is being accelerated like never before. "But we need a year or two to free ourselves from our dependence on Russian fossil fuels."

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