Climate protection debate in the Federal Council: Habeck wants to “join forces” with countries

Status: December 17, 2021 4:40 p.m.

The new Vice Chancellor and Climate Protection Minister Habeck has contributed to the debate on the EU Climate Pact in the Federal Council. Not only in the coal phase-out – a hot topic for some countries – he campaigned for “joining forces”.

By Jim-Bob Nickschas, ARD capital studio

The first speech by Robert Habeck as the new Vice Chancellor in the Federal Council begins a few minutes late – the previous speaker from Saxony went too far, for which there was rebuke from the session president. For Habeck, this was a great opportunity: “I gave my last speech here in 2018 and you were allowed to talk for as long as you wanted.” So reform and change need not always lead to deterioration.

Jim-Bob Nickschas
ARD capital studio

And finally, change is what the Länderkammer is all about today: The Federal Council discussed the EU climate protection program “Fit for 55”. This contains numerous measures with which the emission of harmful greenhouse gases is to be reduced by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990.

A faster pace of CO2 savings is required

And there is not much time left until then, calculates the new Minister for Climate Protection and Economy:

Germany has reduced its CO2 emissions by 40 percent in the last 30 years – 30 years, 40 percent. The grand coalition recently decided that we have to reduce emissions to 65 percent by 2030. In a purely logical way, this results in the speed and necessity that we are now facing.

Now everyone should pull together – not just the various EU states, but also the federal states and the new traffic light government in Berlin. It won’t be that easy, as the topic of the coal phase-out shows: The traffic light wants to bring it forward from 2038 to 2030.

If coal is phased out, “the federal government must deliver”

Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff from the CDU is not exactly enthusiastic: “We must not gamble away the trust in the coal regions.” Just as the nuclear phase-out is legally stipulated by the end of 2022, this also applies to the coal phase-out in 2038. “If the coalition agreement says that we can ideally do it by 2030, the federal government must deliver accordingly.”

This is exactly what Habeck is promising in the Federal Council today: planning and approval procedures should become significantly faster so that Germany can rebuild its industry and thus achieve its climate targets.

Bundling up your strength instead of arm wrestling

But Habeck also demands something from the federal states: “It is more often the case that an arm wrestling takes place between the federal government and the federal states. I do not hope that it will be an arm wrestling, but rather a bundling of forces and we pull the same lever.”

Pulling on the same lever instead of playing arm wrestling – the next few months will show how especially the CDU-led countries are working together with the new traffic light government and vice versa – Reiner Haseloff promises: “If the arm lengths are the same in the sense of the Lever Act , so what we have to do is organized together on an equal footing – then we will succeed. “

Habeck’s premiere in the Federal Council – an end to arm wrestling?

Jim-Bob Nickschas, ARD Berlin, December 17, 2021 3:48 p.m.

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