SPD leader Lars Klingbeil and Secretary General Kevin Kühnert are cautiously optimistic about the winter.Image: imago images/Mike Schmid / imago images
Germany is afraid of the gas bottleneck. Added to this are higher gas and energy prices and the gas surcharge. Citizens will have to save. The SPD top politicians Lars Klingbeil and Kevin Kühnert also know that. In their Instagram live stream “K-Frage” they talked about relief for the population on Monday evening. And showed optimism that Germany could soon become independent of Russian gas.
Klingbeil even set a specific period of time.
The opportunity lies in renewable energies and in the liquid gas terminals that are currently being built in the North Sea. Klingbeil is convinced that companies will settle where energy is produced: in the north.
It could also be that Bavaria would then be supplied with routes from Lower Saxony. A dig at Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who recently called for the possibility of fracking in Lower Saxony to be examined. In the fracking process, the ground is broken up at high pressure in order to extract gas. It is extremely polluting and therefore controversial.
The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil (SPD), reacted accordingly negatively to this proposal.
The fracking debate isn’t over yet, but at least the gas storage facilities are sufficiently full to get through the winter. However, Kühnert makes it clear: “Even at the end of winter we still need 20 to 30 percent to prepare for the next winter.”
Because, as Klingbeil explains: “We’re talking about one and a half to two years, then we’ll be out of the dependency.” The Ministry of Economic Affairs assesses the situation in a similar way. In the third Energy Independence Progress Report stands:
“Independence from Russian gas can be largely achieved in a joint effort by the summer of 2024. This requires diversification, savings, the faster ramp-up of hydrogen and the massive expansion of renewables.”
In the conversation, both are also open to the stretching operation of nuclear power plants. At least if the current stress test were to fail accordingly. So if it came out that Germany could have a power problem. They didn’t want to know anything about demands like those of the former Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU). Scheuer had called for the construction of new nuclear power plants on Twitter.
My formula is 3️⃣ + 3️⃣ + 3️⃣: 3 #AKW need to run longer, 3 need to be reactivated and 3 need to be rebuilt. The turning point does not mean continuing like this, but new paths! #technology openness to avoid bottlenecks and price records.https://t.co/pEdp6R2DAW
— Andreas Scheuer (@andreasscheuer) August 27, 2022
It is important that the third relief package comes now. Klingbeil makes it clear that this should cushion the burdens on citizens for a longer period of time. In contrast to the first two packages, which were primarily intended to bring short-term relief. However, it is also possible that in the future short-term immediate measures will continue to be needed in addition to long-term measures.
The traffic light argues – that’s not new. A number of issues lead to a clinch among the coalition partners. The new bogeyman: Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). He has to face a lot of criticism because of his controversial gas levy – also from the ranks of the traffic lights. Even from within his own party. The spokeswoman for the Green Youth (GJ), Sarah-Lee Heinrich, jumped to the Vice Chancellor’s side with clear words.
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