Scholz prepares citizens for high prices and years of energy shortages

About ten million households are currently supplied with electricity through the last three nuclear power plants still in operation. As the energy crisis worsened, it seemed absurd to turn them off at the end of the year, in the middle of winter. But the federal government wants to stick with the exit and shutdown of the previous Merkel government. In the Bundestag, not only the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party, but the FDP collectively rejected the corresponding proposals from the CDU/CSU and AfD.

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Now, just four days later, the deputy leader of the FDP parliamentary group Lucas Koehler comes with a request to speak at Globalismyou have to “do everything to get through the winter well. This also includes an ideological-free discussion about whether we need to expand the nuclear power plants that are still operating this winter. It’s not a panacea, but in case of shortage, gas should be Available for home and industrial heating.”

Economy Minister Robert Habeck always talks about a “terrifying scenario” in dramatic words. But the continued operation of nuclear power plants remains a taboo for the Greens. His ministry and the environment ministry of his party friend Steffi Lemke advise against extending the life of nuclear power plants. “A small contribution to the energy supply would counter major economic, legal and safety risks,” the ministries said in an audit report. The three operators of the power stations are also allegedly refusing to continue operating.

Since gas turbine power plants are also used to generate electricity, but are no longer used for this purpose due to gas shortage, the intention is to start operating coal-fired power plants which have been closed. But if you reactivate coal power generation, you need the corresponding emissions certificates in order to “compensate” for carbon dioxide emissions, so to speak, money which in turn is added to electricity prices.

But this is the case with ideology. It is possible that the parties to the Red and Green Peace would not have any remaining usable areas if they also agreed to extend the life of nuclear power plants. However, in the current situation, closing nuclear power plants at the end of the year is not a conscientious energy policy, but rather absurd, irresponsible and dangerous.

Instead, Chancellor Olaf Schultz assumes that “actions” will also be necessary after next winter. Scholz not only prepares citizens for high prices, but also for years of lack of energy. “We won’t be able to support all the prices,” Schulz asserts.

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A week ago, he emphasized in a recent letter that the federal government had already made many decisions within a short period of time so that Germany would be well prepared “for shortages, for example when it comes to gas”. According to Schultz, ensuring the power supply is not a task that takes weeks, but years. The pace of the transition to renewable energy sources is unprecedented in Germany.

A postponement is also discussed, i.e. a contractually or statutory agreed postponement of gas and electricity outages. Environment Minister Lemke wants to protect citizens from such a ban, “in the event that price guarantees are not met by suppliers,” reports Handelsblatt.

Then there is the initiative of Federal Economy Minister Habeck, who has spoken out against government restrictions on gas prices. High price increases are considered an “external shock” and cannot be fully absorbed by the state. “The country will have to bear this one way or another,” Habek was quoted as saying. According to Habek, setting a price cap would be a false signal from an economic point of view: “Putting a price cap would send a signal for a scarce commodity: energy is not valuable, get what you want from it.”

There is no problem in the market for gas supplies, since high prices have “sucked up” a lot of gas to Europe, according to Habek. “It’s a physical problem, the gas has to get there.” Germany does not yet have an LNG terminal. “Of course we have to get more,” Habek said. Winter will also be challenging for private consumers. Apparently, Habeck is still expecting massive price increases in the four-digit range. However, the federal government will ensure that the burden of rising gas prices is distributed “fairly.” He did not disclose how to do this.

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