“No bans on thinking at all” – Schwesig for debate about longer nuclear power plant runtimes
The debate about nuclear power is ongoing: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuel Schwesig can imagine a temporary extension of the lifetime. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer goes even further and advocates continued operation indefinitely.
Dhe Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), has spoken out in favor of seriously examining an extension of nuclear power plant runtimes. “It has to be discussed whether this is possible,” she told the WELT news channel. “I think that in such a situation there shouldn’t be any bans on thinking at all.”
Schwesig rejects an indefinite extension of the term, as demanded by the Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU): “Indefinitely? That will certainly not find much agreement with many, because there were also good reasons to get out.” Schwesig considers the return to coal-fired power generation to be a sensible interim solution: “This is now the right step, in any case to continue to use the coal-fired power plants”. , she said.
Kretschmer spoke in the “Handelsblatt” for an indefinite extension of the service life of nuclear power plants. “As long as the federal government has not developed a new concept for the energy transition, the nuclear power plants must continue to run,” said Kretschmer.
The deputy CDU chairman declared the energy transition a failure. “We have reached a point where the base load capacity of the energy has reached its limits,” Kretschmer told the newspaper. “The energy transition with gas as the base load has failed.”
Last winter already showed that production from renewable energies is often not enough. Weather-independent electricity production is therefore essential. From the Prime Minister’s point of view, there is no alternative simply to generate more electricity from wind and sun.
The exploding gas and electricity prices are now “a threat” for the business location. “We need a base load capability. To fire up lignite-fired power plants is madness,” said Kretschmer, referring to their CO₂ balance.
Other politicians from the Union and FDP are also calling for longer nuclear power plant runtimes in order to bridge possible short-term power shortages in the winter in the wake of the Ukraine war. Above all, the Greens, who co-govern in the traffic light, have a hard time with the topic. They justify this by saying that nuclear power would do little to reduce the consumption of gas in power generation.
Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) is now having the security of the power supply checked under even more stringent conditions in another stress test.
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