Kretschmer wants to keep the nuclear reactor connected to the grid for years to come
Should the remaining German nuclear power plants be operated much longer? In view of the energy crisis, this question is being asked more and more frequently. Saxony's Prime Minister takes a position.
Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer considers the energy crisis with extremely high gas and electricity prices, a significant extension of the nuclear lifetime is necessary.
"If we look at the period of time for the search for a repository, it is not decisive whether the German nuclear power plants Stay online for 5, 10 or 15 years longer," said the deputy CDU chairman to the newspapers of the "Funke Mediengruppe". "By that I don't just mean the three remaining reactors, but all those that can be reactivated. We cannot afford ideology in the current situation. "
Discussion about remaining nuclear power plants
Since Russia has been delivering less gas to Germany as part of its war of aggression against Ukraine, there has been discussion about longer operation of the three remaining nuclear power plants in Germany. Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) plans to keep two power plants operational until mid-April in the event of bottlenecks: Isar 2 (Bavaria) and Neckarwestheim (Baden-Württemberg). After the former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) decided to phase out nuclear power, all German nuclear power plants should actually be taken off the grid by the end of the year.
Kretschmer said it was about a "new energy transition". A commission of experts must be set up for this. "Of course we have to become climate-neutral. So far, gas was planned as a bridging technology. It probably won't work that way, so we need a new way together," he said, referring to the gas shortage as a result of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. Nuclear power is a CO2-free form of energy. The piles would have to remain online "as long as we need them".
Kretschmer: Sanctions have contributed to the shortage situation
"We are currently experiencing that we cannot do without Russian gas. Our sanctions also caused this shortage," Kretschmer continued. In this "extreme energy emergency" everyone would have to work together to get gas prices down again.
"We have to take all measures to do this. It's about gas from Qatar, the development of gas wells in Germany and, in due course, Russian gas again," said the CDU politician. "It must be our goal after the end of the attack on the Ukraine to get gas from Russia again." The current gas price is ruining German industry.