There is a risk that the state will take over itself




Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), with Robert Habeck (r, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, and Dietmar Woidke, (SPD), Prime Minister of Brandenburg at the press conference at noon
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Not only is there a lot of money at stake in rushing out of dangerous dependency on Russian oil, gas and coal. Do Scholz and Habeck have enough overview of the interactions of their plans?

SQuickly, the state takes over control of the energy supply during the crisis. After Gazprom Germania, the federal government is also removing the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt from the harmful influence of its owners, Putin's governors. Appointing a trustee avoids the provocation of expropriation, which would also be legally sensitive.

At the same time, the traffic light prepares the further stabilization of large, struggling gas importers. The federal government could soon hold majorities in Uniper and VNG. These are commitments with high financial risks for taxpayers, since fossil fuel business models have fewer and fewer market opportunities with a view to the necessary climate protection.

All the threads come together at Chancellor and Habeck

Not only is there a lot of money at stake in rushing out of dangerous dependency on Russian oil, gas and coal. Unfortunately, the reversal of the liberal, private and competitive elements of the energy market regime can also be observed.

Anyone who shares the view of the left that energy supply should always be in the public domain now has the opportunity to monitor the control qualities of the state. All the threads come together with Chancellor Scholz and Energy Minister Habeck. Do they have enough overview of the interactions of their plans? The bickering over nuclear power and the gas surcharge raises doubts.

The traffic light is measured by whether it manages to provide heat and electricity that is reliable and, at least in the medium term, competitive in price. This is a must in order to secure the business location, not just the structurally weak Uckermark. As an employer, PCK is the “heart and backbone,” warns Prime Minister Woidke. The mood is gloomy, the promised billion in the future is little consolation.



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