Germany: How coal affects the new coalition

Germany: How coal affects the new coalition

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The Greens have requested the abolishment of all coal production by 2030 while the Liberals favor its continued use

One of the most delicate problems of the next coalition of the German government will be the country's exit from coal. The Greens have demanded that 20 power plants are to be closed by 2020, and that coal is to be completely abolished by 2030. "Coal exit is a key issue for us," said politician Annalena Baerbock. On the contrary, the Liberal Democrats are in favor of the continued use of such power stations. It is a difficult problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel, because by 2020, greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 40 per cent compared with the 1990s: with only three years until the deadline, there is still a 10 percent reduction left to achieve. Coal lobbies opposed the former Economy Minister, Social Democrats Sigmar Gabriel’s (SPD) project to introduce a climate fee. However, all parties are in favor of the energy transition. The Greens also press for the use of electric cars. Everyone is in favor of respecting the Paris Climate Agreement. It would be a great opportunity for the parties to agree on this topic.