Ricarda Lang shoots against Markus Söder and Bavarian energy policy

Ricarda Lang (Greens) criticizes the proposal to let nuclear power plants run longer. Image: IMAGO / Chris Emil Janssen

Navid Moshgbar

The energy crisis has fueled the debate about the three remaining German nuclear power plants (AKW). Actually, they should be switched off at the end of the year – that would be the one from the then Chancellor Angela Merkel decided nuclear phase-out completed. With concerns about power shortages, some politicians – especially from the Union – brought an extension of the term into play.

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder wants to keep the three remaining nuclear power plants running.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder wants to keep the three remaining nuclear power plants running.Image: IMAGO / Sven Simon

Söder for an extension, Habeck with a compromise proposal

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has put himself at the forefront of the advocates of a nuclear power plant revival. The Meiler Isar 2 is one of the three running power plants in its federal state. The other two are in Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony. The plan to temporarily continue operation is controversial, especially among politicians and supporters of the Greens.

This is giving Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck a headache. He had made a compromise proposal: keep the power plants ready, but only start them up when they were actually needed. His party leader Ricarda Lang now joins the debate. She unexpectedly gets argumentation help from the operator of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant.

Green boss contradicts Söder

Accordingly, the power plants could not be kept running in an uncomplicated manner. Lang refers to a report by the “FAZ” according to which the operator of the Isar 2 power plant has doubts about an extension of the power plant’s service life.

Lang writes on Twitter that Markus Söder has repeatedly claimed “that the continued operation of Isar 2 is possible without any problems”. According to the report, however, the operator of this power plant admits that the plant first has to be made fit for this.

grist to the mills of the extension critics.

The leader of the Greens follows up and tells the Bavarian Prime Minister: “Söder has not expanded wind power and the electricity grids in Bavaria.” In doing so, she indicates that she is partly responsible for the supply situation in terms of energy.

Green leader draws devastating verdict: “Problem for energy supply”

Because: The Bavarian Wind Power Act has inhibited the expansion of wind energy in the state. For example, the regulation kept wind turbines at a distance in front of towns.

According to critics, Bavarian energy policy is problematic from two points of view: from the point of view of the power supply and from climate protection aspects. Ricarda Lang draws a devastating conclusion: “The Bavarian state government is a problem for the energy supply.”

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