On Twitter, Green politician Oliver Krischer took Armin Laschet’s climate policy into court. At the request of Merkur.de, the minister countered just as violently.
Düsseldorf – Ironically, in Armin Laschet’s homeland North Rhine-Westphalia, the federal election campaign threatens to turn into an open mud battle. The occasion is the topic of climate policy. A tweet written in harsh words by the Green parliamentary group vice-president Oliver Krischer on the subject provoked Laschet’s building minister Ina Schnarrenbach (CDU) to an equally harsh counterattack. Upon request from Merkur.de* she explained: “Resentment, inconsiderate, excessive, neurotic, freezing cold = GREEN 2021. Mr. Krischer has lost all measure and center in the democratic debate. We are waiting for an apology ”.
Laschet’s government and the Greens at odds: wind energy slowed down? Dispute escalates
The background to the dispute: The NRW state government passed a new climate protection law on Thursday, July 1, 2021. The black and yellow state government reports to Prime Minister and Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet *. The law is intended to make NRW climate-neutral as early as 2045 and reduce emissions by at least 65 percent by 2030. Nonetheless, critics warn that the minimum distance of 1000 meters between wind turbines and residential complexes was set at the same time.
Many therefore see the new law as slowing down the expansion of wind energy, because the minimum distances reduce the available space for wind energy. They also criticize the fact that it prevents the renewal of existing wind turbines that do not comply with the minimum distance. Krischer had attacked Laschet in this regard in a tweet.
Laschet in the climate crossfire of the Greens: Ministry rejects allegations
The Ministry of Economics in Düsseldorf referred to this Merkur.de * Position – and rejected the allegations: “The state government has set itself ambitious goals with the energy supply strategy and is aiming for strong growth in renewable energies by 2030: The installed capacity for wind is to increase from 5.4 gigawatts in 2018 to 10, 5 gigawatts will be almost doubled. “
When it comes to the expansion of renewable energies, North Rhine-Westphalia takes top positions in Germany-wide comparison, emphasized the department: “Despite suboptimal location conditions and very dense settlement, North Rhine-Westphalia leads the 2020 country ranking with around 317 MW of newly installed gross output.” Similar dispute over wind power and distance rules recently also existed in Bavaria – there the Greens harshly criticized CSU boss Markus Söder *.
Green politician Oliver Kirchner criticizes Laschet’s climate policy – and rows back
Green politician Krischer sees the situation differently: “Laschet’s policy costs human lives,” tweeted the recently. In his tweet, he made a damning verdict on the CDU chief’s climate policy. His accusation: Laschet wrote climate protection on the flag in the run-up to the federal election, but harmed his own federal state “because he has his hands deep in his pockets when it comes to climate protection”. This is what Krischer said at the request of Merkur.de. The tweet met with massive resistance, especially from the CDU and FDP, including Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), who declared the attack “below the belt” and also demanded an apology.
Britta Haßelmann, parliamentary manager of the Greens * parliamentary group, also commented on the law passed by the CDU and FDP. When it comes to climate protection, you cannot allow yourself to be slowed down, she tweeted. Instead of a “blanket distance regulation”, she advocated priority areas for wind on two percent of the area, simplified procedures for planning and permits and early involvement of citizens.
In the meantime, Vice-President of the Greens, Oliver Krischer, spoke up again – and responded to the wave of outrage: “Sorry, dear #CDUCSU, we have to talk about the fact that neglecting climate protection policies like in NRW leads to the destruction of livelihoods worldwide. But it is completely far from me to assume that Armin Laschet is personally responsible for specific events. “ (aka) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.