CDU/CSU Parliamentary Groups Want to Examine Prolonged Nuclear Phase-Out Scenario

The leadership of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Democrats (CSU) have asked the government to examine a nuclear phase-out scenario according to which nuclear power plants can be operated for up to 28 years longer than provided by the Atomic Energy Act.

The current end date for the phase out is 2022. The new scenario would move the deadline to 2050, as suggested by Jürgen Großmann, CEO of RWE AG.

The parliamentary secretary of the CDU parliamentary group, Peter Altmaier (CDU), Hans-Peter Friedrich, head of the group of members of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) in the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the spokesperson of environmental issues of the coalition partner, the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), Michael Kauch, emphasised that the proposal to examine the new scenario did not constitute a preliminary decision.

The proposal shows the rift within the CDU party. CDU Environmental Minister Norbert Röttgen has repeatedly called for a limited extension of nuclear power of only up to 8 years.

The Green Party and the League for the Environment and Nature Conservation, Germany (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland – BUND) have voiced strong criticism in regard to the new scenario. A nuclear power extension would hamper the modernisation of the energy supply in Germany, BUND said. The head of the parliamentary group of the Greens, Jürgen Trittin, announced to participate in anti-nuclear power demonstrations in April. The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) made a similar announcement in the recent past.

Source: Spiegel Online

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