“Lusatia cannot save the world’s climate”
Helmar Rendez, head of Lusatian energy company Leag, is opposed to phasing out lignite-fired power production to protect the climate, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. “We need to let go of the illusion that Lusatia can save the world’s climate while China and India construct vast capacities of coal plants,” Rendez argued. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent remarks on a possible coal exit do not worry the energy manager since Merkel did not specify a possible exit year. Leag’s plan for the eastern German lignite mining region Lusatia included another 25 to 30 years of coal power, Rendez said. However, he conceded that building new coal plants would not be considered by anyone in the country.
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