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20 Aug 2018

Merkel makes “huge mistake” regarding coal exit – Green Party co-head


German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a “huge mistake“ when she argues that the question of ending coal-fired power generation should only be dealt with after ensuring the economic future of the affected workers, Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told Barbara Schmidt-Mattern in an interview for Deutschlandfunk. The climate crisis does not wait and “we intensify [it] with every tonne of CO₂ we emit,” said Baerbock. Germany needs to quickly take coal-fired power plants off the grid, she said.

Find the interview in German here.

For background, read CLEW’s “Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out” and the factsheet Germany’s coal exit commission.

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