“Atom is a dead horse.” Scholz: Germany will not return to nuclear power

Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected calls from the FDP coalition party to stop the demolition of decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Olaf Scholz explained on Deutschlandfunk radio that nuclear energy in Germany is “a dead horse from which there is no point in continuing”. He recalled that the process of withdrawal from the nuclear power plant has already been legally completed.

Meanwhile, the liberal FDP party (which forms the government together with the SPD and the Greens) demanded from the head of government on Friday that the decommissioning of three nuclear power plants, which can still be restarted, be halted for the time being. “Nuclear power is over. It will never be used in Germany again, Scholz said. – The facts are that with the end of the use of nuclear energy, the demolition of the power plant also began – he added.

The German Chancellor emphasizes that she plans for Germany to obtain 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of this decade. Wind, solar, water and biomass energy are being developed for this purpose. “And that’s the path we’re on right now,” he said.

Olaf Scholz added that the construction of one power plant also entails huge costs and a long wait. It would take fifteen years and cost between €15 and €20 billion.

BMW CEO: China will mainly benefit from the ban on the sale of combustion engine cars

Meanwhile, the Berlin government’s “ecological revolution” is having a negative effect on the country’s economy. BMW CEO Oliver Zipse criticizes plans to ban the sale of combustion cars. According to him, China in particular will benefit from the switch to electric energy.

“I believe that the political commitment to phase out internal combustion engine cars is simply ill-conceived,” Zipse told the German economic newspaper Handelsblatt. With that he was commenting on the ban on the production of combustion cars, which the European Union wants to introduce from 2035.

The head of BMW recalled that Europe lacks the raw materials needed to produce electric cars, which the EU wants to rely on. These are lithium and cobalt. This means that in order to switch to electricity, our continent will have to become even more dependent on China. The entrepreneur thinks this could have consequences for the threat of ‘political blackmail’ from Beijing.

At the same time, as the Business Insider portal points out, the popularity of electric cars in Germany has been growing at a very fast pace recently. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million of them in this country, and 618,000 were registered in 2022.

Source: Do Rzeczy