Nuclear Power Plant’s Runtime Extension – and Bringing It to the Speed ​​Limit

Nuclear Power Plant's Runtime Extension – and Bringing It to the Speed ​​Limit
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Nuclear Power Plant’s Runtime Extension – and Bringing It to the Speed ​​Limit

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Given the impending gas shortage next winter, not a day goes by without new savings tips. From low heat to controversy over nuclear and coal-fired electricity, everything is on the table. Even the speed limit is being debated again.

Traffic light parties retreat into their respective trenches over issues of speed limits and nuclear power plant runtime extensions. The time has come for an alliance deal. Because both are important for the security of the supply.

nNor can it be predicted how bad it will be. One thing is clear: the signs of autumn and winter point to a crisis. When in doubt, no one will be able to avoid the lack of gas. Politically, it is now a matter of preventing as much damage as possible from Germany. Everyone has to contribute, private individuals as well as politics and business.

But instead of setting a good example, traffic light parties and their social camps fall back into their respective trenches when it comes to speed limits and nuclear power plant runtime extensions. And they accuse themselves of a single fact: they cling to old principles for purely ideological reasons!

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Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubiki (FDP) writes,

The result: almost unbearable exchange of always the same arguments. A speed limit not only increases road safety, but also saves energy, says eco-friendly. On the other hand, the liberal camp warns against undermining freedom – after all, freedom also means being able to make unfair decisions.

When it comes to nuclear power, on the other hand, the pro-argument is that the extension of the service life will reduce reliance on gas, which is also used to generate electricity in Germany. The opposite answer should be expected: nuclear waste and safety concerns.

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Robert Habeck, Minister of Economics, and Steffi Lemke, Minister of Nuclear Security (both Greens)

Time is running out, and Germany is making no progress when it comes to the question of how to mitigate the potential consequences of a gas shortage. Instead, the Greens and the FDP in particular revolve around one question: how should they teach their supporters that they are giving up on the core position that they identify with?

The answer would be such a simple and obvious solution: being able to declare success in return. So how about this: The Greens get the speed limit and the Liberals get a lifetime extension of nuclear power plants in return. Two advantages to the security of supply, plus a desirable side effect – the government is showing how cooperation works.

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Dagmar Rosenfeld, Editor-in-Chief WELT AM SONNTAG

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