In view of the economic downturn caused by the Corona crisis, the CDU economic council has called for a review of the climate requirements. After the end of the pandemic, “in principle all special burdens on the German economy would have to be put to the test, which would stand in the way of a recovery,” said Secretary General of the Council, Wolfgang Steiger, of the “Suddeutsche Zeitung”.
A special path in climate and energy policy threatens “de-industrialization” in Germany, Steiger warned in the newspaper. He also advocated a “timely extension of the climate policy targets” at EU level.
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (CDU), on the other hand, called for the climate protection goals to be pursued despite the crisis. The goal must be to combine “climate protection and economic prosperity” after the Corona crisis, she told the Suddeutsche Zeitung.
This is possible “if we also use the way out of the Corona crisis to promote climate-friendly and sustainable economic structures”.
Greenpeace hopes for changes
Greenpeace chief Jennifer Morgan expressed in the newspaper the hope that after the experience of the corona crisis, politics “will also begin to listen to the scientists and implement their recommendations in the climate crisis.” The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the current economic system and there is now an opportunity to change things fundamentally, Morgan said.
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