Dobrindt: Discard plans for switching off nuclear power plants in the spring
The former transport minister sees the use of nuclear energy as an opportunity for Germany – and believes that shutting down the reactors will turn out to be “a big mistake”.
CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt has asked the traffic light coalition to forego the planned shutdown of the three remaining nuclear power plants in mid-April.
“The stability of the energy supply in Germany is not permanently secured. Nuclear energy would be able to make a significant positive contribution to this,” said the chairman of the CSU deputies in the Bundestag in a conversation with the German Press Agency in Berlin. He added: “Turning off nuclear power in Germany will soon become apparent as a big mistake.”
After a word of power from Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), the federal government decided that the three remaining nuclear power plants should continue to operate until April 15th. After that, the use of nuclear power should be over.
It’s not just about this winter, but also about the next winter, said Dobrindt. “I believe in a renaissance of nuclear energy in Europe – and German companies will also participate.” However, this will happen with power plants that are built in neighboring European countries. “It would make more sense for us to keep our own capacities on the market. That’s why this traffic light error with the announcement that the three power plants that are still running must be reversed quickly,” demanded the CSU politician. The necessary fuel rods would have to be ordered immediately.