In the climate protection debate, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer goes on the offensive with new proposals. "The existing total building of fees, assessments, levies and taxes in the energy sector must be fundamentally rebuilt," wrote Kramp-Karrenbauer and Union Group Vice Andreas Jung in a guest contribution for the Welt am Sonntag . The goal is no longer government revenues, but better climate protection. "We do not have too little tax, we have too little control."
It should also provide relief for citizens and businesses and climate-friendly incentives, including a scrapping premium for oil heating and a massive expansion of public transport. "Before further stress, a relief offensive must be started," wrote Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jung. In addition, they joined the initiative of CSU leader Markus Söder for a constitutional amendment: sustainability should be included as a state goal in the constitution. This would make it possible to commit the commitments to sustainable policies in all areas.
Sticking to the black zero
Sustainability "includes the 'black zero' as a contribution to generational justice as well as the 'green zero' in the sense of climate neutrality," said the two CDU politicians. Several SPD politicians had recently called for a departure from the principle of black zero in order to have more money available for climate-friendly investments. Jung, together with Union Fraction Vice-President Georg Nüßlein of the CSU, is leading a Climate Coordination Group, which will prepare the basis for climate protection legislation for the Union by September.
On 20 September, the federal government wants to pass a package on climate protection, with which the climate targets for 2030 are to be achieved. According to this, Germany should emit 55 percent less greenhouse gases than in 1990. The last round of the climate cabinet at the end of July had come to an end without concrete decisions.
Criticism from FDP to scrapping
The governing parties agree on the goals, but not on the way there. Above all a carbon tax, which advocates under other environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD), or an extension of the emissions trading, to which above all Union politicians tend, are discussed. At the same time, the CDU is under pressure for climate protection to sharpen its profile.
The parliamentary executive director of the FDP parliamentary group, Marco Buschmann, criticized the proposal for a scrapping premium for oil heating systems. Germany had made bad experiences with such premiums, said Buschmann the newspapers of the spark media group. "For cars, for example, were not stimulated additional investment, but only preferred anyway planned."