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No new debt: Rehberg: The state has to make do with climate protection with money


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Dusseldorf (AP) - The budgetary spokesman for the Union's parliamentary group, Eckhardt Rehberg, rejects new debt to finance further climate protection measures.

"In the end, we want to have an overall concept that will make it possible to finance the new climate protection projects without giving up the black zero," said the CDU politician of the "Rheinische Post". "That's a question of the right priorities. Savings elsewhere should not be taboo. "Rehberg added," We can not play the black zero and the green zero against each other. The state has to get along with the existing tax money. »

Several candidates for the SPD party chairmanship had recently demanded, with a view to more climate protection, a departure from the principle of black zero and thus the task of a balanced federal budget.

The so-called Climate Cabinet will decide on 20 September new plans of the Federal Government for the legal implementation of the climate goals until 2030. The government wants to save at least 55 percent of the greenhouse gas CO2 by then compared to 1990 - currently lags behind Germany. The Ministers of the Environment, Construction, Agriculture, Transport, Business and Finance and the Chancellery are represented in the Climate Cabinet.

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pleaded for promoting climate protection through tax reform. "The existing total building of fees, levies, levies and taxes in the energy sector must be fundamentally rebuilt," she said in a guest contribution for the "Welt am Sonntag", which she authored together with Union Fraction vice Andreas Jung. In this, both are in favor of a scrapping premium for oil heating - and for the inclusion of sustainable development as a state goal in the Basic Law. Both emphasized that sustainability included black zero, but also "green zero in the sense of climate neutrality".

In the evening Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke in favor of a climate protection concept «with innovation, with optimism». "In recent weeks and months, we've heard a lot about climate protection over bans, about restrictions," she said. "We have a different approach." Her party wanted a concept "that takes people with them, which makes them part of the solution, so to speak". The CDU is currently working on a climate protection concept, and on 16 September it wants to say goodbye.

The candidate for the SPD presidency, Michael Roth, warned that climate protection must become the engine of tomorrow's economy. He said to the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Monday): "We want to create new scope in times of historically low interest rates. This helps our children and grandchildren much more than leaving their money on the road. Each year, in which we refrain from necessary investments, in particular for climate protection, future generations are very expensive. "As concrete measures, he proposed, among other things, the complete cancellation of VAT on train tickets and free Bahncards for commuters, the development of bike paths and massive investments in public transport. In addition, intra-German flights should be taxed higher.

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) had announced on Sunday to tackle a ban on plastic bags. In addition, with the proliferation of rainforest clearing in Brazil, her ministry plans to halt the promotion of forest conservation and biodiversity conservation projects in the country.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) called for a "tree premium" to be introduced in the fight against CO2. "The forest is not just a recreation area, but also removes CO2 from the air. He is the most important climate protector, »Laschet told the« Bild am Sonntag ». Therefore, municipalities or private owners who reforest or receive forest should receive a premium that could be funded through the planned CO2 price.

Source: zeit

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