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"Sunday sermons" of the Union: SPD Group accuses Union inaction for climate protection


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Berlin (dpa) - The SPD in the Bundestag accuses CDU and CSU, their words to protect the climate no action to follow.

"We can no longer afford to preach climate protection on Sunday and block the concrete implementation in the week," said SPD parliamentary vice Matthias Miersch the German Press Agency. For example, the Climate Protection Bill presented by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) was flatly rejected. Miersch called on the ministers of the CDU and CSU to "end cherry-picking and finally come forward with effective proposals for a coherent and effective overall concept".

In just over a month - on 20 September - the so-called Climate Cabinet of the Federal Government wants to decide on a package of measures so that Germany can comply with national and international binding climate targets. Specifically, the debate is primarily about a price for CO2 that will increase the price of climate-damaging greenhouse gases in traffic and heating. In return, however, citizens should be relieved.

Controversial is between the Union and the SPD, how exactly a carbon pricing can look like. SPD Minister of the Environment Schulze had proposed a tax on climate-damaging carbon dioxide as an increase in energy taxes for diesel, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas. The Union favors national trade in emission allowances for transport and heating.

At the weekend, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had, inter alia, proposed a scrapping premium for old oil heating and again called for a "national climate consensus". There are also demands from the Union for the conversion of the motor vehicle tax and a stronger commitment to reforestation in Germany.

Ex-Environment Minister Klaus Töpfer (CDU) called for a reform of the tax system according to ecological principles. "The entire energy tax system has evolved over time largely to the climate. This has to change urgently, "said the longtime chief of the UN environmental program of the" Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ". He reminded that investment in green energy has led to high electricity taxes - although green electricity is the carrier of climate policy. "The taxes paid on electricity must go down and others increase accordingly," he demanded.

Kramp-Karrenbauer had proposed over the weekend, the climate protection via a tax reform to advance. Among other things, she suggested a scrapping premium for oil heating systems. At present there is still a state subsidy for particularly efficient oil heating systems.

The development bank KfW had promoted their installation last year with 574 million euros, said a bank spokeswoman for the "Rheinische Post" (Tuesday). With 47,117 grant commitments, the heating package is the "clear front runner" among the structural individual measures for which the promotional bank grants investment subsidies or loans. According to the newspaper, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) also promotes climate-friendly heating systems with high subsidies of up to 15,000 euros, which can be combined with the KfW aid.

Source: zeit

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