In the debate on the climate protection package of the Federal Government, the CDU defends itself against criticism from the Greens. Party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on the Greens not only to reject the climate protection concept of the grand coalition, but to present "concrete proposals". "What exactly the Greens want and how expensive their plans are, there must now be answers on the table so that we can enter the subject debate," demanded Kramp-Karrenbauer in the New Osnabrücker Zeitung . "Only to say, that's not enough, just not enough." Similarly on Monday also Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) had expressed.
Kramp-Karrenbauer had already campaigned before the coalition agreement to bring together all sides in the topic and to strive for a national climate consensus. Everyone must take responsibility, including the Greens, she said.
The chairperson defended the entry price agreed by the coalition for the 2021 emissions trading, which is 10 euros per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) and which the Greens believe is too low. The CO2 price per tonne directly increases the price of gasoline and heating oil. "Because it hits the citizens very directly, we go down low," she explained. The Greens, on the other hand, talked less about prices than more about prohibitions. "They are just as far as the prohibition party," criticized the CDU chief and defense minister.
The CDU Economic Council called on the grand coalition not to untangle the climate package and to leave the CO2 price at the planned 10 euros as a starting point. They rely on the market mechanism, which must be emphasized even more, said the President of the Association, Astrid Hamker the German Press Agency. "At the same time, we must prevent excessive burdens on business and citizens."
In principle, her organization is satisfied with the cornerstones of the climate package, Hamker said. "But of course we also know it's a challenge." Because "if suddenly the fuel costs 30, 40 cents more, then it hurts." It does not therefore understand that the Greens opposed an increase in the commuter allowance. People who had to commute would be "dramatically disadvantaged". Not always and everywhere is a suitable infrastructure as an alternative to the car available.
Majority finds climate package inadequate
According to a recently published ZDF political barometer, a majority (53 percent) of people in Germany find the climate package inadequate. Higher fuel prices but only a few want to take. When asked about CO2 pricing, only about one-third of respondents are willing to pay more for diesel and gasoline.
The leaders of the grand coalition had agreed on 20 September on the billion-dollar package with which Germany wants to achieve its binding climate targets for 2030. The central element is CO2 pricing.
However, the planned CO2 price for heating and traffic will not be enough in the coming years to finance all of the government's climate protection projects. The Ministry of Finance expects revenues of 18.8 billion euros by 2023, which would cover just over one third of the total cost of the planned climate package of 54.4 billion euros. For this reason, the government does not only want to use the new CO2 price for financing, but also other money from the existing CO2 allowance trading for the energy industry and parts of the industry as well as reserves from the previous Energy and Climate Fund.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) does not want to make new debts in the coming year for climate protection either. His financing plans should be decided this Wednesday in the Cabinet. Whether the topic is on the agenda was uncertain late on Tuesday evening.