Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder has reiterated his call for an earlier coal exit in Germany.
In his government statement in the Bavarian state parliament in Munich, the CSU chairman called on Wednesday to consider an exit as early as 2030 after the federal election.
"I think 2038 is not only unambitious, but also economically pointless," said Söder.
"Renewable energies must have right of way."
With a package of measures, Söder wants to make Bavaria climate-neutral by 2040, and by 2030 the emission of climate-damaging gases should be 65 percent below the 1990 level.
"It's about our footprint in history," said Söder.
This generation is the last who can do something about climate change.
"We all have to get out of the comfort zone."
According to Söders, the most recent flood disasters in Germany are evidence of ongoing climate change.
"We are on the threshold of epochal changes," said the CSU boss.
For years it has been too warm and dry in Bavaria.
"Bavaria is in a climate of stress." The storms are clear warning and wake-up calls.
The climate is changing rapidly - not just anywhere in the world, but in the middle of Bavaria and Germany, emphasized Söder.
“Either we understand and act” or the consequences are incalculable.
"Anyone who denies climate change is sinning against the next generation."
Söder wants high water TÜV
Söder defended the previous efforts in climate protection - Bavaria in particular was doing well compared to the federal states, but he also emphasized: "We can and must do more." Söder also explicitly mentioned wind power, which was decided in the Free State because of the CSU Legislation has been thwarted for years.
The prime minister admitted that the rules for keeping wind turbines away from inhabited areas ("10H") hindered the expansion of wind power.
"10H is not a turbo for the wind."
Söder now wants to work with exceptions and install wind turbines in the state forest or on military training areas.
500 wind turbines could be built in the state's own forests alone;
There are currently 1133 in Bavaria. Solar systems on house roofs are to be subsidized twice as much in the Free State as before.
"We are sending a clear signal for photovoltaics," said the CSU chairman.
According to Söder's will, the flood risks are to be assessed by an independent body in the future.
“We need a mandatory high-water Tüv.” According to the latest experience, it is clear that the protection concepts need to be deepened and considered more long-term.
The Hochwasser-Tüv must assess how a municipality is protected against flooding and, if necessary, make a recommendation for further measures, said Söder.
At the moment, 75 percent of the flood protection is being funded by the Free State, but the funds have not yet been drawn up sufficiently.
Smaller bodies of water and towns in particular should be brought into focus when it comes to flood protection.
At the same time, the water in Bavaria is also a cause for concern because the rainfall in many places is no longer sufficient.
Therefore, a more economical use of water must also be the goal of future climate policy.