Agreement at the climate conference!
Renewable energy is expected to triple. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (65 years old) considered the decision “the beginning of the post-fossil era.”
US climate envoy John Kerry (80 years old) said in the plenary session of the conference that in times of wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, “multilateralism” set the course for the “common good.”
However, the agreement also includes references to “transitional energies” such as natural gas and carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies, which environmental organizations criticize as a backdoor to delaying the energy transition.
“It was worth it,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told Bild newspaper. “For the first time, the world has agreed to move away from gas, oil and coal.”
But: Germany relies on gas as a bridge technology! And: The phase-out of coal in 2030 is currently at high risk.
background: Countries such as the European Union have not been able to move forward with their demand to anchor the global exit from all fossil fuels with the word “phasing out” in the face of bitter resistance from petro-states such as Saudi Arabia.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that “the era of fossil fuels must end.” There is certainly a “transition” coming – with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Countries such as the United States of America have also welcomed the agreement, while small island states particularly threatened by climate change have declared the need to take more far-reaching steps.
Nuclear power ramp-up is in the final declaration
Nuclear energy must play a central role in climate protection around the world – after Germany just withdrew!
At the beginning of the conference, 22 countries (including the USA, Great Britain, France and Japan) concluded a nuclear agreement, and now the intended “acceleration” of the expansion of the nuclear power plant was included in the final declaration of the conference!
But even the traffic lights are divided!
“I am sure that nuclear energy will also play a role in Germany,” Christian Dohr, leader of the FDP parliamentary group, told BILD. We must focus on modern and safe reactors.”
This allows for “climate-friendly and baseload electricity generation, which complements renewable energies in our electricity mix.”
But the Green Foreign Ministry remains stubborn.
The federal government does not share this assessment: it is a small group of states that “apparently still see a future” in nuclear energy, the minister’s spokeswoman Annalena Baerbock told BILD magazine.
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