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To the displeasure of environmentalists, Germany reopens a series


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Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday expressed regret over Germany’s decision to start 16 fossil fuel-fired power plants in a state of preservation and extend the operating license for another 11 plants, according to the AP. Scholz ruled out extending the life of the three remaining nuclear power plants in Germany beyond this year, arguing that this would not solve Germany’s energy needs.

“The fact that, due to Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine, we now have to temporarily use some of the power plants we had already shut down is bitter,” he said. “But it’s only for a very short time.”

Scholz insisted that Germany remains committed to ending greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, earlier than any heavily industrialized nation, and mentioned a recent package of measures approved by parliament to boost energy implementation. renewable.

“We want to do everything we can to fight the climate crisis,” he said, according to RFI.

But environmentalists say the government could do much more, including imposing a general speed limit and restricting domestic flights to save fuel. Climate activists have also recently blocked major roads in and around Berlin in protest of plans for new oil and gas projects in the North Sea.