Althusmann insists on continued use of nuclear power

Hanover (dpa / lni) – The CDU top candidate for the Lower Saxony state elections, Bernd Althusmann, insists on further use of German nuclear power. “I consider it negligent to switch off the three nuclear power plants that are still online during this crisis,” said Althusmann in an interview with Ippen Media. “In the current crisis situation, where every kilowatt hour counts, we must continue to use nuclear power for two or three years. Anything else would be irresponsible,” emphasized Lower Saxony’s Economics Minister.

According to the plans of Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens), two nuclear power plants in southern Germany will remain as emergency reserves. However, the Emsland nuclear power plant is to be shut down as planned at the end of the year.

Althusmann said in the interview: “The state elections in Lower Saxony will also be a vote on extending the nuclear power service life in Germany – and thus also on the Emsland nuclear power plant. And yes, I would let the nuclear power plant in Lingen continue to run.” It is the youngest of the three remaining nuclear power plants, which together provide a secure power supply for the equivalent of ten million people. It is absurd to want to have floating oil power plants on the north German coast instead.

The Lower Saxony Greens, on the other hand, are in favor of shutting down the plant in Lingen. Lead candidate Julia Willie Hamburg recently spoke of the “unbelievable risks” of nuclear power. “The difference between Lingen and the two nuclear power plants in southern Germany is that we have electricity from renewable energies in Lower Saxony ,” Hamburg recently told the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung”.

A new state parliament will be elected in Lower Saxony on October 9th. The CDU top candidate is currently behind Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) in the polls. Despite the dispute over nuclear energy, Althusmann still believes the formation of a black-green coalition in Hanover is possible. The Greens are a “party with respectable ideas” and despite all the difficulties there are also many common intersections, he told Ippen Media.

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