Altmaier warns of polarization in the sustainability debate

Peter Altmaier, about dts
Peter Altmaier, about dts
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) calls for a climate consensus that combines economic interests and climate protection.

"Sustainability means recognizing that resources are finite," said Altmaier on Thursday in the Bundestag. But if you handle them carefully, you can potentially use them over and over again for an indefinite period of time.

The sustainability debate includes the willingness to “see things from both sides,” said Altmaier. One must consider the limited resources of the planet, at the same time, however, that politics is obliged to guarantee people a "decent" life. The economy and climate protection are "Siamese twins". Above all, the main focus must be that the industry does not migrate from Germany and the EU. "Every ton of steel that is not produced in Germany but somewhere else outside of Europe pollutes the world climate with more CO2 than if it is produced in Europe." One must protect the interests of the economy, because this is the only way to achieve a climate-neutral future, said the Minister of Economic Affairs.