Economy minister wants bipartisan climate compromise

Peter Altmaier, about dts
Peter Altmaier, about dts
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) is planning a cross-party offensive on climate protection.

"I want a historical compromise, a charter for saving the climate and maintaining our economic strength," Altmaier told the "Spiegel". “This agreement should be accepted by all parties in the political center in the Bundestag, that is, the CDU, CSU, SPD, Greens and FDP. This is the only way to ensure that the strategy will survive the legislative periods and future crises. "

Germany must "now use the opportunity to make the transformation process towards a climate-neutral society irreversible by 2050 at the latest," said Altmaier, who promised to support the economy in its climate protection efforts. "The more we tackle the achievement of the climate goals, the more we have to support the economy, especially the SME sector, but also the other actors, in the necessary transformation and give them planning security," he said. “Because this task will also turn the economy upside down and change the political landscape for decades. Many in this country have not even understood that. ”The Minister of Economic Affairs wants to present a strategy with 20 proposals this Friday. Among other things, the minister's plan provides for concrete annual CO2 savings targets instead of just setting targets for the distant future, as was previously the case. “I realize that the process I am proposing will not be easy,” said Altmaier. “We'll have to do a lot of persuading. Nevertheless, I am sure that a social contract for climate protection and prosperity would have an enormous, liberating effect: For many people, a consensus among the Democrats would be confirmation that the measures are necessary and feasible. "