Industry Day Showing the Chancellor candidate
Status: 06/22/2021 6:12 p.m.
How can the climate change succeed and Germany be preserved as an industrial location? The Chancellor candidates gave outlooks at the Industry Day. In the end there was nothing more than friendly applause.
From Eva Ellermann, ARD capital studio
German industry is worried: climate neutrality by 2045 – how should Germany, a country of industry, export and innovation, achieve that?
The head of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), Siegfried Russwurm, fears that new climate protection goals and specifications will overwhelm the industry: “Just to raise the bar, although athletes and coaches don’t yet know how to cope with the lower ones – that is not a successful training strategy. And to do that as a trainer, and certainly not to talk to the athlete about it beforehand. ”
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Merkel’s last day of industry
Chancellor Angela Merkel does not find it difficult to commit to Germany as an industrial location, but she warns that self-evident things have to be worked out over and over again.
It is her last appearance at an Industry Day and she uses it to make demands on the hosts on the way to climate neutrality: “We urgently need – we should work with the BDI – a forecast for electricity demand in 2030. The Assumptions that the electricity price will not increase are probably not sustainable. Then we need a plan that requires more line construction than we have planned today, “said Merkel.
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For them, lower CO2 emissions mean higher costs and increasing investments.
SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz shares the Chancellor’s diagnosis and uses it to attack Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. He assumes constant electricity consumption until 2030 – Scholz adds: “Let me say it loud and clear: the electricity lie.”
Scholz presents himself as a doer. He promises the industry that electricity will remain affordable for them. “That is why we will abolish the EEG surcharge by 2025 and reorganize the taxes and surcharges in the energy sector,” said Scholz. “My goal is an industrial electricity price of four cents.”
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Laschet: no tax increases
Competitor Armin Laschet is not that specific. The Union chancellor candidate shows understanding for the concerns of the industry. “My idea is that in 20 years’ time we will still have a steel industry, still have a chemical industry, another automotive industry – then climate-neutral,” says Laschet. “But if you do not formulate this goal at the beginning, but just keep increasing guidelines and limit values, issuing bans, you will in the end gamble away the status of the industrialized country.”
The “Corona Method” with regulations down to the smallest detail does not fit the future. Laschet promises: less maneuvering and no tax increases.
There is no getting around climate neutrality, emphasized Annalena Baerbock. Image: dpa
Of course, Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock knows that this is her address too, but she emphasizes that there is no getting around the goal of climate neutrality: “Whether you like it or not – the competition is about who will be the markets of the future first achieved climate-neutral, in the future it will also have the edge in terms of economy and thus socio-political. ” The course must now be set for a social and climate-friendly market economy, said Baerbock. All three candidates for Chancellor appear a bit nervous at their show in front of the most important German business association. At the end of the day there is friendly applause for everyone, but no more at the German Industry Day
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