Gas shortage: the Bavarian Prime Minister fears a “freezing winter”
The German government is not sufficiently prepared for a phase-out of Russian gas and there could be shortages this winter, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder said on Monday (July 4).
“A huge energy emergency is to be feared, a sort of gas triage, which will affect millions of jobs”said Mr. Söder, who is also the leader of the Bavarian Conservatives (CSU), in an interview with the Welt television channel on Monday (July 4).
By “gas sorting”it is necessary to understand a situation in which there would not be enough gas for all households and all economic sectors, which means that certain industrial sectors would have to reduce their production. “We risk having a freezing winter”he warned.
Mr Söder criticized the German government for not securing alternative energy sources quickly enough, adding that there is a risk that Russia will deprive Germany of its gas supplies ” step by step “.
“Other countries are faster”he underlined, citing Italy which has already concluded gas agreements with Qatar.
Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom recently began cutting gas flows to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, prompting Berlin to raise its gas supply advisory to “alert level”. gas.
Along with finding new sources of gas, Söder also called for keeping nuclear power plants running longer than planned, while blaming the Greens for wanting to give up nuclear power “for ideological reasons”.
German Energy Minister, environmentalist Robert Habeck, had recently confirmed his position of not wanting to extend the life of nuclear power plants.
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