Polish parliamentarians plan to lease German nuclear power plants
A proposal by Polish left-wing parliamentarians aimed at avoiding the closure of German nuclear power plants has been welcomed by most of the country’s opposition parties.
During a meeting of the European Affairs Committee of the Polish Parliament on Thursday 21 July, a project to rent German nuclear power plants, whose closure is scheduled soon, was discussed, Germany pursuing a goal of total closure of its nuclear power plants set in 2000.
The initiators of the project are deputies from the leftist Lewica Razem party. The party has made headlines in recent days claiming that the German government misled its citizens by telling them that keeping nuclear reactors in operation was impossible, due in part to fuel supply difficulties.
“In 2022, the closure of low-carbon power plants is a climate crime. We must fight so that nuclear power plants are not closed”said Paulina Matysiak, MP for Lewica Razem.
“If Germany’s nuclear power plants were not shut down, Germany’s greenhouse gas emission reductions would be 30% higher. The closure of nuclear power plants in 2021 only caused a 4.5% increase in greenhouse gas emissions”Climate Minister Piotr Dziadzio said at the meeting.
“We are aware that this is a difficult request. But to present it in the public space is to make public the absurdity of the situation unfolding in Germany”said Maciej Konieczny, deputy of the Lewica Razem party.
Although the idea of renting out Germany’s nuclear power plants seems difficult to implement in practice, climate experts point out that preventing their total closure would be very important for climate and European energy policy.
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