Germany’s economy minister is resisting calls to phase out coal-fired power in the same manner as nuclear power was dispensed with following Fukushima.
“I will not call for a commission to deal with a coal exit,” Sigmar Gabriel told a conference of some 1,400 delegates mostly representing power utilities.
“My proposal would be for one to deal with the question how we create a modernisation shift in our macroeconomy out of the need to protect the climate.”
Gabriel said an overarching discussion linking social issues and economic growth with the aim of developing Energiewende policy was preferable, adding “We cannot reduce all that to the coal question.”
Although coal is in decline government would need to create alternative business opportunities to safeguard jobs and tax revenue in affected areas, he said.
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