German Parliament Approves Phase-Out of Coal Use
Both houses of the German parliament have approved a proposal to end the use of coal energy. That should happen in the next eighteen years.
“The era of fossil fuels is coming to an end with this decision,” said Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier.
Germany is a major consumer of coal. There, about a third of the energy is extracted, much more than in neighbouring France.
The government is allocating € 40 billion to support regions that are economically highly dependent on the coal industry.
The opposition is critical of the new legislation. Party leader Annalena Baerbock of the Green party Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen wants the use of coal to stop before 2030.
Lorenz Gösta Beutin from the left party Die Linke spoke about a “black day” for the climate.