Bundescancer Olaf Scholz spoke out clearly against a speed limit on motorways. “This government did not agree to that. That’s why it doesn’t happen,” said the SPD politician on Sunday on ARD. Green politicians had previously called for such a speed limit again, but Federal Minister of Finance and FDP leader Christian Lindner had rejected it.
Under pressure from the liberals, the coalition agreement between the traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP states: “There will be no general speed limit.” However, due to the Russian attack on Ukraine, more and more voices are being heard calling for such a speed limit to prevent this To protect the climate and, thanks to savings in fuel consumption, to become independent of Russian oil more quickly.
When asked about possible personal measures in the fight against climate change, the Chancellor said: “That’s a question that always makes me a little uncomfortable.” Of course, he could say that he made sure that his electricity supplier supplied him with CO2-neutral electricity . But the truth for him as chancellor is that his carbon footprint is “terrible”. Scholz referred, among other things, to flights all over the world in government aircraft and the summit marathon of the past few days. “And I think you shouldn’t beat around the bush and pretend that you’re really someone who is very exemplary when it comes to CO2 emissions.”
Scholz is defending the targeted gas supply contracts with Qatar. It is right to conduct negotiations with the Gulf state, he says on ARD. “If we want to diversify, we need many suppliers – including this country,” adds the SPD politician with a view to the planned exit from Russian gas supplies. Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) had held talks in Qatar. The emirate is one of the world’s largest LNG producers. The state on the Persian Gulf is accused of human rights violations.
Scholz also said that the three-month nine-euro ticket for public transport would not be extended. With the relief, however, 90 percent of small and medium-sized income earners would be relieved of the additional costs caused by high energy prices.