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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! The eternal campaign of the Greens against the automobile has reached a new high point.

(Laughter at BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

If the car cannot be banned in general, then the streets have to believe in it now, and driving is not possible without streets;

(Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Since there isn’t a single street in Germany either!)

very simple calculation from you from the Greens.

For the Greens, the car is apparently the root of all evil. For us and for many commuters, it is the core of our prosperity. Driving is an absolute necessity for millions of commuters every day. The streets mean participation and prosperity for millions of citizens in our country. And, let’s not forget, car manufacturing secures jobs for thousands of people. I can say with a clear conscience: today’s cars are the safest and cleanest cars we have ever had.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

With the road construction moratorium you have called for, you are questioning all of that. Individual mobility is not a privilege that the Greens can simply take away from people, but a fundamental right that we must resolutely defend. Instead of debating a construction freeze, we should talk about moving the expansion forward even faster. Dear colleagues from the Greens, even an electric car cannot fly yet. Construction freeze means traffic jams and environmental damage!

Ladies and gentlemen, Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is an important transit country. The construction of important traffic arteries is necessary. Only in this way can we guarantee the free movement of goods and people, and only in this way can we generate growth. In addition, many people also depend on the car, especially in rural areas. Roads will therefore continue to be indispensable for our economy and the mobility that goes with it.

The reason for the Greens to demand a moratorium on new motorways and federal highways is in particular the further construction of the A 49 in Hesse. It is pretended that this traffic project is being implemented against all common sense and ignoring the interests of the people. This, ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, is simply not correct. The A 49 with the so-called gap closure and the connection to the A 5 is one of the most important road traffic projects in Hesse. With the further north-south route, capacity bottlenecks on the congested A 7 and A 5 will be reduced, thus reducing the risk of accidents.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

The subordinate network, especially the through-roads, are significantly relieved of cross-regional traffic. The project also offers better access and development opportunities for the municipalities and the entire region. The Hessian state government has also promised to ensure that the forest that has to be felled for expansion is replaced elsewhere – the minister aptly said it – that 750 hectares are being reforested. Measures to relocate protected animal species were also considered.

Ladies and gentlemen, the local people have long suffered from being through their places. By expanding the roads, we want to relieve the villages of traffic, noise and dirt. It is important that something is done for the people in the localities.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Helping people is what the construction of the A 49 is all about. But the opponents of this project are of relatively little interest; most of them don’t even come from this region. Their only concern is to wage a fundamental campaign against the car and against new roads, similar to what the Greens do.

(Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Yes!)

Dear colleagues, let’s not allow such narrow-mindedness! Let us always keep an eye on people, companies and climate protection in equal measure; In addition to buses, trains and bicycles, this also includes cars. In the future it can be even safer, even lower in emissions, and even better. We want to bring quality of life and environmental protection together.

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Mr. Rainer, please come to the end.

Alois Rainer (CDU / CSU):

Mr. President, now.

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

No, not right away. “Immediately” means: immediately. You are 30 seconds over time.

Alois Rainer (CDU / CSU):

Thank you. – It’s up to us, let’s keep working on it.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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