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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President! Dear colleagues! After this speech, I first have to let the facts speak for themselves.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD and from Dr. Ingrid Nestle [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

The AfD’s application prompts me to ask: Do you actually walk through the world with your eyes open?

(Steffi Lemke [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: No!)

Are you actually looking at the facts?

(Steffi Lemke [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: No!)

The effects of climate change are already being massively felt today: forest fires in the USA, Australia and Siberia, drought summers in Germany in recent years, extreme weather events all over the world. Climate change is taking place. The AfD doesn’t even deny that. They are only of the opinion: humans have absolutely no influence on this climate change. – Some members of your group also say: it has a little influence on climate change, but not a significant one. – Make up your mind what is going on. You are the only group in this German Bundestag that claims that climate change is not man-made. I wonder who knows the facts and bases their reasoning on those facts. You certainly do not, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from MPs of the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

To the facts. Weather is not just climate; Yes that’s true. But the following must also make you sit up and take notice: The Ice Age lasted 5000 years. Every 1000 years the climate warmed by 1 degree – every 1000 years! Today this temperature rise will take place within 100 years. And about two thirds of global warming will occur in the years after 1979. This shows that climate change is also man-made; that is a fact. When you argue, do you also think of your children, of future generations?

(Karsten Hilse [AfD]: That’s exactly what I’m thinking of!)

I wonder that. Apparently you are not doing this, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

If we limit global warming not just to 2 degrees, but even to 1.5 degrees, the sea level will rise by half a meter. Island states are threatened with extinction: the Marshall Islands, the Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean. When you hear how desperately the representatives of these states speak in plenary at the climate conferences, you realize how threatening the situation is for these island states.

Climate change will also further increase migration; that should also interest you. If we do not achieve the 2-degree target, millions of people will flee, we will have millions more climate refugees, because in Africa, for example, the drought zones will spread and even more intense heat waves will arise. You must also be aware of this.

One sixth of the earth’s surface are permafrost areas. Permafrost soils, for example in Siberia, Canada or Alaska, contain between 1,300 and 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the form of CO2 and methane. The entire earth’s atmosphere contains 800 gigatons of carbon. That is half of what can still get into the atmosphere from the permafrost. So: Twice as much can get into the atmosphere from the permafrost soils. The thawing of these permafrost soils can lead to the tipping point in the global climate system being exceeded. A tipping point is a sensitive point in the air conditioning system, at which every kilogram, even every gram of CO2 can cause the barrel to overflow. Don’t let it get that far. We have to avoid these feedback effects.

We have to counteract climate change, worldwide. That is why the exit from the climate agreement, which you are now promoting as the right path, is exactly the wrong path, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Why is it the wrong way? It would be illogical; it would be the wrong signal. Because the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was a great success. I was there in Paris at the time, and we were all proud that almost 200 countries around the world had agreed on a uniform climate agreement with Nationally Determined Contributions, NDCs, i.e. with binding national climate targets. Everyone has committed to it, including the US under Obama. And the states ratified it very quickly. This climate agreement came into force within a few months. This is a huge success! Kyoto was no longer a success; there were only 37 states left.

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Ms. colleague, please allow a question or comment from my colleague Dr. Nestle?

Dr. Anja Weisgerber (CDU / CSU):

With pleasure.

Dr. Ingrid Nestle (ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS):

Thank you very much, Madam, for allowing the question. – You have long talked about how urgent it is to do something about the climate crisis and that we urgently need international agreements. But this also means that you deliver at home yourself.

(Applause from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Right now we are discussing another law that is at the heart of the energy transition, namely the Renewable Energy Sources Act. You yourself know very well that without the expansion of renewables we will not be successful in any sector – neither in heating nor in transport, and certainly not in hydrogen, which your party is always calling for so vehemently.

So I ask you: How does it fit together that you are giving a glowing speech for climate protection, but in the EEG you have not included any electricity from renewable energy sources for sector coupling, for hydrogen? Why do you assume that electricity consumption will decrease and not be available for the other sectors? Why did you simply remove 3 gigawatts of wind power from the law, which should actually be made up for? Why don’t you take care of the additional renewable energies that we need; because otherwise these are all nothing but empty words.

Before you come back to the fact that Baden-Wuerttemberg had not built on either: The extension in Baden-Wuerttemberg ran very well until 2017 – until the federal laws prevented the extension from continuing because there were no more supplements.

(Applause from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Miss Dr. Weisgerber.

Dr. Anja Weisgerber (CDU / CSU):

First of all, I would like to say out of conviction that we deliver. We have presented a climate concept that has never existed in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, not even under red-green, by the way, with three elements: pricing, over 70 measures to focus on climate innovations, and a climate protection law with binding climate targets that you also asked for.

Yes, we are currently discussing the Renewable Energy Sources Act. The Renewable Energy Sources Act also contains a lot of progress in terms of climate protection, for example in the expansion targets. For example, the EEG levy exemption for green hydrogen is included in this law. We have removed hurdles, for example with regard to the use of photovoltaic systems. Here, the 10 kWp limit is to be raised to 20 kWp for self-consumption.

We are now fighting in the legislative process to ensure that we continue to encourage the expansion of renewable energies, reduce bureaucratic hurdles and involve citizens more. That is why it is right that we increase people’s acceptance in the wind sector by involving the local authorities. Elements for this are also contained in the bill.

I also have to tell you: I’m very relaxed about that. We are now in the legislative process. We will improve this law significantly. We have the hearing in committee next week of the session. We are also very constructive in this discussion among climate politicians. You can be sure that in the end we will have a good EEG too.

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Good thank you. – Then your speech continues.

Dr. Anja Weisgerber (CDU / CSU):

We need all countries in the world. With the Paris Climate Agreement, the separation between the industrialized nations and the developing and emerging countries has also been abolished. We will not achieve our climate goals if the developing and emerging countries do not build their economies in a climate-friendly manner right from the start. We also need the climate agreement so that these states are taken along and so that, if we invest in these states, we can count towards our climate goals.

Because you are right about one thing: in Germany alone, we cannot face climate change. We need all countries in the world. That is why we also need international agreements.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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