The cdu secretary-general tries desperately to justify the government’s change in nuclear policy
The cdu is in serious trouble with the extension of the operating life of nuclear power plants, the fukushima disaster and merkel’s sudden change of course before the state elections. This has become even stronger with the move into opposition in baden-wurttemberg. The fact that seven nuclear power plants could be shut down without any problems with the moratorium and now eight nuclear power plants are off the grid with krummel has not exactly strengthened the black-yellow energy policy with the extended nuclear bridge.
Bavarian prime minister seehofer is now pushing for the fastest possible phase-out and decommissioning of the old reactors, while federal environment minister rottgen is demanding that the old nuclear power plants had to be protected against an airplane crash, which would also amount to a final decommissioning of the old reactors. Fdp secretary general lindner wants to shut down the eight reactors now shut down, justice minister leutheusser-schnarrenberger supports demand. Other fdp politicians see this as undermining the moratorium and do not want to go along with such a turnaround, in which they agree with parts of the cdu. Josef schlarmann, president of the cdu/csu’s association for small and medium-sized businesses and the economy (mit), is also pushing back against merkel’s course of accelerating the phase-out of nuclear power plants. Naturally, part of the business community is also against shutting down all the old reactors; bdi president hans-peter keitel warns against an overhasty decision and criticizes rottgen in particular.
Cdu secretary general hermann grohe must now see how he can push through the chancellor’s nuclear turnaround policy between all parties. What argumentative mooing this makes, he just showed in an interview with welt online. There he tries to represent the cdu in such a way that it spatestens before four years the atomic energy only as "bridge technology into the age of renewable energies" have seen. He does not want to admit that the extension of the operating time was a mistake. Rather he already divides times against the liberals, the "in the prolongation of the service life it is a kind of test of courage" and continued to string together the oft-heard phrases about not making a hasty exit like red-green, but rather about a "with a keen eye and economic expertise" wanted to accomplish. That one is however still thereby, only it is to go now just a little faster, thus nevertheless ubereilter, because fukushima the readiness made necessary, "to review previous plans".
Speech of the minister of atomic energy franz josef straub from 26. January 1956
Grohe also tries to steamroll the swing by referring to franz josef straub and ernst albrecht, who also used to have "political decisions in the matter of nuclear energy changed, because they knew about the necessary social acceptance". It is especially easy to blame nuclear power entirely on the socialists: "nuclear power, however, is above all the legacy of helmut schmidt, a child of the social-liberal euphoria for progress. We later defended nuclear power out of economic rationality, when the originators got weak in the knees."
Although many nuclear power plants were built in germany in the 1970s, as in other countries, the course was set earlier, as the csu also knows. On the pages of the hanns-seidel-foundation about franz josef straub, the "analyst – visionary – realist" and the "minister of atomic energy", grohe’s attempt to distance the cdu/csu from nuclear energy was forcefully corrected (which could perhaps be changed retroactively in the course of seehofer’s nuclear policy shift):
In the post-war period, research into and the peaceful use of nuclear energy were accorded a high status as a future-oriented field of science, both nationally and internationally; moreover, it was seen as an alternative to the previously used energy sources of coal and hydropower. The federal government took such a development into account by appointing on 6. On october 1955, a federal ministry for atomic questions was formed, and chancellor konrad andauer appointed franz josef straub, his former special minister, as its head.
The task of this ministry was first to support science and research in the field of nuclear science, to catch up and to come to the level of other countries. … With the development of a so-called "three-step plan" the new minister succeeded in presenting a first german nuclear program, which his successors in office were to continue with further programs in the years 1963-1967, 1968-1972 and 1973-1976.