“What is more important now: food or climate protection?” – District of Emmendingen

Prime Minister Brbel Schfer spoke at the Green Party’s spring reception in Emmendingen.

. “We have to step out of our comfort zone a few centimeters,” Prime Minister Brbel Schfer said. He spoke at the District Greens spring reception on Saturday at the Old Town Hall in Emmendingen about the challenges that climate protection also poses for people. Schfer asked them to resist innovations in wind energy, geothermal energy or infrastructure for the PNV a little less.

Mayor Stefan Schlatterer introduced the PNV in his speech. On the two tracks of the Rhine Valley Railway, it is gradually becoming too narrow for the PNV in the region, he said. That is why the third and fourth tracks must be built soon. Funding this makes more sense than driving across the country for nine euros. The deputy of the Greens, Alexander Schoch, also highlighted the importance of the PNV.

“We have to come to an agreement with the Rheintalbahn,” Schfer said. She saw the project until Riegel was on the right track. She commented critically on the demands of the neighbors of the next sections to reject the current plans and also put the Intercity tracks on the motorway: “Then we will not be able to finish”. The fact that not all interests can be satisfied also applies to the bike highway project. She positively described Economy Minister Habeck’s “Easter Package”, in which she explained the expansion of green energies as a matter of national security and reduction of bureaucratic obstacles. Lower management levels lack clarity as to what they can allow, for example new rotors when planning. There should be no prevention plan, and the untouched view of the landscape shouldn’t cost a pinwheel. The population should also be more positive about geothermal energy, Schfer said. “The potential is there and we have mastered this technology,” she said. Regarding climate protection, Schlatterer emphasized that municipalities are reaching their limits. She also trashed the resources to implement the projects.

Schäfer and Schlatterer agreed that the administrations were doing a good job, even in the face of the pandemic and the refugees from Ukraine. The accommodation of the around 1,600 refugees in the district works well, also thanks to the great willingness to help. “We learned about the refugee situation in 2015,” Schfer said. Municipalities reacted quickly and institutions such as schools integrated the large number of Ukrainian children well. The war in Ukraine is a big challenge, especially for the Greens, she said. Climate protection and pacifism would have to be reconciled with the demands of current politics. Who would have thought that Habeck would travel to the Arabian Peninsula for gasoline and support Green Arms shipments to Ukraine, she asked.

“What is more important now: food or climate protection?” he asked about the fallout from the Ukraine war. In view of the food crisis, not all achievements in agriculture should be thrown overboard. The region is achieving good results in demonstration farms for organic farming in order to reconcile nature conservation and agriculture. He has high hopes that agrophotovoltaics will bring good results for the expansion of green energy.

Schfer addressed the population’s resistance against government measures. It’s not just about those who refuse to wear masks and the pandemic. “You can trust us, we work well professionally”, that has to please the population.


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