The CSU Chairman Markus Söder has linked its approval for a CO2-price of concrete financial benefits for businesses and citizens.

“We need a significant reduction in the Vehicle tax with a significant increase in the commuter tax allowance”, said the Bavarian Minister-President of the German press Agency in Munich.

A CO2 tax Söder rejects – with a different Form, the emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide is more expensive, he can make friends but out of necessity: “The CO2 tax has the disadvantage in respect of the certificates: the CO2 tax only determines the amount of revenue, but not, what amount of CO2 is consumed.” When certificate trading will be awarded according to a politically defined limit permits entitling their holders to emit a certain amount of CO2.

Söder directs the CSU to the same rate as before Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU-Boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the CDU. Both had argued for a CO2-pricing for Heating and transport in the case of simultaneous social benefits.

On the 20. September to adopt the climate Cabinet of the Federal government, a package to Germany, Save to bring the CO2 back on track. It is a matter of funding programmes, new requirements, and a CO2-price of fuel and heating Fuels from Oil and natural gas more expensive to make.

There are two models on the table: A tax charge, the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze (SPD) is proposing to, or trade with certificates available. The goal of both types of CO2 pricing is the same. Diesel, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas should be more expensive, in order to promote climate-friendly technologies and to bring people to the Saving of greenhouse gases.

“climate protection should not lead to distortions of the society. It may not be at the expense of the socially disadvantaged or rural areas,” said Söder. The greens and the SPD disadvantaged in their concepts of the rural areas, commuters, Volunteers and the lower income groups. It should be no schism in the society, said the CSU leader. “I don’t want to experience the resurrection of the AfD.”

In contrast to a CO2 tax, the certificate idea is effective. “We already have environmental taxes – air transportation tax and an environmental tax on car and petrol. Both unfortunately leads to a reduction of CO2.” Germany therefore need a climate strategy, which brings together a Wealth of measures. “First of all, a real energy transition. We should get off by 2030, effectively from the coal, and especially by Renewable energy sources will replace. In addition, it needs a Heat change through the energy-efficient refurbishment.” The Coal phase-out by 2030 would be the best climate protection: “in order for the climate targets are realistic. This is actually create. But to believe that you said the climate targets alone with a CO2 tax on cars in 2030, is untrustworthy”, Söder.

The Federal targeted Coal phase-out by 2038 keeps Söder late, and the 40 billion euros of aid for the coal regions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg is too high. Germany need rather urgently a climate Innovation initiative with a Power-to-Gas, battery research, fuel cells, hydrogen, strategies, and biofuels while flying. “We need a massive national support for biofuels.”, he said. The lower-Bavarian Straubing could become a national center for the exploration of biofuels as a substitute for kerosene. In addition, Bayern wants to bring a concept for hydrogen with fuel cells for Truck traffic.

With a view to the awarding of the battery research is in the constituency of Federal Minister of research, Anja Karliczek (CDU) to Münster Söder was very skeptical and asked how the Opposition in the Bundestag to be more transparency about the procurement process: “The results of the Commission of experts should be made available on the network. So as is the case for example in the toll. We would like to evaluate simply whether the is used in a lot of money really effectively.”

Whether the Grand coalition will be able to provide up to the autumn of a climate change package, “is in fact sporty” and a great challenge. “It would be with a SPD in normal form is difficult – it is, however, a fundamental debate,” said Söder. The CSU will only accept what is economically and ecologically reasonable.

The CSU chief warned also, to make climate protection measures in the event of a slowdown in the German economy back to the question: “climate protection must be independent of the economy, even the economy to revive.” As an example, Söder called the, in his view, “mandatory” climate tax reform. Who is renovating a house or apartment inheritance or purchase and is willing to, energetically, should be allowed to deduct the cost of the land acquisition or inheritance tax. “That would be a market, economic effect, cost hardly any money, benefits the climate, and invigorates the economy.”

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