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Volkswagen criticises Berlin’s environment policy
Chris Bryant | 07 Jun 2019 00:30
Herbert Diess is no stranger to controversy, some of it inexcusable. With a strongly-worded critique of German climate policy, the Volkswagen AG boss has provoked yet another row. This time, though, he is spot on.

“If we’re really serious about climate protection, the nuclear power plants should run for longer,” Diess told Tagesspiegel last week when asked about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision after the Fukushima disaster to shut down the country’s nuclear fleet by 2022.

Closing Germany’s last coalfired power plant in 2038 - as decided in January by a government-appointed commission - is “far too late,” Diess said. We “should have quit coal first and then nuclear.”

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