Klüngel prevents climate protection

Greenpeace study shows far-reaching integration of politics and energy industry

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In energy policy, corporate interests block the necessary reforms for effective climate protection. This is a result of the study "Black Book Climate Protection Preventive - Linkage between politics and the energy industry", which Greenpeace published yesterday. It shows in detail which politicians are on the payslip at which major power companies. This makes it clear how great the interdependence of politics and the energy industry
is actually.

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"Now it becomes clear why so little is happening in terms of climate protection in this country, " explains Andree Böhling, energy expert at Greenpeace. "We now need radical climate protection measures that are contrary to the interests of the major energy companies. However, no politician who simultaneously represents the profit interests of these companies as a supervisory board will take such measures. "

The study lists that ten current members of the Bundestag carry out secondary activities such as advisory or supervisory board positions with large energy companies alone. Among them are the energy policy spokesman of the two governing parties SPD and CDU / CSU. Twelve other people of the current state politicians practice secondary employment with large energy companies. "The simultaneous exercise of political mandate in energy issues and a position at an energy company is particularly brazen, " said Böhling.

According to the study, 28 former politicians or high-ranking public officials work actively for the major energy companies, including eight former federal or state ministers. The most prominent examples are the two ex-Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Clement, SPD, today Supervisory Board at RWE and Werner Müller, without party, now CEO of RAG, which have blocked all important climate protection instruments such as emissions trading or the expansion of combined heat and power in their term. Until he took office as Minister, today's Minister of Economics Michael Glos, CSU, practiced various sideline activities in energy companies. display

Example lignite

According to Greenpeace, the most recent example is the allotment plan for pollution rights (NAP II) presented a few days ago, which continues to favor the construction of lignite-fired power plants, even though the climate-damaging lignite-fired power plants make all climate protection absurd.

"Every community representative is excluded from decisions if there can be conflicting interests. In the German Bundestag, such principles of democracy are swept under the carpet, "said Böhling. Greenpeace demands that the publication on MEPs' additional income, which has already been decided upon, be finally implemented, and that the mandate holders should be prohibited from receiving additional income from companies within the scope of their political work.

(Greenpeace, 20.04.2007 - DLO)