A major part of Germany’s [social-democratic] SPD, which is Germany’s second largest party behind Angela Merkel’s CDU conservative party, is coming to its economic and social senses on the issues climate change and renewable energy. The threat of social unrest and lack of warming are gradually changing minds.
SPD boss Hannelore Kraft says industrial jobs are more important. Photo: SPD Landtagsfraktion NRW, public domain.
Hannelore Kraft, Minister President of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s heavy industry heartland, has seriously upset the formidable green wing of her SPD party and companion Green Party in claiming that preserving heavy industry jobs in her state is more important than the rapid transition over to renewable energies.
Germany’s center-left online Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that ”North Rhine Westphalia Minister President wants to fight to preserve jobs in steel and power companies. That’s more important than the rapid transition to renewable energies, the SPD politician said in an SZ interview. …’It’s important that we preserve the industrial jobs in our state.’”