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New energy plan means higher rents, Merkel says

The Local · 29 Sep 2010, 08:38

Published: 29 Sep 2010 08:38 GMT+02:00

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The new insulation in homes is indispensable in the fight to protect the climate, the chancellor told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“Naturally not everyone will think this is good at first glance, but it makes sense that such an investment in the future is worth it for both the landlord and the tenant,” she said, adding that renters would benefit from lower energy costs in the long term.

In addition to preparing the country for bigger rent payments, Merkel defended her centre-right coalition’s new energy and climate protection plan, which the cabinet passed on Tuesday.

Under the plan, nuclear power will remain part of Germany’s energy supply until at least 2036 with a controversial extension of atomic reactors’ lifespans that has been heavily criticised by the opposition and environmentalists.

Her coalition did not allow itself to be manipulated by the atomic energy industry as some have alleged, she said. Instead companies “didn’t take part at all in many main decisions for good reasons,” she explained.

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The important thing for Germany is that “we really advance on the way to the period of renewable energy,” she said, adding that she feared “many people dream of wind and sun energy but are not ready to support the fundamental reconstruction of our infrastructure for our goals.”


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11:44 September 29, 2010 by Bushdiver
Another idiotic scheme by the government.
12:08 September 29, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Isn't Germany a democracy? It has been said that, in a democracy, the people get what they deserve.
13:49 September 29, 2010 by auniquecorn
I was gona comment on this, but screw it.
19:35 September 29, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Maybe is like 1 euro increase... (close my eyes and think wishfully)
02:14 September 30, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
At the same time as wages are being driven down in real buying power and unions and work associations being beaten down?

Is this even feasible?
08:43 September 30, 2010 by lordkorner
Of course the Landlord should be allowed to increase the rent if he up grades his property,he's a businessman,its his business and I'm sure he'll want to remain in business.
15:32 October 1, 2010 by Wise Up!
Global Warming at its best......
19:32 October 3, 2010 by bgpheld
This may be the worst insult you can lay upon a politician, but this sounds like something George Bush would introduce. The landlords are going to install the new insulation and then increase the rent by an amount chosen, by them for a period chosen by them. What if the property is empty? WIll they be able to wait until they have tennants and then charge them for the improvements? Things like this should fall on the property owner.
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