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Carmakers slam Greens' Kretschmann

The Local · 26 Apr 2011, 13:52

Published: 26 Apr 2011 13:52 GMT+02:00

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Matthias Wissmann, president of the VDA peak body for the industry, told daily Tagesspiegel that Kretschmann should take a look at the environmentally friendly cars already rolling off the assembly line in his home state.

Premium German car brands were slashing the greenhouse gas output on their latest models “faster than their leading competitors,” he said.

The manufacture of top car brands was “vital for the industry and for Germany as an innovation centre,” he said.

Greens leader Kretschmann, whose coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Party is set to take power in the wealthy southern state next month said at the weekend: “Fewer cars are of course better than more. We must sell mobility concepts in the future and not just cars. That includes walking, bicycles, cars, trains. We must join these up so well that one can travel easily and protect the environment.”

His comments were provocative given Stuttgart is Germany’s auto-industry capital, home to Porsche and Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz. It is sometimes known as “the cradle of the automobile.”

Porsche workers’ committee chairman Uwe Hück urged the Greens not to create fear around the auto industry.

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“Porsche and Daimler should not have their names tarnished. Both companies build environmentally friendly cars and sell them not only in Germany but around the world,” he said.

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14:34 April 26, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> environmentally friendly cars

Or rather, certainly in the case of electric cars, "in some cases environmentally less damaging cars", but I guess that is not so snappy, and does little to assuage some motorist's feelings of guilt !!
16:03 April 26, 2011 by jmclewis
Kretschmann I hope you are walking everywhere to do otherwise makes you an environmental hypocrite!
17:14 April 26, 2011 by deep_schismic
bahahaa, environmentally friendly cars...just like 'clean-coal' power stations...
19:51 April 26, 2011 by michael4096

Agreed. You create an alternative to cars or develop greener cars or force people to buy dirty cars from other countries.

Or, of course, you can simply make snide comments and not have any positive contribution to make to the debate at all - much, much easier
20:44 April 26, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> Kretschmann I hope you are walking everywhere to do otherwise makes you an environmental hypocrite!

He said reduce: not ban.
23:17 April 26, 2011 by neunElf
Someone needs to inform Comrade Kretschmann that he is merely the state Premier, not the state Dictator.

The Greens have a very strong authoritarian streak, and I think Papa Kretschmann will have a very difficult time controlling his impulse to have society emulate his chosen lifestyle.
05:13 April 28, 2011 by DrStrangelove
Does the provincial government have any real clout in this question? Methinks environmental rules are made mostly in Berlin and Brussels.

As to selling mobility concepts, I have several pairs of old loafers around the house. Also snowshoes and a pair of stilts. I'll throw in a copy of the Pilgrim's Progress as well, and a torn-off BMW badge that I found lying around the other day. The whole bundle is $150,000 o.b.o. Send email.
12:42 May 4, 2011 by mike_1983
This man may just be biting the hand that feeds him.

If he gets the german car industry off side they'll punish the greens in ways they have no idea.

These are powerful companies with strong political influence!
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