'Bitter but necessary': Germany turns to coal to replace Russian gas

20 June, 2022

Posted by: Njango Njung'e

'Bitter but necessary': Germany turns to coal to replace Russian gas

Category : Power Shift in the News | tags: Sky News

Germany will burn more coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, amid concerns about possible power shortages caused by a cut in supplies from Russia, its economy minister has said.

Robert Habeck said Germany must limit the use of gas to generate electricity, after Russian oil major Gazprom announced it would slash supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, apparently for technical reasons.

...Mohamed Adow, who runs climate think tank Power Shift Africa, said increasing coal was a "devastating blow" to those people on the frontline of the climate crisis.

Because rich, historic polluters like Germany have not yet built enough wind and solar, it is the "climate vulnerable that will suffer the consequences as Germany turns to coal," Mr Adow added.

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