Since it threatens the next tax hammer for gasoline and fuel oil!
In order for Germany to keep its promises of climate protection, the Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze (50, SPD) wants to bring all the Germans to save CO2 with a new levy.
Anyone producing harmful exhaust fumes while driving and heating should hear it in their wallet. Who saves CO2 – z. B. from an electric car – it should save money.
Now he arrives "at the oath," Schulze said Wednesday night at the Humboldt University in Berlin: "Are we serious about climate change or are we getting confused?"
It was time for a "new chapter" in environmental policy. An expensive chapter! Although Schulze has announced that it wants to prevent a net additional burden for citizens with electricity in return, it may be cheaper. With Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (60, SPD), he is working on a concept to give CO2 a "price" for every citizen.
As if gasoline and heating oil had not long been a HIGH price – probably up to € 2 / liter of petrol, as market observers fear.
➤The facts: currently around € 1.53 / liter of premium gasoline at the pump are already more than 90 cents of taxes (oil and VAT, see table).
But the fact is that, no later than two years, the failure of Europe-wide climate targets for the federal government is really expensive. Shortly before the last general elections, the Ministry of the Environment had accepted a new EU criminal catalog: from 2020 Germany could have to pay billions if CO2 emissions will not decrease rapidly enough.
By 2030, according to BILD, information could reach 30 billion euros! Money to get out of our wallet?
For sectors such as transport, agriculture or energy, binding CO2 reduction targets would then be assigned. "We will achieve our climate goals by 2030 without a CO2 tax," Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (45, CDU) told BILD. "My ministry has prepared a catalog of measures: three key points in this are: the increasing use of manure for energy purposes, the expansion of organic farming and the enhanced fertilization rules that we already have All this shows that there is no binding obligation for a CO2 tax in agriculture ".
"A CO2 price in Germany should not lead to an additional burden on consumers," warns Klaus Müller, head of the Federation of Consumer Organizations. With a new tax on CO2 emissions, like Sweden from the '90s, there must be "a simultaneous reimbursement for consumers and a reduction in the price of electricity".
Even the "House and Reason" homeowners association warns: "With CO2 tax accommodation in Germany it would be much more expensive for everyone".
The Managing Director of Mieterbund Ulrich Ropertz sees the plans critically: "Basically, we are not negatively affected by a tax on CO2, but: the goal of a tax on CO2 is that consumers move away from fossil fuels (oil, gas) to renewable energy, but this goal can not be achieved in the rental housing sector.
why: Only the tenant would have borne the higher heating costs, and has no influence on how the house is heated.
The owner, who would influence it, is not affected by this increase in energy prices. If you introduce the CO2 tax, you need a special regulation for the rented housing area: the owner pays the CO2 tax, the tenant bears the previous costs. "
Retrofit premium for older diesel cars
Compromise between the Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and the German automakers: VW and Daimler want to support the older diesel owner with a maximum of 3000 euros, if they can convert their car with a hardware solution.
BMW refuses to convert, but wants to pay the same amount to older diesel owners, who are also affected by the ban after 2020 – for a new purchase.
However, this applies only in the 15 cities of Germany, where the limits of the pollutants are exceeded particularly strong. The surface-mounted hardware retrofits are according to "not short-term" Scheuer available, the costs are uncertain.