“The climate crisis is the question of humanity’s survival,” said German President Steinmeier upon his re-election. German Chancellor Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had also said the same. There is also a great opportunity in this present crisis.
Putin’s Russia still sells a lot of gas and oil to Germany and many other countries. But in the medium and long term, fossil fuels are no longer a business model. They are discontinued models. For economic and ecological reasons, and for security interests. See the current dispute over the Nordstream2 gas pipeline.
Germany and the EU, as well as Russia, could offer each other better and more promising things. With all the money that Germany and the EU still transfer to Russia for fossil raw materials, Russia pays for its imports of machinery and food from abroad and for its pensions at home. There is mutual dependence, but not for long. We should finally learn to think security policy and climate policy, peace and ecology, anew and together.
In contrast to the Yeltsin era, today under Putin’s rule Russian pensioners can count on regular payments, which contributes to his current popularity. But Russia has also signed the Paris Agreement on climate protection and committed itself to reducing greenhouse gases in the medium term.
The “Tageszeitung” (TAZ) also asks in an editorial: “What can Russia offer the EU if gas and oil exports are no longer needed? And what COULD the EU or Germany offer Russia?”
Germany wants to become climate neutral by 2045 at the latest, i.e., 100 percent renewable. In the electricity sector, that’s not a problem. Germany alone can do that. But for aviation, shipping and large parts of industry, Germany will also have to import green hydrogen. In addition to North Africa, Russia is a good place for this. Also via the controversial Nordstream1 and Nordstream2 gas pipelines.
In Siberia, Russia has favorable wind conditions for this and in southern Russia favorable solar conditions to produce green hydrogen, which Germany will also need in the post-fossil era. Advantageous and helpful cooperations for both sides are conceivable here, which should be negotiated in time, i.e. now.
For more than 150 years, wars were and are being fought over oil or gas. Now we can organize a time of “peace through the sun”: climate-friendly, confidence-building, cooperative and peaceful. Profitable for all sides.
Together we can organize escape routes from the greenhouse and finally put an end to the slaughter over the old raw materials, the eternal wars over oil.
This “solar strategy” (Hermann Scheer) is the great chance for world peace, for entering the solar world revolution in a solar age. Nobody can wage wars around the sun. It has a safety distance on 150 million kilometers to our earth. Therefore, already Jesus knew 2000 years ago in his sermon on the mount: “The sun of the father shines for all.” And: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” So let’s do it.
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