TÜV Süd did not pass the green attitude test: Because the report on the possible continued operation of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant does not fit their ideology, the Greens are now sharply tackling the TÜV. The party obviously doesn’t do anything with facts – and when the arguments run out, they don’t shy away from malicious accusations. The head of the CDU-Mittelstandsunion advises the TÜV to examine a criminal complaint against the Greens for defamation.
The testing company TÜV Süd has given the go-ahead for the continued operation of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant. Apparently, the green opponents of nuclear power cannot accept that so easily. Economic State Secretary Michael Kellner (Greens) even accuses the TÜV of having drawn up a courtesy report for nuclear power plants. He also criticizes that it only took a week to prepare the report.
“With many a rickety car, you wonder who stuck an inspection sticker on it. I don’t want to have to ask myself that about nuclear power plants,” says Kellner on Twitter. “TÜV Süd tested the Isar 2 nuclear power plant in record time (1 week!) and gave it top marks. At the same time, he warns of future losses if he loses this lucrative business with nuclear power plants.”
He ignores the fact that the Greens only needed six days for their anti-nuclear report. A test report published on March 7 by Robert Habeck’s (Green) Ministry of Economic Affairs and Steffi Lemke’s (Green) Ministry of the Environment gave a clear rejection of the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants: “As a result of weighing up the benefits and risks, an extension of the service life of the three remaining nuclear power plants is not recommended, even in view of the current gas crisis.”
At the request of “BildA spokesman for the responsible Ministry of the Environment explained how long the ministries had been working on the test paper: The “commission” to “create a delivery (…) for a test report” was given “on March 1st”. The Ministry of the Environment explained that the drafts were based on “years of expertise” and that the Ministry had already dealt with “legal and safety-related issues of a lifetime extension” in February, which “flowed into the test certificate”. But the TÜV can also draw on many years of expertise, as it has been regularly inspecting the nuclear reactors for years.
Sharp criticism of the Greens: TÜV should examine criminal charges
The TÜV did not want to comment on the criticism, but Gitta Connemann, head of the CDU-Mittelstandsunion, explains to “Bild”: “The Greens seem to have nerves bare.” Because it is now a “fact” that the nuclear power plant will continue to operate “Technically, personally and legally possible”. She accuses the Greens of wanting to prevent the nuclear power plant lifetime extension “with blows below the belt” and criticizes: “The Greens negate facts. And defame a recognized technical testing organization. Nothing else is the accusation of a courtesy report.”
“TÜV stands for safety and trust worldwide,” Connemann continued. “The TÜV should examine a criminal complaint for defamation.”
The Greens are doing everything they can to push through their agenda. Reports based on facts are of course disturbing. The green narrative is expiring and should not get an extension. Who would want to sit in a cold apartment next winter and “freeze against Putin”?