In principle, the Greens would not move away from their “No” to nuclear energy. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) said this in an interview with ZDF “heute journal”. When asked by the moderator, Kretschmann was visibly angry.

Moderator Christian Sievers asked whether the Greens would continue to reject an extension of nuclear power lifetimes. No sooner had Sievers finished his question than Kretschmann replied: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I didn’t say that.”

Kretschmann had previously stated that a decision on whether to continue operating the three nuclear power plants could not yet be made. He first wanted to wait for the result of a stress test on security of energy supply. “It’s only about a temporary, possible extension of nuclear power plants that are still running,” he said.

Kretschmann convened a so-called gas summit on Monday. The state of Baden-Württemberg wants to encourage the population, administration and business to save gas and electricity. The goal is to save 20 percent of gas consumption.