Bavaria: Special routes with nuclear power and Winnetou – Bavaria

The well-known good relations between the state chancellery and the SZ enable us to report exclusively on the latest legislative project of the state government: the Bavarian special route and traffic plan. The law, which has so far been completely unknown, is to be passed by the state parliament in the coming week. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) will therefore exceptionally appear there in person, which is intended to underline the extraordinary importance of the law.

“As the name suggests,” says Söder, “it will not only be about traffic, but about all the special paths that we want to take in the future.” It is therefore an extremely flexible set of regulations that can be handled. Unfortunately, it can only be published partially redacted, “so as not to jeopardize the Free State’s negotiating positions,” as the Prime Minister also revealed.

However, the paper is said to be less about trunk routes or motorways. Rather, the revival of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant should be pursued, at the latest until October 8, 2023, the date of the state elections. If necessary, one is even thinking of building new power lines to tap into wind turbines north of the Free State. In the future, such wind turbines should even be allowed to be erected without a permit as long as they are ten times the height of the turbine outside of the Free State (so-called “10-H rule”).

In terms of energy policy, hydrogen will be used instead of gas in the future, according to Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger from Die Freie Wahlern: “This applies in particular to gas ovens in the home and in the catering trade.” Occasionally, outside of the Free State, it is said disparagingly that the Bavarians only cook with water: “Then the switch to hydrogen can’t be that difficult.”

New paths will also be taken in nature conservation, the state government continues. The aim is to tackle the wolf and bear problem with a special funding program for rifle clubs. For every wolf you kill there is a target for free, for every bear you get a replica of Old Shatterhand’s Bärentöter rifle. Instead of Goethe’s “Faust”, Karl May’s “Winnetou” in three volumes and the “Little Red Riding Hood” by the Brothers Grimm will be required reading in Bavaria’s schools from 2024.

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