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Environmental lawyers warn of contract to phase out lignite

The environmental lawyer Hartmut Gaßner has warned of a contract between the state and the energy companies for the closure of lignite-fired power plants.

Such a contract could become a legal burden for later governments, according to a report by the environmental lawyer on behalf of the environmental organization ClientEarth, about which “Spiegel” reports. Because of the "uncertainties regarding the constitutional and contractual limits of such a contract, it is questionable whether the lignite phase-out contract actually reduces the risk of legal disputes," Gassner writes.

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Future governments will be deprived of the opportunity to prefer closings for climate protection reasons. The lawyers therefore propose to regulate the exit via the ordinance route.

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