The climate activist Luisa Neubauer has criticized Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP). "There is no minister in Germany who is torpedoing his climate goals like Transport Minister Volker Wissing," said Neubauer to the "Tagesspiegel". The planned motorway expansion is a red line in the transport sector. Germany is already full of Autobahns. "Now we need an about-face, otherwise we can give up on the climate goals."
Neubauer announced that the focus would be on the traffic turnaround throughout the year. The motorway expansion is a relic from another time and not an answer to today's climate issue and the mobility needs of an aging society. Neubauer referred to her grandmother, who relies on the S-Bahn and wide cycle paths on which she can ride the electric tricycle.
Sometimes she also likes to drive a car, emphasized Neubauer. But she expects traffic policy to enable people to be mobile without a car or without their own car. The Greens warned the environmental activist against getting involved in the planning acceleration of motorway projects demanded by Wissing.
The party did itself a favor by rejecting Wissing's draft law in the coalition committee. The Greens obviously perceive "that there is a very alert and resistant debate between the climate movement and traffic policy and Volker Wissing's motorway plans".
The climate movement Fridays for Future, to which Neubauer belongs, wants to protest again this Friday. The Ministry of Transport, led by Wissing, announced last year that it wanted to push the construction of trunk roads. Accordingly, these should be built and expanded more quickly if they are "firmly planned" or if an "urgent need" has been identified for them. The Greens are against it.