Merkel Coalition Partners Attack ‘Failed’ Government Biofuel Rollout
(Deutsche Welle) Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the liberal Free Democrats, have criticized the botched introduction of the E10 biofuel. The party called on the environment minister to revise its policy on green fuels.
The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners in the German government, have sharply criticized the botched introduction of the E10 biofuel earlier this year.
Despite the fact that the new fuel is cheaper and greener than regular petrol, many German motorists had avoided it, over fears it would damage their car engines. Motoring organizations say the new fuel, which contains 10 percent bio-ethanol, is suitable for over 90 percent of the vehicles on the German roads.
FDP transportation policy spokesman Patrick Döring told Tuesday’s Passauer Neue Presse newspaper that the idea of mixing biofuel with regular gas had failed. “We have to focus more on pure bio-diesel in order to fulfill biofuel quotas,” Döring said. He called on German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen, a member of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU), to develop a new policy concept. READ MORE and MORE and MORE