The lawsuit of the environmental association of the Brandenburg Green League led not only to a halt in clearing the territory for the planned Gigafactory 4, but also to an uprising within the organization. In addition, doubts arose about the legal status of the Association for Landscape Conservation and Species Protection in Bavaria (VLAB).
On the morning of February 14, two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit with the Berlin-Brandenburg Supreme Administrative Court (OVG), which temporarily stopped deforestation on the Giga Berlin site.
Berlin senator for economic affairs Ramona Pop, expressed her opinion regarding this lawsuit: "You do not always have to be against everything." The comment was addressed to the Brandenburg Green League.
It was "absurd to declare a pine plantation a forest," Pop said on Tuesday. She called for a decision on the lawsuit as soon as possible in order to expedite Tesla's investment. This will provide clean mobility and climate protection in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Oliver Krischer, a member of the parliamentary group of the Bundestag and the Greens, who, among other things, is a member of the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), criticized the fact that "the pine plantation has turned into a battlefield." According to Krischer, this will have nothing to do with nature conservation, but rather “parliamentary disputes”.
After a temporary stop at the Tesla site, members of the Brandenburg Green League demand the resignation of their senior management. They stated that the decision to institute legal proceedings for stopping the cleaning of the territory for the electric car manufacturer was made in an opaque and completely random manner. "Therefore, we call for the resignation of those responsible and as soon as possible an extraordinary general meeting," they said.
Meanwhile, Johannes Fechner, spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, questioned the legal status of the Association for Landscape Conservation and Species Protection in Bavaria (VLAB) on Wednesday. “It is doubtful that climate change deniers and opponents of the energy transition really represent environmental concerns,” Fechner told Handelsblatt on Wednesday. Therefore, the Federal Environmental Agency must verify that the VLAB really meets the eligibility criteria.
According to the government of Brandenburg, a court decision on issue of cleansing the territory for the Tesla factory may be issued this week. The Berlin-Brandenburg Supreme Administrative Court (OVG) agreed to decide as soon as possible, said Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD).
Earlier, we already questioned the true goals of the Association for Landscape Conservation and Species Protection in Bavaria (VLAB). Bavaria is located in southern Germany, while Brandenburg is in the northeast. They are divided among themselves by other states.
Another suspicious fact is that in Bavaria are the headquarters of the German automobile giants BMW and Audi. We hope that the local authorities will sort out the situation as soon as possible and Tesla will continue deforestation for the planned Giga Berlin.
Thanks to Armand Vervaeck for the help in collecting data for the article
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