Lindner should enforce it: Scheuer demands the fuel price cap from Ampel

Until a new government is in office, Andreas Scheuer will remain Minister of Transport. But he cannot push new projects. Therefore, his successors should cap the price of petrol. When asked who should implement this, the CSU politician already has an idea.

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer sees the future federal government as obliged to take countermeasures if fuel prices are too high. “Around two thirds of the gasoline price are influenced by the state with taxes and duties,” said the CSU politician of the “Bild” newspaper. “The state must therefore intervene at the latest at a price of 1.99 euros per liter and, in return, lower taxes.” The state should not be the main beneficiary of high fuel prices.

Scheuer called on FDP leader Christian Lindner to implement this in talks with the SPD and the Greens for a traffic light alliance. Lindner called for countermeasures to be taken on the price of petrol during the election campaign. “This is exactly what he has to do now in a traffic light coalition. Otherwise he makes himself untrustworthy. And the traffic light is already showing how indifferent it is to the concerns of the citizens,” Scheuer told the newspaper.

For energy in particular, consumers had to dig much more in their pockets in September than a year earlier (plus 14.3 percent). For some time now, inflation has been fueled by energy prices. The Federal Statistical Office announced on Wednesday that inflation in this country has risen to 4.1 percent. Heating oil rose by 76.5 percent within a year. Fuel cost 28.4 percent more. The prices for natural gas (plus 5.7 percent) and electricity (plus 2.0 percent) also rose. Food prices rose by an above-average 4.9 percent.

Global demand for crude oil, among other things, is high in view of the economic recovery after the collapse of the Corona crisis. In Germany, since the beginning of the year, 25 euros per tonne of carbon dioxide that is created when diesel, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas are burned have been due. In addition, there are special effects such as the withdrawal of the temporary VAT cut in the second half of 2020, which is now fully reflected in inflation. The regular VAT rates have been in effect again since January. Goods and services therefore tend to become more expensive. For the time being, many economists see the rise in inflation as a temporary phenomenon that is likely to continue for a few more months.