German climate activists have closed oil pipelines to protest drilling in the North Sea

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Environment activists closed the crude the oil pipelines throughout Germany Wednesday to protest the country’s renewed interest in oil and gas drilling in the North Sea.

The group, which calls itself “the latest generation”, has activated shut-off valves at emergency stations for oil pipelines in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Greifswald and Koblenz.

“We are in a climate emergency! The federal government is not only ignoring it, but is planning to fuel it further. Wanting to drill oil in our North Sea now – it’s madness you need to stop, Mr. Habeck,” activist Edmund Schulz said in a statement Wednesday, referring to Robert Habeck, the German minister of economic affairs and climate action.

A member of the “Last Generation” activates the emergency shutdown of the oil pipeline in Germany.
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Germany is not granting new permits for oil and gas drilling in the North Sea under a coalition deal between the country’s top parties, but some officials have suggested they may need to rethink in the midst of the Russian invasion of Germany. ‘Ukraine, which has driven up energy prices around the world.

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“We have to question the decision in the coalition agreement,” German finance minister Christian Lindner told the Tagesspiegel newspaper last month. “Due to the price trend of the global market, this looks cheaper.”

Germany buys more than half of its gas from Russia and about a third of its oil imports.

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Habeck reduced Germany’s growth forecast for this year to 2.2% from 3.6% forecast in January and raised the inflation forecast to 6.1%.

This week, the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom cut off gas to Poland and Bulgaria for their refusal to pay in rubles and threatened to do the same with other countries.

Reuters contributed to this report.