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Germany to Bring Back Coal Power Plants If Russia Cuts Gas

  • Energy Minister Habeck reveals emergency decree for 26 plants
  • Move comes even if burning coal will boost carbon emissions
A coal plant in Germany.

A coal plant in Germany.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg
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Germany plans to bring back coal- and oil-fired power plants should Russia cut off natural gas shipments to Europe’s largest economy.

Economy Minister Robert Habeck will on Tuesday present an emergency decree enabling the government to bring back the facilities in case of gas shortages, according to the proposed legislation seen by Bloomberg.