Tesla factory in Brandenburg: Not in the mood to Silicon Valley

local politicians face the questions of Residents of green Heath and the surrounding area. The are skeptical of Tesla's planned factory. And where Tesla is a

Tesla factory in Brandenburg: Not in the mood to Silicon Valley

local politicians face the questions of Residents of green Heath and the surrounding area. The are skeptical of Tesla's planned factory.

And where Tesla is actually? This question asked Residents at the town meeting photo: dpa/Julian steels

BERLIN taz | On Friday evening have been Brandenburg's Minister of Economics Jörg Steinbach (SPD) and the non-party mayor of green Heath Arne Christianized the question hail from around 400 citizens. People from Grünheide, but also from surrounding communities such as Erkner, Fürstenwalde, or Peter Hagen streamed into the auditorium of a private school in green Heath. The reason: Tesla's new Giga-factory.

Since a little more than two months, it is known that the US group would like to settle with the so-called Gigafactory in green Heath, and every year up to 500,000 electric cars, wants to build. Many Residents felt they were already a fait accompli. On Friday evening they were allowed to ask questions.

Since three weeks the documents that are to Tesla for interested members of the public. According to green Heath-mayor Christiani, the some 5,000 pages in several folders but not even a hundred people are considered. And that, although there are a lot of questions and demands.

"rumours have been," said Minister of economy of Steinbach at the beginning. "It is high time to formalize the topic of the duck in motion." And got the audience directly against the wind. "Why don't you take the right to tell me that I should not be so emotional if my life is destroyed?", Heather Marie Schroeder, who is afraid of Tesla and the new factory said. She was born in the former GDR, and thought that after the fall of the Berlin wall, there would be no unnecessary secrecy and more.

Steinbach intervened and suggested that citizens should "call keywords" in order to answer important aspects are bundled: The water supply, the clearing of adjacent forest, the reconstruction of infrastructure, immigration, land development, of the immense CO2 emissions have been him. After a quarter of an hour, the atmosphere was heated.

Brandenburg's Minister of the economy, remained calm, gave answers, tried expertise to simplify, give examples, and translate policy speech. The selling price of the vast area, said Steinbach, will not be controlled two-fold, so he was too low. A replacement forest for the cleared land should be planted. If more distant water sources must be tapped, not one would pass the additional costs on the population. Also would be ensured that the plant no environmental hazards went out.

The Protagonist is missing this evening in green Heath, however, is: Tesla. "Why is of which actually no one there?!", to whispers a man to his companion. The twitches with the shoulders. Steinbach assured there would be no hasty decisions. Even Tesla have here, "not one inch". In the audience you can see the different. "So why the urgent procedure?"

mayor Christiani strengthens Steinbach and advertises for Tesla. For 20 years the area in green Heath is a designated commercial area. And who live here, know the also. "This is a Chance to the youth to keep this."

Two hours later, completed the Assembly. Residents stream out of the room, some shaking heads, others breathing. "Let's see, wa?", a man said, while he knocks his skeptical-looking woman on the shoulder. "Is not different," she says.

Updated Date: 25 January 2020, 14:00

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