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German Green state premier defends clean diesel: Sueddeutsche Zeitung

From Reuters - August 12, 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Green party German state premier has defended the diesel technology at the center of a crisis in the country's car industry, saying it was a necessary interim solution on the way to electric cars.

Winfried Kretschmann, premier of Baden-Wuerttemberg, said diesel was a clean technology that helped reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. He said the German car industry's future must be secured.

His remarks were published in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a stinging attack on German auto executives, pressing them to innovate to secure jobs and win back trust.

Germany's car industry was thrown into turmoil almost two years ago when Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) admitted cheating U.S. tests of how much toxic nitrogen oxide its diesel cars emitted, leading to record fines and investigations of other carmakers.

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