Piotr Woźniak, former minister of economy and former president of PGNiG, said in the extra-time of the “One for One” program on TVN24 GO that the announcement of an increase in coal production in Poland “is a confusion of concepts”. When asked if the government had agreed to too far-reaching obligations regarding the shutdown of Polish mines, he replied that “something was wrong here”. – We were put in a dilemma, we were faced with a dilemma: either we will live in cold and clean air, or we will live in warm houses, but the smog on the streets will be alarming.
Piotr Woźniak, former economy minister in 2005-2007 and former president of PGNiG, was asked in the extra-time of the TVN24 GO program “One for One” about the government’s energy policy, including how the government prepared the country for the lack of coal supplies from Russia. Woźniak said that “we have plenty of coal resources”, but also pointed out that “this year, no longwall has been prepared, and the opening of the longwall takes at least a year”. He added that “it takes time”.
Referring to the closure of mines and the reliance on alternative energy sources, he said that “this is another civilization collision we are dealing with”. As he said, renewable energy “has been largely blocked, despite the laudable slogans.” He also added that “all investment processes have stopped”.
According to Woźniak, “there was not enough perspective or good analyzes to continue the investment program, at least to some extent”. – At the moment, saying that we will increase extraction in Poland is a confusion of concepts. It is impossible to increase production in a significant way, perhaps it is still possible to squeeze out of those investments that are already made in Poland and which are already working (…), perhaps within a year it will be possible to squeeze a few hundred thousand tons, maybe a million. But in the end, it will be at the expense of the miners’ work on Saturday and Sunday, when they should be free to stay at home or do what they want, said the former president of PGNiG.
Woźniak: we were put in a dilemma
Piotr Woźniak was also asked if, in his opinion, the government agreed to too far-reaching obligations regarding the extinction of Polish mines. He replied that “something was wrong here”. – We were put in a dilemma, we faced such a dilemma: we will either live in cold and clean air, or we will live in warm houses, but smog in the streets it will be frightening.
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