In Drive to Cut Emissions, Germany Confronts Its Car Culture

In Drive to Cut Emissions, Germany Confronts Its Car Culture

The number of cars on the road in Germany has continued to increase, from 41 million in 2008 to 46 million today. Germans like to think of themselves as the most environmentally friendly people on earth. They see their sophisticated recycling programs, their love of forests, and, most recently, the country’s drive to replace both nuclear and coal-fired power production with renewable sources — the so-called Energiewende, or “energy turn” — as evidence of their strong environmental consciousness, especially compared to top polluters like the United States and China. But the green self-image of Europe’s largest economy and most […]

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