City Journal was gracious enough to publish a story I wrote about Germany's insane environmental policy -- which may soon be coming to a country near you once Obama gets his way.
It was based off of a paper I had written for Professor Thomas Borcherding's public choice class and an application I had submitted to The Wall Street Journal. Here's the essential paragraphs:
Greens had promised that Germany would be a Mecca for energy investment, but instead it has become a Potemkin village—fooling foreign governments into believing that its economy is a model for the future. President Obama seems to be among those taken in. “We invented solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it,” he told a joint session of Congress in February. The president has indulged in his own brand of environmental fooling, trying to persuade Americans to support his wasteful cap-and-trade bill and as much as $5 billion in tax credits for weatherization schemes like insulating homes for the winter. Obama calls this a “real stimulus.” The Germans have another word for it: Volksverdummung, a deliberate deception of the public.