Is Germany Taxing Biodiesel to Death?

Last year, the environmentally-friendly fuel lost tax-exempt status. In January the surcharge will go up again. Critics call it irresponsible

The smell seems out of place here in Piesteritz. Once a major hub of East Germany's powerful chemical industry with fully 20,000 workers, the site is now enveloped in a pungent odor more reminiscent of a brewery than the sulfuric acid and ammonia locals were used to whiffing during the Cold War. "You smell that?" plant manager Rainer Mahn shouts over the roaring machinery. "That's the smell of money."

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