Germany has a new hot topic: diesel fuel and nitrous oxides. Until recently, diesel technology was championed as environmentally friendly and subsidized by the state. Now, following the Dieselgate emissions scandal and allegations of collusion among German automakers, it’s suddenly on the country’s hit list.
Many people are using this about-turn as an opportunity to attack internal combustion engines in general. Germany’s Green Party, for example, says all fossil-fueled engines should be a thing of the past by 2030.
Demands like this are a broadside against Germany’s leading industry and puts many jobs at risk. According to a recent study by the Ifo Institute, some 620,000 jobs are directly tied to the fate of the internal combustion engine.