Who do they think they are, proving that public-private partnerships on renewable energy can produce a win-win situation? Seriously, though, the Germans are leading the way on renewable development, and showing that renewables benefit the overall economy, too. Of course, it hasn't all been completely rosy -- the German government has increased taxes on oil and gas, which has provoked some backlash. Still, it's good to see politicians somewhere taking gutsy steps forward. Also from the SF Chronicle via the Higher Pie.