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In order for such a "green rebate" plan to have maximum domestic effect, it should be targeted to activities that support  domestic industries and employ local labor.  This may be difficult under the EU structure, I don't really know.  But certain labor intensive activities, such as increasing insulation walls, attics and roofs of homes and installing thermally efficient windows and doors could serve that purpose.  There may also be existing German suppliers of solar panels that could be qualified on technical grounds. How about appliances?  At the very least such a rebate should be stimulative for the EU as a whole.  How would the Merkel government and the broader spectrum of German politics respond to such a proposal?


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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 27th, 2008 at 02:22:21 PM EST

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