Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The VW Case and the Environment

The revelation of Volkswagen's cunning ploy to falsify the emissions under test from their diesel cars in the USA, raises lots of issues (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/22/volkswagen-scandal-q-and-a-emissions-scandal). The one that is most concerning to me is the fact that as techno-fixes can be developed, are adopted by the management (?) and are then, apparently used 'successfully' for a period of time (to gild the lily and enhance sales), suggests that countries (as well as large companies) might well be tempted to come up with schemes to limit their need to take actions on harmful emissions. If this is so, how can anyone really have confidence that people are carrying out their undertakings or legal obligations with respect to the environment?

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