Car corporations’ new pollution scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Volkswagen Gassed Monkeys To Prove Diesels Are Clean

25 February 2018

Under the disguise of the EUGT, a European research group aimed at studying transportation and health, VW oversaw a study in which crab-eating macaques were placed in chambers, forced to inhale diesel exhaust fumes, in an attempt to prove that modern diesel vehicles are much cleaner than their predecessors.

Not only were monkeys exposed to toxic emissions, but the test was all a lie, as Volkswagen oversaw testing to verify their ‘defeat device’ was working properly, ensuring that the results would skew in VW’s favor.

And yet even after West Virginia University discovered the corruption, VW wouldn’t announce that the defeat device worked until it had been proven again through testing by the California Air Resources Board. It’s a reminder that we all need to be better, do better, and do the right thing.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘Warning for new fraud by the car industry

Car manufacturers have found a new method of fraud with CO2 emission figures. Two European Union commissioners warn of this in a letter obtained by Dutch NRC daily. The letter has been leaked through the environmental organization Transport & Environment, the membership of which includes, eg, the Friends of the Earth in the Netherlands.

The European Commission has suggested that cars will eject 15 percent less CO2 by 2025 than in 2021. In three years’ time, a zero measurement will be used, which will serve as a basis for further CO2 reduction. By 2030, CO2 emissions should be reduced by 30 percent.

Automobile manufacturers, according to the EU commissioners, are trying to set the zero measurements artificially high. In the letter, they write that automakers are increasing the current emissions by increasing the measurements. They also use all kinds of fuel-consuming tricks, such as driving with an empty battery or with a disabled start-up system. Consequently, the CO2 requirements will be reduced in the future.

Measure it yourself

For unclear reasons, car manufacturers are allowed to provide the data of the CO2 tests themselves. Those tests thus determine the future of the emission standards. Companies risk billions in fines if they fail to meet the new, yet to be determined, definitive emission standards. The letter quoted by the NRC does not mention which companies are involved.

The two EU commissioners are said to rely on reports from member states and studies by the European Commission research institute. “If we do not tackle this right now, we run the risk of a scandal similar to dieselgate“, Maltese member of the European Parliament Miriam Dalli said in a response to NRC.

In 2015, Volkswagen became controversial because of the so-called fraudulent software scandal or dieselgate. With secret software, exhaust tests were deliberately manipulated.

See also here.

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