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VW: Not the First Green Cheat, and Won’t Be the Last
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  • qet

    Instapundit notes that VW, like Toyota before it which was also the target of a big FedGov campaign, is not a UAW-approved automaker. Coincidence?

    • Fat_Man

      Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Government’s care?

      • qet

        Excellent. This is it, exactly.

    • Aqualung

      Yes, VW workers rejected unionization repeatedly. I wonder how many other automakers use similar software?

  • Clayton Holbrook

    Apparently, you can have clean diesel or a clean conscience but not both.

  • MarqueG

    Beyond the private-sector cheats to play on a segment of the populace’s desire to feel additional meaning to their consumer choices, there’s also the public sector, it’s worth pointing out. How many boondoggles are there — from renewable fuel standards to “biodiesel” and corn ethanol, all the way down to tight municipal recycling standards and all the way up to ever more restrictive standards for trace pollutants — that play people for saps, while enriching the cronies and well-connected?

    • Aqualung

      Very good point that can be extended and extended. John Kerry alone probably has contributed more to global warming flying in govt jets than all the emissions from VWs combined. $18 billion in fines it outrageous, but a drop in the bucket to what the govt spends on waste, fraud and abuse. The latest 10-yr Farm Bill was $1 trillion, spending hundreds of billions in price supports, subsidies, paying farmers not to farm….

  • Rick Johnson

    Well done VW. Emissions tests are just Green BS. Best reason yet to buy a VW.

  • circleglider

    Could this portend a realization that the goals of the ecological movement are incompatible with modernity? That the laws of physics will not permit the engineering of an automobile that satisfies both the EPA and the performance demands of consumers?


    • exdent11

      circleglider, That is why electric vehicles are the future. As the sources of our electricity gets cleaner from wind ,solar geothermal, and a new generation of nuclear power, the inherent efficiency of electric motors compared to internal combustion engines makes EVs the obvious hands down winner.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Call me when battery technology catches up.
        As a cheap urban/suburban runabout, electric cars certainly have a role. For most uses, not at this time, and likely not for some time. Either way though, let the market sort it out without the heavy thumb of government on the scales.

      • Proud Skeptic

        Electric vehicles were the future 100 years ago and will probably still be the future 50 years from now.

        • Fat_Man

          My Great Grandmother owned a Baker Electric a century ago. When I knew her in the 1950’s, she drove a Buick Roadmaster. Henry Ford’s wife drove a Detroit Electric a century ago.

      • circleglider

        The “inherent efficiency of electric motors” is irrelevant to the success of electric vehicles.

        What’s critical is the energy storage density. And for the foreseeable future, hydrocarbons have electric batteries beat by several orders of magnitude.

        • exdent11

          One forgets that gasoline stations were once unknown and finding a source of reliably pure fuel was a problem . Today,while charging stations are still limited, the numbers are growing.Charging time ,at the newest units is less than 15 minutes .Besides what is more convenient than charging at home while you sleep?
          Several car companies [ GM is one with the Bolt ] say their EVs will have range of 200 miles plus in 2017.That will ramp up to 300 to 400 miles per charge when solid state batteries reach the market within 5 years. The weight and volume and price of batteries will go down as the energy density goes up. Not unlike the computer or cell phone industries. Technology industries always wins out over resource derived industries. Only the uninformed fail to see the writing on the wall.

          • JR

            The problem of energy density is one of scale. We are currently having trouble extending lives of cell phone batteries. Car batteries are ridiculously inefficient vs. regular gasoline based engines. A much better bet is batteries in homes where the main drawbacks to scaling up batteries (they get big and hot fast) are not as detrimental to the performance as they would be in a car.

  • joelhfx

    Stupid government regulations are the reason they we’re motivated to lie. Emmission control demand should come from the consumer, not a bloated and unaccoutnable Government organization.

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