What Elon Musk Missed About the VW Diesel Scandal

What Elon Musk Missed About the VW Diesel Scandal

Elon Musk and associates just wrote to the California Air Resources Board saying that rather than make VW fix its dirty diesels, it should make the company roll out electric cars faster. But to truly fix the problem, everyone — even those with famous names and big companies — should think about equity for those hit hardest.  Volkswagen’s illegal pollution fouls air throughout California, but we know that Californians in disadvantaged communities are hardest hit. Putting truly clean cars on the road is important, but they must reach the communities that need them most. We should be asking how Volkswagen can benefit those who most need the cleaner air and…
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A Message to VW: We Know Where Your Diesels Fouled the Air. Prioritize those Communities

A Message to VW: We Know Where Your Diesels Fouled the Air. Prioritize those Communities

Everyone who breathes is a victim of Volkswagen’s diesel pollution dishonesty. But Volkswagen can regain the trust of the American public and turn the worst case of vehicle emissions fraud in our history into an opportunity to do good. Volkswagen’s 482,000 noncompliant diesel vehicles spewed almost 12,000 additional tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into our air in one year.  According to Bloomberg Business, that illegal pollution equals 19 million cars. This pollution affects us all, and Volkswagen’s dirty diesels poison the air even more in the neighborhoods already hit first and worst by pollution. In California, those who breathe the dirtiest air are disproportionately in low-income communities of color. The…
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An Open Letter to California Leadership: Volkswagen Penalties Must Uplift Our Most Impacted Communities

An Open Letter to California Leadership: Volkswagen Penalties Must Uplift Our Most Impacted Communities

Dear Attorney General Harris and Governor Brown, Last month, we finally learned the truth from Volkswagen. “Our company was dishonest with the EPA, and the California Air Resources Board and with all of you. We have totally screwed up.” Volkswagen acted with deliberate fraud and unequivocal intent to poison our air. For the last 15 months they insisted that tests on its light weight diesel cars showing a spike in pollution levels were not the cause of their fraudulence, but instead due to errors in testing conditions. Volkswagen first admitted to breaking emissions laws and recalled 500,000 vehicles in the US. In a matter of days, this number increased to…
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