One side effect of this scandal is a huge amount of public attention on the death toll of diesel exhaust. Is this the beginning of the end for diesel fueled cars and trucks? Given the existence of zero emissions alternatives, it should be!
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For a highlights of the outpouring of concern about diesel exhaust sparked by the VW scandal, read on.
Why Diesel Needs to Die, Road and Track
Nitrogen oxides form murky, dirty air that makes it hard to see and breathe. Most alarmingly, tiny particles of soot found in the dirty air cause about 50,000 heart-related deaths each year in the U.S., according to the AP.
To claim that millions of people are breathing poorer-quality air as a result of the VW emissions deception would not be an exaggeration, said Dan Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute in Boston. “Even the small increase in [nitrogen oxide] from VW diesel emissions is likely to have worsened pollution along the roadways where they have traveled, and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,”
VW scandal puts diesel engines on trial, Detroit Free Press
Volkswagen’s admission it cheated on emissions testing of its “clean diesel” engines has sullied the automaker’s reputation, disrupted the entire industry and put diesel engines on trial in a country that was finally starting to embrace them.
Volkswagen Cheating Scandal Seen Hastening Clean Diesel’s Demise, Bloomberg Business
On Wednesday, the Diesel Technology Forum, a Frederick, Maryland-based non-profit dedicated to promoting the fuel, said that “circumstances involving a single manufacturer do not define an entire technology, or an industry.”
Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the U.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diesel Engines and Public Health, Union of Concerned Scientists