Should VW be Banned from the US Market?

VW Golf BS Edition
VW Golf BS Edition

Recently, the EPA was notified by a NGO that they had discovered that VW has been using software in their diesel vehicles to cheat US environmental laws.

And not just a little cheating.

VW added code to their software in their diesel autos that detect when the cars are hooked up to an emissions testing unit, and when that takes place, the engine changes mode and all emissions control systems would start, thus ensuring the car would pass inspection. As soon as the testing is complete, the engine returns to full pollution mode.

How much of a difference did it make? The study found that emissions during normal driving were up to 40 times the legal limit. In this day and age when most auto manufacturers are trying to come in well under the legal limit for emissions, VW is polluting at 40x that amount.

So, for every VW diesel, that’s the equivalent of a minimum of 40 cars on the road. I don’t have the data that would compare a Passat diesel to a Camry Hybrid, but I would imagine it would vastly surpass that 40x figure.

VW loved to sell the concept of the new “clean diesel” as an environmentally friendly auto, one that would allow VW drivers to think they were farting wildflowers as they drove down the road, but clearly “clean diesel” is not much different than the absurd concept of “clean coal.” It’s a PR game and utter bull.

Clearly, massive fines are in order, but does a fine really compensate for this level of cheating? This is a crime on a massive scale, involving one of the most successful and recognized corporations on the planet. It’s hard to imagine the arrogance of the VW executives and engineers to think that their crime wouldn’t be discovered. This is a very serious crime and those responsible should be penalized with long jail terms in addition to extensive monetary penalties.

Should VW be banned from the US market?

The amount of people that VW employs directly and indirectly in the US is extensive. Remember that VW includes Porsche and Audi, too, so the economic impact would be staggering. But what about responsibility? They breached the trust of the American people like some sleazy snake oil salesmen and should be treated similarly, so there is a strong argument that they should be banned from the US market for some period of time.

Should all VW diesel owners get fully reimbursed for their purchases?

Absolutely. VW should pony up the funds and fully reimburse all owners along with extra compensation for the inconvenience and emotional injury. These people felt they were doing something positive only to find out that they were polluting at frightening levels. For an environmentally minded person, that’s a serious issue and one that would certainly anger me. Knowing the history of how the German auto manufacturers respond to customers does not indicate they will be generous in any way. Remember the Audi acceleration problems? Their response was pretty much along the lines of “You stoooopid Amereeekans don’t know to drive.” And it’s not like they learned anything from that encounter either, because the customer service has remained remarkably terrible.

Maybe this will finally teach them a lesson, but if they don’t survive the penalty, it will be a big loss to the automotive world, because the Germans do build beautiful machines. It’s just that damn arrogance that makes them so unlovable.







Vindicated Brady Should Go After Goodell

A certain level of vindication has been won in the agregious treatment of Tom Brady by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his co-conspirators, Harbaugh and Pagano.

With a federal judge laughing off the stupidity of Goodell and his vendetta against Brady by vacating the suspension, it now becomes important for Brady to press the matter and restore his legacy by suing the fucking pants off Goodell for defamation of character.

Clearly, there was no evidence of any involvement by Brady. Ted Wells created an attack based on nothing more than lies, which was really a veiled attempt at making up for the NFL leadership’s lack of action on actual douchebags like:

Ray Rice

John Boyett

Jonathan Dwyer

Greg Hardy

Orson Charles

Darren Sharper

Once this is complete, the NFL should fire Goodell on the spot and the good folks up in Scarborough, Maine should run the bastard out of town.