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How VW was caught: scientists couldn?t afford nicer cars


As if the brand damage wasn’t bad enough, it has now been revealed that Volkswagen got sprung because the scientists researching emissions couldn’t afford to buy nicer cars to run their tests on.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal was uncovered only because researchers could not afford to test more expensive cars, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The American engineers who discovered that Volkswagen used a ?cheat device? to pass emissions tests said they originally wanted to test Mercedes and BMW vehicles, but the cars were too pricey to rent.

Instead, they used a VW Passat and a VW Jetta saloon ? without knowing the cars were fitted with the device to help them pass emissions standards. A BMW X5 sport utility vehicle was also used.

The testers spent a month driving the three cars around California with specialist monitoring equipment. ? Read more »

The hypocrisy of the Morgans never ceases to amaze me


Yesterday the news was all about VW cheating on their emissions test.

It included a whinge from Sam Morgan about pollution and “clean-air”.

?Trade Me founder Sam Morgan is among the Volkswagen drivers condemning the German automaker after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the company skirted clean air rules by rigging emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars.?

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Monsanto has a wee problem


Oh dear, here?s a headline no company wants to see ?Monsanto Stunned – California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labelled “Cancer Causing?.

?California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state?s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate – the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.? best-selling weedkiller, Roundup – as known to cause cancer.?

This will have the lawyers and lobbyists all fired up. ? Read more »

The Founder of Greenpeace tells The Truth about CO2

WUWT reports:

Dr. Patrick Moore, who was one of the original founders of Greenpeace who left the organization in disgust of their current political zealotry, and Greenpeace is now trying to have him erased from history for daring to do that. He has now produced this interesting video in conjunction with with Prager University that is sure to put some people into conniption fits.

Global Warming activists will tell you that CO2 is bad and dangerous. The EPA has even classified it as a pollutant. But is it? Patrick Moore provides some surprising facts about the benefits of CO2 that you won?t hear in the current debate. ? Read more »

Frack away, it’s perfectly safe and Green claims are b.s.

The Green taliban and Michael Moore are going to have kittens with this news.

The Environmental Protection Agency?s long-awaited report on fracking dismayed liberal green groups Thursday while pleasing the oil and gas industry ? the latest episode in both sides? fraught relationship with President Barack Obama.

The study, more than four years in the making, said the EPA has found no signs of ?widespread, systemic? drinking water pollution from hydraulic fracturing. That conclusion dramatically runs afoul of one of the great green crusades of the past half-decade, which has portrayed the oil- and gas-extraction technique as a creator of fouled drinking water wells and flame-shooting faucets.

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