By Ralph Panhuyzen
What became known as 'Dieselgate' is a remarkable example of a huge conglomerate getting caught 'cheating on their exams', therefore having to face the dire consequences. The American EPA is to collect billions from Volkswagen, whereas the EU (European Union) simply cannot, since it bears responsibility for the manipulated testing methods with which Volkswagen thought it was in the clear.
Volkswagen will have to pay $14.7 billion in retrofits, damages and fines for exceeding the NOx limits. That's in the U.S. VW diesel owners in the EU aren't entitled to any compensation. Worse, VW is allowed to continue selling the very same polluting diesel cars in the EU, that can no longer be sold in the U.S.