It seems the emissions scandal which started with Volkswagen now extends to many other car manufacturers, though it does not appear that these manufacturers had “defeat devices” like the VWs.
Some believe that this just shows why it is that there must be an even larger regulatory regime. That throwing more money at the issue, and by hiring more regulators, etc. will solve the problem. It won’t. The problem here is that car makers and regulators were essentially both in on the deal. This only becomes more of a problem with even more “regulators.” This is how crony capitalism often works.
Pouring more money into heavy handed, greatly centralized, and relatively easily manipulated regulatory agencies is a recipe for more crony capitalism. It is what one respected economic thinker refers to as “the progressive illusion.”
This then begs the question, “What is to be done?” We don’t have the solution but given the ubiquitous nature of powerful computers in the hands of individuals, we bet some bright, independent soul(s) can find a solution(s) to both the emissions and the regulatory capture issues. (At least in this narrow band of capture.)
(From The Guardian)
Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner Jenny Bates said: “With further manufacturers implicated, this is yet more evidence that this scandal goes way beyond VW, and should cause decisionmakers to question the very future of diesel vehicles on our roads. This is a massive public health disgrace and the failure to prevent vehicles breaking pollution rules will have cost lives.”
Two car companies, Mercedes and Honda, said that they supported a tightening of the regulations. “Mercedes-Benz emphatically supports the introduction of theWLTP test [which] is designed to supersede the NEDC, with the goal of bringing standardised and real-world consumption closer together,” said the spokesman. “To this end, we actively support the dialogue between industry (through trade group ACEA [European Automobile Manufacturers Association]) and the authorities.” Honda said it supported “additional testing in order to help strengthen regulatory and consumer confidence”.