News Digest Item
30 Jan 2018

“A brazen attempt to dodge responsibility”


The tests with diesel fumes on humans and monkeys by a research institute funded by Germany’s major carmakers VW, BMW, and Daimler are “a brazen attempt to dodge responsibility” for the sake of economic gain, Silke Hahne says in a commentary for public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The tests’ only purpose “was to provide proof that nitrogen oxides (NOx) are not dangerous”, Hahne says, arguing that limit values “are determined politically for a good reason”. The companies now show remorse “but, once again, shove responsibility to individuals” rather than questioning whether their company culture is conducive to unethical behaviour, she argues.

Read the commentary in German here.

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