30 Sep '15, 7pm

Volkswagen emissions cheating caused $100 million in health costs, according to analysis

Volkswagen emissions cheating caused $100 million in health costs, according to analysis

Cheating is not a victimless crime. The recent revelations that Volkswagen rigged in-vehicle software to defeat emissions tests are but the latest example of efforts to evade regulations that protect human health and the environment. In crimes against the environment, it’s sometimes difficult to calculate who is affected and how substantial the damages are. However, it is possible to estimate the damages based on our understanding of the atmosphere and of how pollutants affect human health. My analysis shows that Volkswagen’s deception — which resulted in emissions 30 to 40 times allowable levels when driving — could exceed $100 million in economic costs from health damages. This staggering sum hints at the scope of the consequences of just one case of corporate cheating. What air pollutants are we talking about? The pollutants that Volkswagen failed to effectively control...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/volkswagen-emissions-chea...

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