12 Oct '12, 12pm

SCANDAL! Leaked letter reveals EU Commissioner Oettinger worked with #Volkswagen to water down EU fuel efficiency law.

SCANDAL! Leaked letter reveals EU Commissioner Oettinger worked with #Volkswagen to water down EU fuel efficiency law.

Sometimes it seems like industry directly dictates the laws that politicians draw up. And it’s just been revealed that our old friends Volkswagen are leading the way against green EU legislation. Yesterday German media went wild as a leaked letter revealed that the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger assured VW CEO Martin Winterkorn that he shouldn’t worry about binding CO2 limits for cars after 2020. Oettinger has campaigned for significantly weaker car fuel efficiency standards and enforced several loopholes that will undermine the EU climate goals for 2020. Now this letter strongly implies that Oettinger is doing what VW has asked him to do. Greenpeace has also received information showing that the German state of Lower Saxony – the home of Volkswagen - has been lobbying against the addition of transport CO2 emissions in German climate policy – and proposing tricks...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/vw-oiling-wheel...

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