Ever since Rudolph Diesel first started that particular type of internal combustion engine to which he gave his name, it has been axiomatic that the obnoxiously pungent black exhaust put out by all diesel engines is harmful.
What is surprising about the Volkswagen scandal is just how long VW and others have been getting away with the nonsensical idea that diesel fumes are not a problem!
It is of course not the first example of the long term absence of Common Sense.
King James I of England was a notable early critic of tobacco for instance. In “A Counterblaste to Tobacco” of 1604, the King famously opined of tobacco smoking; “A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.”
The last part of that description can also be applied to diesel exhaust.
It is however an interesting commentary as to just why the so called “environmental campaigners” with the hierarchy European Union arrived at the stupid idea that diesel exhaust was less harmful to “the environment” that petrol exhaust. Of course the reason can be stated in two capital letters and one numeral: CO2.
Diesels are supposed to emit less of that plant life sustaining gas, carbon dioxide than petrol engines.
The fact that they give off more particulate matter that causes more harm to the surrounding human population is it appears a mere detail!
It must surely be a fact that when the history is written of this age historians will comment severely and with incredulity about a whole civilisation apparently taken in by the “climate change” argument that CO2 is a problem.
Hopefully the USA action against VW – which will include hefty prison sentences on former VW staff – will be an early example of a nail in the Glow Bull Warning coffin.
Let us hope it is the start of many such nails hammered into this particular coffin’s lid.