What Have VW and Other Auto Makers and Government Officials Done To Our Health?


What Have VW and Other Auto Makers and Government Officials Done To Our Health?

October, 2015

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
The latest corporate crime against humanity – not seen by government officials for years – has now become visible to the world.  
Media Coverage
Photo of Obama and Auto Execs (except VW) revealing backdrop for NY Times article on VW and Obama Administration.   See   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/business/international/volkswagen-sought-a-green-seal-for-its-diesel-cars.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
NY Times coverage of VW Hearing see
Insightful Interview On Prospects
German publication interviews Clarence Ditlow, leading lawyer and engineer, who has advocated auto safety advances for more than 4 decades.  See  http://www.dw.com/en/it-is-certainly-going-to-worsen-volkswagens-troubles/a-18774398
Infographic Summary Of VW Legal Situation
A Little History – The Finest Money Could Buy

In 1971, I edited an EPA Report titled “Our Urban Environment and Our Most Endangered People”.  

Little did I know then (I only learned decades later from the Nixon Tapes) that Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II were lobbying Nixon and EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus to weaken air pollution controls by changing the test procedures.

See http://www.careforcrashvictims.com/1970-PolutionControlEfforts.php

To this day more than 40 years later we read about VW selling vehicles designed to emit many times more pollutants on the streets than on the EPA test dynamometers.  The many health effects of automotive emissions have long been known.  See  http://www3.epa.gov/airquality/nitrogenoxides/health.html

I recall a 1970s research presentation funded by the oil industry that argued the EPA air quality standards could be exceeded ten fold without adverse health effects.  At the break I asked Dr. “Money” (that is the name I give him): How could this be?  He told me that his scientific study was very rigorous.  He used only the most carefully selected, healthiest and fittest monkeys that money could buy.  That these adult monkeys in their prime were exposed to tightly controlled levels of nitrogen oxides under stringent laboratory conditions.  When I asked about the bacteria that were used to determine the subsequent health effects, he said they did not do so (so as to not confound the scientific study).  Yet that was a common way to determine the reduction in resistance to respiratory infections due to inhalation of NOx.  No dose, no response, no problem.

To no avail, I pointed out that people living in urban areas were of all ages, all degrees of health and fitness, and exposed to a wide variety of pollutants and bacteria.

When will we ever learn?   Two types of ignorance: 1. To not know, and 2. To know and to not act.

Lou

 

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