Thursday, December 17, 2015

Atlas Shrugging - by Eric Peters

You remember Atlas. The mythical giant who struggles to support the world on his mighty shoulders. One day, his strength gives out. Or his will. His desire to bear the burden.
So, he shrugs.
Volkswagen just did exactly that.
The automaker says it cheated on federal emissions tests because company engineers considered it “impossible” to pass them.
Italics added.
Read that again.
A major-league automaker, with an entire engineering staff at its disposal, found itimpossible to comply with the federal government’s emissions fatwas. It would have required unacceptable (to VW’s customers) functional compromises – or unacceptable costs.VW diesel 1
So, VW elected to shrug.
Screw the tests. Screw Uncle. We are in the business of building cars that must be appealing to our customers, such that they are willing to part with hard-earned money in exchange for them. If that means the cars are not “compliant” with the government’s endless laundry list of demands … well, so be it.
How long before others do something similar?
It is inevitable. Something has got to give…………..
And here’s the real dirt:
Even if VW – and everyone else – figures out a cost-feasible way to achieve tailpipe exhaust that is 98.5 percent “clean,” the Kip Chalmers of our world (read Atlas) will then demand 100 percent “clean.” Or, they will do as they already have – and begin to redefine the currently “clean” compounds (e.g., water vapor and carbon dioxide, which now constitute the bulk of the inert compounds in a new vehicle’s exhaust stream) as “harmful pollutants” and therefore subject to new federal fatwas.
This is already happening. The just-agreed-to “climate change” global fatwa, for instance.
The object you see, is not “clean” cars.
It is to get rid of cars.