Air pollution now kills 3.3 million people prematurely every year
– more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined – with emissions from diesel engines among the worst culprits; a joint investigation
by the Guardian and Greenpeace showed hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across England and Wales are being exposed to illegal air toxicity levels from diesel vehicles. And yet such was the more or less widely accepted thinking as recently as Superbowl XLIV in 2010 – namely, that cars running on diesel fuel could be driven with a pure, unclouded conscience.
In Norway they lowered taxes on diesel cars and put up taxes on gasoline cars. This despite plenty of evidence that diesel is much more dangerous for humans and animals. But the focus was only on CO2 (food for plants, and no toxicity for humans and animals for the levels we are talking about in the atmosphere). Scandalous!
I believe the same thing held for the european union, which is why diesel at one point had more than a 50% share of the auto market in the eu compared to what, 1% in the US.
And I suspect the tax advantages extended to the fuel as well as the cars, and they taxed diesel fuel preferentially compared to gasoline.
There's all sorts of nasty crap in diesel, including lots and lots of particulate matter
Not just scandalous but also stupid.