“Dieselgate would not have happened if our national governments and the European Commission had acted in line with their legal and administrative responsibilities.”
Dutch Liberal politician Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy in a draft report following the EU parliament’s investigations into the VW diesel fraud. It blamed the delay of stricter emission testing on EU executives protecting the car industry and calls to install one commissioner responsible for both air quality and the source of pollutants.
“There is no legal way for the federal government to stop us from doing things. There’s no way they can pass a proposal that says, ‘No, you can’t buy electric vehicles. No, you have to make buildings less energy efficient. You can’t have your own municipal utility, and you have to go back to generating more power from coal.”
Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, defies the notion the Trump presidency would be the end of all efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. LA is part of the C40 network of cities that act on climate change.
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