By now everyone has heard of the VW scandal, but you may not have heard how it came about. Someone wanted to do good. John German is one of the lead people of the International Counsel On Clean Transportation (ICCT). It is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing vehicle emissions. John had been looking at a stream of European data that showed diesel emissions to have high NOx. Knowing U.S. emission standards were much more stringent than those in Europe, he thought showing American cars to be cleaner, he could help reduce emissions in Europe.
ICCT told researchers to take a VW Passat and Jetta, and a BMW X5 on the road to simulate ordinary driving conditions. The researchers found very high emissions being emitted. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the Passat had five to twenty times the emission standard. The Jetta was worse, with 15-35 times the standard. The X5 had low emissions. In May 2014, the EPA and Volkswagon received a copy of the data. In December, the EPA said VW was making a software change to correct the emissions problems.
Vehicles with the fix were tested by CARB in May of the next year and found emissions continuing to be high. VW kept coming up with reasons. Finally in September of 2015, VW admitted that there was a defeat device. We are told VW’s fines could reach $18 billion.
The Bible tells us not to participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead expose them. The deed and it’s long cover-up proved to be unfruitful. When light shines in a dark place, darkness flees. All this because one man wanted to do good. What type of person are you? Do you try to do good or look out for yourself with deeds of darkness?