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Late last week, auto giant Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay out $800M to settle an enforcement action with the U.S. government and private lawsuits with car owners, after admitting that they installed emissions test-cheating devices on diesel Jeeps and trucks resulting in an additional 35,000 tons of pollution. The company is also required to recall and repair the more than 104,000 out-of-compliance Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks. Vehicle owners who are part of the private lawsuit (who bought their vehicles between 2014-2016) will get payouts of about $2,800 per owner. The AP reported that when “asked about the message the settlement would send, acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler responded: ‘Don’t cheat.’” Hmmm. Someone at the hearing should ask him about whether he is “cheating” by having EPA staff help him prepare for his confirmation hearing while the government is shut down.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Devastating wildfires in the world’s coldest region have led scientists to declare an “airpocalypse.” Siberia is being plagued by toxic fumes and wildfire smoke so thick that flights were suspended last week due to low visibility. 3.7 million acres of Northeastern Siberia have been destroyed, and with no end in sight, experts are […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]
In the U.S., about 100,000 deaths occur each year due to exposure to ambient air pollution – before the COVID-19 pandemic, this represented about 1 in 25 deaths. Air pollution is a ruthless killer that can even harm the development of babies while they’re still in the womb. That’s why it was important that the […]
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