Lithuanian environmental minister has declared war on polluters


Old clunkers better than new VW diesels?

The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment last week commissioned studies to clarify the extent of the damage caused by the VW emission scandal.

A joke, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas scoffs:

For two decades the country has been known as Europe’s car graveyard. Now our environmental minister has declared war on polluters. … He’s convinced that Volkswagen’s new diesel cars will pollute our environment far more than the 20-year-old wrecks that fill our streets. … One gets the impression that what the big conservationists prefer is what they see on our roads today: old VW Passats put together using parts from three different cars and engulfed in clouds of smoke, which will in turn stripped down to donate parts to a couple more VW Passats that are just as old.



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