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The car companies conned us all. They’ve been selling us diesel vehicles that they claimed were the “green” choice.

But they lied. They manipulated emissions tests and sold us diesel cars that emit far more toxic fumes than they are supposed to. [1] As a result, they have made air pollution worse.

The only way to have clean air for us all to breathe is to ditch dirty fuels like diesel - and petrol -  completely.

Tell the car companies to ditch diesel and switch to 100% electric.

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You might have bought a diesel car in good faith, like many other people concerned about the environment. And why wouldn’t you! They were hailed as the green choice, the solution to our petrol and CO2 problems.

But we now know that we were all misled and lied to. Car makers manipulated industry emissions tests. In the case of VW, they even went as far as fitting their cars with a ‘defeat device’ that would help them cheat the test. [2] The car industry also repeatedly lobbied against laws that would make engines cleaner [3].

All the while our cities are failing to meet air quality standards. Air pollution affects us all: 8 out of 10 people in the UK live in cities and air pollution can contribute to serious conditions like heart disease and asthma. [4]

It’s not drivers’ fault. The car industry lied. So now it’s up to them to clean up this mess.

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Electric cars are happening - they’re not a futuristic pipe dream. Most car makers already have at least one electric model in their range. Infrastructure like charging points is becoming more widespread. And most models can now also do long distances between charges.

Right now, they’re not cheap. But as more people want electric cars, the costs will also come down. So, in order to feed that demand, car brands need to make a deliberate switch and invest their resources into the technology to make great electric cars.

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I know that many people need to drive, for work or family reasons. That’s exactly why it’s the car companies who need to take the responsibility for cleaning up the industry and making cars that don’t harm our health or the planet. 

As consumers we can be strong. Together, we have forced banks to stop funding rainforest destruction and convinced supermarkets to stop selling unsustainable tuna. Now, if drivers and non-drivers alike come together, we can also send a powerful message to tell car makers to clean up the car industry.

You can read more about how car companies conned people in this blog here: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/time-to-clean-up-car-industry-20170321 

[1] https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/dieselgate-who-what-how
[2] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/25/vw-emissions-scandal-seven-days
[3] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/28/eu-emissions-limits-nox-car-manufacturers
[4] https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2009/aug/18/percentage-population-living-cities

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