Merkel: UK's Decision To Ban Diesel-Powered Vehicle Is The 'Right Approach'


German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled support for Britain’s plan to ban all internal combustion vehicles, although she asked European leaders in July to restrain their criticisms of diesel-powered cars.

Merkel: UK’s Decision To Ban Diesel-Powered Vehicle Is The ‘Right Approach’

Germany must fall in line with the rest of Europe as countries work on banning new diesel cars from the roads, Merkel told reporters. "I don’t want to name an exact year," Merkel said, however she did mention that their plans to eliminate gas-powered cars by 2040 "were the right approach."

Her comments come a month after she warned her British and French counterparts against demonizing automakers like Volkswagen. Merkel is facing a bruising re-election campaign.

"The chancellor has often warned against demonizing diesel motors - diesel motors emit less CO2 and are therefore more environmentally-friendly but of course we need to work honestly and of course we continue to look for other solutions," Ulrike Demmer, a spokeswoman for Merkel, said in July.

The crusade against diesel powered vehicles increased after Volkswagen was caught in 2015 duping air regulators about the amount of emissions the company’s cars emitted.

VW pleaded guilty in March to placing cheat devices on more than 500,000 vehicles. The German automaker agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the U.S. to address the scandal, and was tasked with recalling and fixing the tainted vehicles. VW was sentenced to three years of probation and forced to pay billions of dollars in penalties.

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Source: The Daily Caller

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