A Volkswagen Golf TDI diesel car undergoes an emissions inspection at a garage in Frankfurt am Main, eastern Germany, on September 21, 2015. Shares in German auto giant Volkswagen plummeted more than 20 percent after it emerged that nearly half a million of its diesel cars in the United States had been fitted with software that falsified emissions data. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PATRICK PLEUL   +++   GERMANY OUT

Dave Randle gives the ‘Emissionary Position’ on the VW Gate scandal

For more than a quarter of a century, the world’s carmakers have been pursuing unrealistic targets, set for them by regulatory authorities with political origins and an eye on winning brownie points from increasingly vocal ecologists. With its demand-driven rapid turnover of products, the auto-industry was the obvious subject of these targets. Power stations, whether coal, oil or gas-fired, don’t …