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Volkswagen board backs CEO, chairman in markets case

The full Volkswagen board of directors has defended CEO Herbert Diess and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch against charges the two failed to give investors timely notice of the company’s impending …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Feds: Engineer manipulated diesel emissions at Fiat Chrysler

A Fiat Chrysler engineer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he rigged software in more than 100,000 pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S. so they would …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Ford under federal investigation over emissions certification

WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co. is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over its emissions certification practices, the auto giant disclosed Friday in a regulatory filing. The inquiry …


Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud in Germany

German prosecutors have indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others on charges of fraud and unfair competition.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

EU says BMW, Daimler, VW colluded to limit emissions tech

European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO with defrauding investors

The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015, Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more …


Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles on emissions

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles because they don’t meet US emission standards.


Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating cases

Fiat Chrysler will pay a $305 million fine to the U.S. government to settle allegations it cheated on emissions tests.


Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

U.S. plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could …


Monitor urges more openness at Volkswagen in wake of scandal

The official overseeing Volkswagen’s court settlements in its diesel scandal says he is pushing back against the company’s practice of withholding some information on the grounds of confidentiality protections.


Appeals court backs $10B Volkswagen emissions cheating deal

A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a $10 billion settlement between Volkswagen and car owners caught up in the company’s emissions cheating scandal.


Oregon lawmakers look ahead to capping greenhouse gases

With the short 2018 legislative session behind them, Oregon politicians are already looking forward to pushing a cap on greenhouse gas emissions during next year’s long session.


New permit would allow more pollution from Boardman plant

A natural gas-fired power plant in Boardman run by Portland General Electric would be allowed to emit more than three times more carbon monoxide and eight times more smog-causing pollution …


In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 7:48 p.m.

Ford sued in federal court over claims of diesel emissions cheating

Another lawsuit over diesel emissions was filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. This case, filed by a group of Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners, alleges Ford cheated …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 5:56 p.m.

Judge rules state can’t enforce Inslee order to cut greenhouse-gas emissions

Dealing a setback to Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a judge has invalidated major portions of a state rule requiring greenhouse-gas cuts by refineries, fuel distributors and dozens of other …


VW plots return to relevance in U.S. following diesel scandal

Volkswagen is rolling out its plan for reselling most of the cars involved in the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing emissions

One day after getting sued by 15 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has reversed his decision to delay implementation of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

Independent monitor: Volkswagen trying to change

Former U.S. deputy attorney general Larry Thompson, who must certify the policies and practices Volkswagen is putting in place to ensure compliance with anti-fraud and environmental laws, said his “initial …


Froma Harrop: Trump won’t win car-emissions battle

Other countries are setting rules for tighter fuel efficiency. California would actually be doing the industry a favor by pushing it to make products more competitive in other markets.


French emissions probe clears Opel, but other automakers accused of fraud

French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel …


What scandal? VW closing in on title as world’s top carmaker

It’s ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title …


EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions

The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions.


California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.


VW said to reach U.S. deal to fix most tainted Audi diesels

Volkswagen has reached an agreement with U.S. environmental regulators to fix or buy back around 80,000 Audi, VW and Porsche vehicles with tainted 3-liter diesel engines, nearing a resolution on …


Dodge truck owners accuse Chrysler of VW-like cheating

Allegations of cheating pollution standards have reached U.S. automakers as Chrysler was sued by consumers who said engines in some Dodge trucks were rigged to hide that emissions were as …


2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out …


Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities

Donald Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Barack Obama achieved on energy and the environment.


Anger still flares after judge OKs Volkswagen emissions deal

A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history Tuesday, giving nearly a half-million Volkswagen owners and leaseholders the choice between selling their cars back or having them …