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Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in US in emissions scandal

A longtime Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he helped design and implement a software system that helped the German automaker’s diesel engines defeat emissions tests.


Washington fines Volkswagen $176 million over emissions

Washington state regulators have fined Volkswagen $176 million, saying the automaker put people’s health at risk by releasing harmful air pollutants in its emissions-cheating scandal.


Volkswagen reaches $14.7 billion emissions settlement, source says

Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming …


Former Volkswagen CEO investigated over emissions scandal

German prosecutors are investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and another unnamed executive over allegations they didn’t inform investors soon enough about the company’s scandal over cars rigged to cheat …


U.S. proposal would cut methane emissions sharply

The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to …


Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly, study says

The oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, a significant amount of the greenhouse gas but less than previously believed, a study released Wednesday …


German automakers to recall 630,000 cars, report says

German news agency dpa is reporting that several of the country’s automakers are going to recall a total of 630,000 cars following an investigation into emissions levels.


Judge says VW owners can choose buybacks or repair

An agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them, …


Volkswagen to pay $1B-plus to owners of cheating diesels

Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners of about 600,000 diesel-powered cars that cheat …


VW owners seek trial if there’s no fix in emissions case

Lawyers for thousands of people who own diesel Volkswagens that cheat on emissions tests are asking a judge to order repairs and compensation if the company doesn’t agree to a …


VW sued by big investors over handling of emissions scandal

Volkswagen’s big institutional investors are suing the automaker for $3.57 billion in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has so far seen the share price fall by …


VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.


Editorial: I-732 promises politics-neutral carbon tax solution for Washington

A carbon tax in Washington makes a lot of sense, especially the revenue-neutral plan touted by CarbonWA, a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization that is well on its way to gathering enough …


Obama greenhouse gas emissions plan will be released Monday

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from …


EPA: Clean-air rule would overturn Bush-era plan

The Obama administration is proposing new rules to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that …


G-8 climate talks divide rich, poor countries

L’AQUILA, Italy – The chasm between rich and poor on how to address climate change burst into the open at the G-8 summit Thursday, showing how difficult it will be …


G-8 leaders pledge emissions cuts

L’AQUILA, Italy – Targeting global warming, President Barack Obama and other leaders of the world’s richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 …


House panel OKs greenhouse-gas limits

WASHINGTON – A bill to create the first national limit on greenhouse-gas emissions was approved by a House committee Thursday after a week of late-night debates that cemented the shift …


Obama unveils emissions rules

DETROIT – Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more. Nearly everybody else will …


Proposal curbs car emissions

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans today to propose tough standards for tailpipe emissions from new automobiles, establishing the first nationwide regulation for greenhouse gases. It will also raise fuel …


Obama to unveil emissions policies

WASHINGTON – President Obama today plans to instruct key federal agencies to re-examine two policies that could force automakers to produce more fuel-efficient cars that yield fewer greenhouse gas emissions, …


New standards hitting the showroom

OLYMPIA – Shopping far and wide for a shiny new truck or gas-sipping sedan? There’s something important you should know. Starting with the 2009 model year, new cars sold in …