|Ion Yadigaroglu makes a good case for a different kind of punishment for Volkswagen in the Guardian today: To punish Volkswagen for its emissions scandal, make it build electric cars:
The EPA should mandate that Volkswagen exclusively produce electric vehicles within five years for the US market. This would remove the emissions from millions of cars, not only health pollutants like nitrous oxide but also more essentially the other greenhouse gases that threaten our whole planet. The company is well on its way to commercializing electric vehicles, and the $10bn fine could be put to better use by building a battery factory in the US to supply those electric models, creating jobs along the way. Add in an obligation for VW to equip US highways with electric charging stations and we'll have changed the transportation landscape of this country for the better.