GM Under Federal Scrutiny For High Carbon Emissions 

One of America’s biggest car manufacturers, General Motors, is under federal scrutiny after 5.9 million of its old cars were found to have high carbon emissions and do not comply with fuel economy standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that GM vehicles from 2012 to 2018 have high emission rates and did not comply with federal fuel economy requirements and has imposed a hefty $146 million fine on the company.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GM vehicles produce as much as 10% more carbon dioxide than was claimed in their compliance testing. The Administrator of EPA, Michael Regan, said, “Our investigation has achieved accountability and upholds an important program that’s reducing air pollution and protecting communities across the country.

However, GM has said that all of its vehicles comply with all regulations regarding pollution and mileage certification. The company also said that it is not admitting any wrongdoing and will not accept that its cars do not comply with the Clean Air Act. GM spokesperson Bill Grotz said that the root of the problem is the change in testing procedures that came into play by the EPA in mid-2016, and the owners don’t have to take any action as there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. He also added, “We believe this voluntary action is the best course of action to resolve the outstanding issues with the federal government.”

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1.3 million mid-sized SUVs and around 4.6 million full-sized trucks were found to have high emissions. The 5.9 million vehicles with high carbon emissions include the Chevy Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Silverado, and 40 other GM models. 

This news has created unrest among the people, as many believe GM knew about the high carbon emissions but still went on to produce the same vehicles. David Cooke, senior vehicle analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that it’s unbelievable that a 10% higher carbon emission went under the radar and across multiple platforms. He said, “You don’t just make a more than 10% rounding error.

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