In September, Volkswagen sparked global outrage when it admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars are fitted with special gadgets that activate pollution controls during tests but secretly turn them off when the car is on the road. In this piece in Sweden's Aftonbladet, Fredrik Gertten shares his response to what is being referred to as VW-Gate.
"They do not care about the environment. This, in a time of climate crisis, a time when we over-consume the earth's resources. World journalists and commentators need to move the focus. VW-gate is not about a big corporate public relations debacle, or stock quotes. There is a moral crisis for a key industry in our economic system. We must speak about this. So okay, I admit, I am not only sad. I'm pissed."