GM and Ford accused of hiding data on global warmingOctober 28, 2020
Companies knew about the dangers of gasoline cars 50 years ago
The American edition of E&E News published the results of a large investigation, which claims that the leaders of the concerns of General Motors and Ford more than 50 years ago knew about the connection of gasoline and diesel cars with global warming. And for many decades they not only hid this information, but also opposed the adoption of laws aimed at reducing the emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere.
The most interesting thing is that in the 60s of the last century, GM and Ford commissioned the research themselves. However, they had the opposite goal: to prove the beneficial effect of exhaust gases for the atmosphere. According to the idea, greenhouse carbon dioxide was supposed to counterbalance the negative effect of aerosols, which led to a cooling of the planet.
However, scientists already then found out that the negative effects of aerosols and carbon dioxide do not counterbalance each other and that while maintaining the level of fossil fuel combustion, the Earth’s climate will change very quickly, which will entail negative consequences for humanity.
Since the research results for auto concerns turned out to be extremely negative, they decided to classify this information. Scientists were bound by nondisclosure contracts and could not then present their findings to the public.
Interestingly, the idea of using cars for the climate in the first half of the last century was generally very popular. So, it was believed that with the advent of cars, the streets of large cities like London or New York got rid of horse manure, which turned into dust and had an extremely negative effect on the health of residents of megacities.
The publication asked the press services of GM and Ford for comments. Both concerns answered that they could not comment on the actions of employees who are two generations older than the current leaders, and also recalled the multi-billion dollar investments in electric cars that are being made right now.
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