Letter to the Editor: VW scandal

The VW emissions scandal is a travesty. One take-home message from the whole ordeal shows that emissions standards do not guarantee reducing pollution. Volkswagen will certainly pay fines, but the whole industry bears responsibility for polluting the air we breathe.

Vermonters cannot look over the shoulder of every car manufacturer. However, we do not have to sit idly by. A carbon pollution tax insulates our beautiful state from the manipulation and deceit of major polluters. Let’s not wait for penalties to force action. Let’s instead take control of our own futures. Let’s demand that polluters pay for the pollution they create.

— Carolyn Dube