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I don't think they're on a mission to kill diesels. They're on the same mission as every big business in the world: making money. The problem is they've forgotten that they're a government agency, not a business. They're acting like a personal injury law firm, trying to get huge paychecks out of some hippie tree-hugger getting butt-hurt.
They don't go after power companies. Why? Because power companies BUY exemptions. They don't say a word about the EU having lower emissions standards and higher fuel-quality standards than the US. They don't support initiatives to help developing countries curtail emissions which affect the global environment. But they do sue the pants off everyone of whom they don't approve.
When they sued Jesse James over his motorcycles not having emissions controls despite the engines being certified by S&S (the engine manufacturer) as clean enough to not require them, he tested one. He provided evidence in court showing his bikes polluted less than a Prius, mile for mile, plus saw an average of under 1000 road miles a year. EPA refused to drop it. He offered to recall every single unit and fit emissions controls. They declined. Why? Because they wanted to fine him into bankruptcy. And thanks to the circuit court in CA, they succeeded. Shop shut down, jobs lost, and he'll be having his taxes garnished til the completely exhorbitant fines are paid off. IIRC, the fine they levied was the retail cost of every bike he'd produced - same as what they did to VAG.
Difference is VAG is diversified enough to absorb it (though painfully). They started going after every boutique bike builder immediately after they won against James. Once they took down Big Dog, I think several others saw the writing on the wall and just folded. The precedent is set now for automotive OEMs... they're going to go after all of them until they find something else to feed their business model. Dollars to donuts GM isn't far behind til their little diesels are in the crosshairs of EPA. God help FoMoCo if they put out a diesel F150...
08 Resistol. Anarchy EFI, 5" TBE, Sinister coolant filter, Carbonite DP sensor, CSS -4" springs, reverse level, CalTracs, Amsoil bypass filter, Revmax VB/TCM, & a madly leaking radiator.