Episode 44 – Cheaty Cheaty Bang Bang and Cars 2

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This week we’re talking about cars and Cars!

Elise tells the story of the VW emissions scandal, which we’ve dubbed “cheaty cheaty bang bang,” about an engineering hack that allowed VW cars to fraudulently pass US industry standards during testing.

Then Olivia answers the question we’ve all been asking: is the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise propaganda for the automobile industry? Short answer is… no, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Other subjects include corporate obsession with growth, petromasculinity, and a documentary about the Pepe the frog meme.

Story #1: VW Emissions Scandal (Elise)
VW bus via Pexels

Everything You Need to Know about the VW Diesel-Emissions Scandal, Car and Driver, Dec 2019
Second Volkswagen Exec Sentenced to Prison for Diesel-Emissions Scandal, Car and Driver, Dec 2019
How VW Got Busted for Skirting EPA Diesel Emissions Standards, Car and Driver, Sept 2015
If You Own a Cheaty 2.0L VW Diesel Car, Here’s How Much Money You Can Expect, Car and Driver,
June 2016
Volkswagen: The scandal explained, BBC, Dec 2015
The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal and Accountability, The CPA Journal, July 2019
German Dieselgate trial begins without ex-VW boss Martin Winterkorn, DW, Sept 2021
Volkswagen Violations, EPA
5 years in, damages from the VW emissions cheating scandal are still rolling in, Fortune, October 2020
“Dieselgate” – a timeline of the car emissions fraud scandal in Germany, Clean Energy Wire, May 2020

Story #2: Cars and Cars 2: A Very Scientific Analysis (Olivia)
Danish Mini-EL vehicle
Dinoco logo in the Pixar universe

Olivia’s Sources:
The Roads Not Taken With Pixar’s Cars Films, Huffington Post, July 2011
Disney and Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ a Hit in Red States, Hollywood Reporter, June 2011
A dash of Wikipedia
Cars and Cars 2 on Disney+ lol

Further Reading on Petromasculinity:
The Fossil Fuel Debate’s Most Bizarre Byproduct: “Petro-Masculinity” Mother Jones
Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire, Cara Daggett, Sage Journals, June 2018
Proud Boys and petro-masculinity, Emily Atkin, HEATED, October 1 2020

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Ep. 46 – Free Leonard Peltier and People vs. Fossil Fuels World Is Burning

In the 1960s and 70s, rising leader of the American Indian Movement Leonard Peltier was known for providing mutual aid from his auto shop and advocating for Native civil rights. After a controversial trial concerning the deaths of two FBI agents, Peltier was sent to jail to serve two life sentences. Despite cries for clemency from the likes of Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, Peltier has spent over half his life in jail. This week, Elise tells his story. Then, Olivia talks about her time down at the People vs. Fossil Fuels action in Washington DC. She witnessed the first occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs since the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972 (which Peltier participated in). The demands of both occupations are eerily similar. Plus, we talk about how to get involved in current urgent actions, which climate activist is a fan of Rick-rolling, and Elise's vote for best environmental film. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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