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Bentley CEO thinks CO2 debate is too emotional

Paefgen: Don’t just blame us
Europe’s politicians must listen to carmakers before they OK tougher environmental laws, Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen said.

Concerns about climate change are real but “it doesn’t help when the debate becomes excessively emotional,” Paefgen said. “It appears cars such as ours have been singled out by some people as their favorite targets.”

He said Europe’s luxury car brands contribute to the balance of trade, employment and technology.

Said the CEO: “I would hope [politicians] consider the full effects of their policies on business, on the economy, on jobs.”

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