TO THE EDITOR:
So dieselgate has cost multiple new-car manufacturers billions upon billions of dollars in fines and loss of trust among the general public because of their cheat technology — something big industry doesn't need as it struggles to continue to grow and earn profits for shareholders ("Will the diesel mess ever end?" Keith Crain, Aug. 12).
The silver lining is that the switch from funding diesel technology to electric battery cells seems much easier to adopt, in part because it may help these companies recapture some of their lost trust. It still isn't clear, however, what happens in the long run when gasoline- and diesel-powered cars give way to vehicles that run on electricity generated by coal-burning power plants — or how we're going to properly dispose of the millions upon millions of discharged batteries.
I guess one option is to buy lots of recently de-glaciered land in Greenland for the world's dumping grounds — since no one seems to care much about the effects of global warming on that remote piece of pristine wilderness.
DAVE CAVANO, Costa Mesa, Calif.