What The ‘Illegality’ Tries to Tell Us
What The ‘Illegality’ Tries to Tell Us
  • Reporter Lee Mi-yeon
  • 승인 2019.09.27 10:37
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▲"No more internal combustion engines" on a billboard
▲"No more internal combustion engines" on a billboard


Greenpeace is under police investigation for defacing an advertisement of Hyundai Motor against pollution from cars. A member of Greenpeace climbed a billboard for Hyundai Motor’s new Sonata sedan and posted a message “No more internal combustion engines.” 
“As a part of our organization’s global campaign to take action against automakers developing vehicles with internal combustion engines, we thought it is necessary to voice our opinion to Hyundai Motor,” said Lee In-sung, a climate campaigner for the local branch of Greenpeace. According to the group, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors together produce fifth-largest amount of greenhouse gases among automakers following Volkswagen Group, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Toyota, Motor and General Motors. A Hyundai Motor spokesperson said that police are investigating Greenpeace campaigners for allegedly defacing the advertisement after its security employees reported the incident to officials. The group’s members could face up to three years in prison or a 7 million KRW fine for property damage. He added that as one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, greenhouse gas emissions are inevitable. The automaker announced last month that it plans to develop a lineup of 17 eco-friendly commercial vehicles by 2025 with seven being all-electric and the remaining 10 being fuel-cell electric vehicles. 
However, the auto industry has yet to come up with a concrete plan to abolish the internal combustion engine. Getting rid of internal combustion engines is a must-to-do task in today’s environment. It is no longer about fancy words and research, but it is about immediate action.

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