We're addicted to fossil fuels.
Just as the original VW was a very good idea (albeit one by a very bad man indeed), the internal combustion engine and in fact petroleum itself were originally a great ideas, and they saved us from multiple deadly scourges.
But our recent exposure in the "defeat device" scandal has humbled us as a company and we've realized the damage we've caused—not only in particular episodes, but across the history of our company and our industry.
It's high time for reckoning, so that all of us in the fossil fuel-based industries can move from being agents of mass death to being agents of societal transformation.
The start is to stop production of all fossil-fuel engines by 2025 as the Paris Climate Agreement requires. But that's only the start. After that, we will transform transportation. And even that will be only the start.