Vile Invention

Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

W.H. Auden (1907-1973), A Curse:

[The diesel engine is indeed a vile invention coz the emissions cant be controlled even after the developmemt of aftertreatment technologies (egr, scr, dpf, doc, which are on the waste side of the engine). Due to this, Volkswagen had resorted to installing a cheating software to let it appear that their cars are emissions-compliant. VW had admitted that they had installed the cheating software to 11M cars worldwide!

*The diesel engine is indeed a vile invention if we take into account the dirty emissions it had caused to our cities. Due to the difficulty of cleaning its emissions, car mfrs, VW, etc, had cheated, installed cheating software to create the illusion that their cars' emissions are within standards.

Because of this, the EU is now banning diesel cars in some of their major cities; planning to remove the diesel engines entirely in the future.