• Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines

The Trump government waived $ 3 million in work programs that was slapped against the Milwaukee firm back in 2016

Recently, we were contemplating about Harley’s upcoming new models, ’Bronx’, ’48X’ and ’Pan America’, as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. But it looks like the Milwaukee Bar & Shield brand is not able to register any success stories today due to its current downward trend in the market.

The first hit to Harley came when it decided to close its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019 and consolidate its production in York, Pennsylvania taking considerations of customer demands.

Now, there is an uproar against the firm with multiple green peace activists, along with ten states and the District of Columbia, are slandering the President Donald Trump administration for waiving $ 3 million in pollution fines against Harley-Davidson.

Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines
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In what looks like a bad PR and press for Harley, the story we are talking about started way back in 2016 when the Obama administration slapped a $12 million civil fine on Harley Davidson for selling 340,000 illegal Screamin’ Eagle motorcycle tuners that let over the chart exhaust from motorcycles using them. In addition, the company had also produced and commercialized over 12,000 motorcycles without certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

When notified under the new agreement, Harley agreed to stop selling the Screamin’ Eagle tuners, call back for all the 340,000 devices sold and destroy them. The agreement had also stated Harley to spend $3 million for a program to mitigate pollution by upgrading wood-burning stoves with cleaner-burning stoves in northeastern communities.

Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines
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But according to the new policy within the Justice Department that came with the Trump government, “settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,”. This means that Harley-Davidson may not be concerned with putting up new cleaner stoves anymore.

Opposing this move, ten states, DC, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation Law Foundation have filed a petition on this Trump deal stating that the move is against the public interest, and moreover, Harley had already agreed to the program.

Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines
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U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan must still decide whether to approve the revised agreement. The government and Harley will be given 20 business days to respond to the filings.

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
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Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read full bio
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