Cash for Clunkers Posts

It’s a good idea in theory, at least. To get old, gas-guzzling clunkers off the road and spur the sales of new vehicles, the government will provide citizens who take the cash-for-clunkers deal with a voucher for the purchase of a new car.

But as they say, the devil’s in the details. While some of the bills being floated in Congress might help prop up Detroit, whether they add up to a win for the environment is a different matter. Details in the posts and graph below.

Cash for Clunkers Bill Could Be a Clunker
April 6, 2009
Rahm Emanuel said: “You never want to waste a serious crisis.” In other words, use the momentum of addressing one crisis to advance other important policy objectives. That’s what the “cash for clunkers” bills rattling their way through Congress will do, right? Maybe not.
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Cash for Clunkers, Here and There
April 24, 2009
The U.S. Congress is not the only (or first) group considering cash-for-clunkers programs. Similar incentives are underway on the other side of the big pond.
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Short payback time highly dependent on MPG. (Full-size image in post.)

Cash-for-Clunkers Agreement: Still Not Ready for Prime Time
May 8, 2009
Congress has been kicking around the idea of paying people to scrap their old cars and buy new, more fuel-efficient ones.
On May 5, Democratic lawmakers and President Obama reportedly agreed on a one-year cash-for-clunkers proposal. Unfortunately, as far as the planet is concerned, the proposal … well, kind of clunks.
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Update on Cash for Clunkers, Fence-sitters
August 07, 2009
That Cash for Clunkers program is doing a lot better than I had predicted.
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Statistically Speaking: Cash for Clunkers Wrap-Up
August 21, 2009
With the Cash for Clunkers program winding down, here’s a look at its net impact on the nation’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
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