Cash for Clunkers

The program offers $3,500 to $4,500 for people who trade in an old car for a new one with higher fuel economy.

Is it just me, or does the idea of encouraging/subsidising people to buy a new car in an attempt to save the environment seem absurd? Subsidising new cars just means that old cars end up on scrap heaps sooner. How does this help the environment? OK, so fuel economy might be better, but why not just drive fewer kms?

Why not give a Cash for Cycles program? Throw your car away and buy a bike!

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Comment by Duncan on August 3, 2009 at 5:02pm
I agree.. all these schemes are bogus.

How long does it take to recoup the energy costs of a prius versus keeping an old corolla on the road?
Comment by Kim on August 3, 2009 at 9:21pm
I heard that the program was so successful that they had to extend the amount of money allocated to it. Perhaps they should spend more money on public transport and more importantly advertising public transport as a viable solution. My friend who is Texan said her hometown voted against a public transport system as they think it will encourage poor and the 'undesirable' to move there!!!
Comment by Colin on August 3, 2009 at 9:26pm
It's a consumerist society - people define themselves by what they buy. This extends to buying solutions to problems. The idea that the solution might involve buying less stuff is impossible for many people to grasp.
Comment by vished on August 4, 2009 at 10:22pm
The average American's view of the world is so distorted that when an American politician made a movie about the environment it he won a Nobel peace prize.
"Watch any tv show, listen to any radio program, look through any magazine or newspaper and you will come across ads showing how cars will make you cool, sexy, popular, respected, at one with nature, safe, etc. The car and oil industries spend billions of dollars each year to promote a benign image of driving, but the function of all this is to assure profits and manipulate consumers, and nothing more."
Comment by Duncan on August 5, 2009 at 9:50am
Vished... what's your point?

Yes, car companies are in the business of selling cars and making money.

Is there some surprise in that?
Comment by vished on August 5, 2009 at 9:58pm
My point is when it comes to cars and the environment the average American consumer doesn't get it...
Comment by Tony Arnold on August 10, 2009 at 5:20pm
Well, it looks as though America just threw another $2,000,000,000 on the car industry bonfire...

But some industry experts pointed out that the “clunkers” being traded in tended to be the older vehicles kept as spare cars in multicar households, and driven very few miles every year.

“The new car doesn’t replace the clunker, it replaces the previous first car in the family,” said Lee Schipper,

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