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Cash for Clunkers – Not SO Green
Posted By E.B. Boyd On August 12, 2009 @ 12:53 pm In Green Living, Green Tech | 2 Comments
Back in June when I wrote about the upcoming Cash for Clunkers program, few observers actually thought many people would take advantage of it. Surprisingly, then, as you’ve probably heard on the news, it was so wildly successful that it used up its entire $1 billion allotment in a single week!
Great. But what about the environment? The program was sold in part on its carbon-cutting benefits. Giving the owners of gas guzzlers vouchers to buy more fuel efficient cars was supposed to go a long way to improving the fuel efficiency of automobiles on U.S. roads.
So what happened in practice? Here’s a roundup of a few conclusions:
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 calculated: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/05/business/econwatch/entry5217824.shtml
 calculated: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090804/ap_on_re_us/us_cash_for_clunkers_pollution
 Environmental Capital blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/08/05/cash-for-clunkers-an-expensive-environmental-fix/
 came out of: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/robbing-renewable-energy-to-pay-for-clunkers/
 were: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/politics/06clunkers.html
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