Wednesday, August 05th, 2009 | Author:

Will the popularity of the government’s Cash For Clunkers Program A.K.A. The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS) help the environment?

On one hand, it would be easy to believe that taking cars that are not fuel efficient off the road would have to have a positive effect on the environment. But does promoting the purchase of new cars, even if it requires a trade in of an old car also encourage people to drive more? What do you think? Please take a second to vote in our poll found in the right column. Also feel free to leave any comments you have below!

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13 Responses

  1. No way – whatever happened to recycling? This is a waste pure and simple.

  2. The Cash for Clunkers may have a positive effect on the environment, but I think that it will be more long-term.

    Unfortunately, much of what we need to do is changing our own habits. While a shiny new car may get better gas mileage it does nothing to prevent the most environmentally damaging automotive-related behaviors like failing to repair oil leaks, maintaining a vehicle for the best performance (keeping tires properly inflated, regular tune-ups, etc…)

    The program is really more of a boost to the economy, versus the environment.

  3. Ya I would have to say that the “Cash for Clunkers” program probably won’t make a huge impact on the environment. I think there needs to be more drastic measures taken to not produce cars that are not fuel efficient and to only produce cars that are hybrids or better.

  4. I don’t think it’ll help at all, we need some drastic action

  5. Yes it will definitely put a huge impact on the environment. The old cars which are not fuel efficient they produce a lot of carbon dioxide which pollutes the environment. But by buying new cars that will not happen. So its definitely put an impact on the environment.

  6. maybe, if the government will be serious about it.
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  7. I feel it will help but that it’s only a stop gap. More drastic action needs to be taken… and is it finally beginning to be taken. Over all I’m optimistic.

  8. Doesn’t most of a car’s impact on the environment result from it’s actual manufacturing process? So any car that has already been built should be made to last as long as possible, or if you really care about a car’s impact then start walking or riding a bike.
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  9. Manufacturing energy less than I thought:
    “Some 80–90% of a vehicle’s lifetime energy consumption takes place during its ‘in-use’ phase.”
    Reference: autoindustry.co.uk/docs/74289.pdf
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  10. I think Cash for Clunker Program is good for environment. It will be helpful to make our environment the best
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    BoyP 
    August 18, 2010

    Cash for clunkers was, in retrospect, a drop in the bucket. The entire industy must change, specially since the forecast for next year sales is approximately 13+ mill units sold. To make a dent, a radical change is required. Like converting to natural gas the government fleet plus implementing a tax credit for the conversion of all 18 wheelers and the heavy fleet. All of which will create a good amount of new and sustainable jobs. Some other investment ideas on green can be found at http://www.boyplunger.com like in the case of FTK which has formulated microemulsions for the exploration of natural gas shale in an environmentally friendly way.

  12. I think it will help the people.

  13. While a shiny new car may get better gas mileage it does nothing to prevent the most environmentally damaging automotive-related behaviors like failing to repair oil leaks, maintaining a vehicle for the best performance.

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