Back in 2009, President Obama’s “[COLOR=#366388]Cash for Clunkers” program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy. During a limited time, consumers could trade in an old gas-guzzling used car for up to $4,500 cash back towards the purchase of a fuel-efficient new car. It seemed like a win for everyone: the environment, the gasping auto industry and cash-strapped consumers.[/COLOR]
Though almost a million people poured into car dealerships eager to exchange their old jalopies for something shiny and new, recent reports indicate the entire program may have actually hurt theenvironment far more than it helped.
According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
It was reported that those who were in the market for a new car already availed themselves of this program and they ended up getting socked with taxes for the supposed savings that the government said was to be had. Add into the lack of evironmental impact and actual creation of more greenhouse gases, the liberal must be proud.