Skip to comments.When the Clunker Is Greener (Want to be green? Consider keeping your clunker)
Posted on 08/04/2009 7:46:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The wildly popular "Cash for Clunkers" program is one of a number of policies funded by this year's stimulus package that encourage consumers to make major purchases in the name of the environment. The program offers incentives for car owners to trade in automobiles getting fewer than 18 miles per gallon for more fuel-efficient vehicles. State-run rebate programs for Energy Star appliances operate similarly, encouraging consumers to replace their washers, dryers and refrigerators with new models that meet efficiency standards set by government agencies. These programs presumably benefit the economy and the environment simultaneously: Increased consumer spending helps manufacturers and retailers, while increases in fuel efficiency reduce the amount of fossil fuels consumed and greenhouse gases generated.
But these consumption-promoting policies are not necessarily a boon to the environment.
First, even when new cars and appliances are more efficient than the ones they replace, the act of replacing them entails environmental costs not accounted for in the stimulus programs. Building a new car, washing machine or refrigerator takes energy and resources: The manufacture of steel, aluminum and plastics are energy-intensive processes, and some of the materials used in durable goods, especially plastics, use non-renewable fossil fuels as feedstocks as well as energy sources. Disposing of old products, a step required by most incentive and rebate programs, also has environmental costs: It takes additional energy to shred and recycle metals; plastic components often cannot be recycled and end up as landfill cover; and the engine fluids, refrigerants and other chemicals essential to operating products end up as hazardous wastes.
Policies that encourage purchases of energy-efficient products may also increase, rather than decrease, energy use by confusing efficiency with consumption.
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With a 10% sales tax in CA it eats up most of your CFC money. Add to that the higer resitration and insurance..and in CA it really pays to keep your old car running.
We are in the market for a new vehicle, but will wait until all the CFC money is gone and then go looking. Why compete with people who are getting screwed with their “trade ins”.
“Yet plenty of used cars exceed the required 22 mpg: The Toyota Prius hybrid, on the market since 2001, gets upward of 40 mpg, and even a 15-year-old Honda Civic gets 28.”
Even with aggressive driving, my ‘91 Mazda Miata gets 27mpg in mixed driving, and that’s with over 240,000 miles on the original engine. The ‘81 Accord I used to own would do it too.
I don’t much care about how green the program is in all these other ways but I do know this - vehicles traded in under the program averaged 15.8MPG abd the new vehicles averaged 25.4MPG. That’s a 61% improvement and a fair bit less money going to the middle east & venezuela. We should see how much oil we can squeeze out and replace. Those areas are too dangerous to fund this way.
“With a 10% sales tax in CA it eats up most of your CFC money.”
...you might want to check that out....sales tax is income tax deductable in my state (North Carolina)...this was a stimulus in place prior to C4C.
P.S. I'd question the 15.8...
green weenies tell us to “reuse and recycle”..
I’m not doing that if I don’t use up the 200k+ my VW Golf is nearing...
besides, I’ve never spent more than $4500 on a car in my life and I’ve had several that lasted my 8-10 years.
Lets do some math on this. Gas is $2.33/gal here. $4500 gets you 1931 gallons. Being a clunker, lets assume 15 miles/gal. For that payoff, you could have driven the thing 28970 miles. Having bought a new car instead, lets assume youre getting 25 miles/gal - covering 48275 miles, or 19305 more than the clunker. Coulda just paid clunker owners $3000 for the extra milage, at which point they most likely would have replaced the durn thing anyway.
Im increasingly unclear as to the alleged point of this program.
25 posted on 08/03/2009 6:29:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
My 88 Camry runs just fine. I use it for my commuter car. I drive 80 miles round trip each week. I put one of those engines from Japan in it last year and it still uses no oil between changes.....Keep your clunker program Obama! I’m doing more for the environment by keeping my car with a newer engine in it....
Exactly. If I keep my 18-year-old Mazda running, that’s one less new car that has to be manufactured.
Just wait until the states start trying to fill the hole in their gasoline tax budget line items.
Say NO to Cash for Clunkers!
I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado. It has 86,000 miles on it. Yes, that right. I drive less than 9,000 miles a year. It gets about 18 miles to the gallon. How long does it take for one of these new tin cans to pay for itself?
My 2000 Acura 3.2TL luxury sedan gets 27mpg.
Yes, but without the CFC program, the 15.8 mpg 'clunkers' would have been sold in the used car market. They would have gone to people looking to trade up, possibly replacing an even older 10-12 mpg super clunker. Now they are being scrapped.
MY NEW TRUCK
I bought a new Ford f250 and returned to the dealer yesterday because I couldn't get the radio to work. The salesman explained that the radio was voice activated.
'Nelson,' the salesman said to the radio.
The radio replied, 'Ricky or Willie?'
'Willie!' he continued and 'On The Road Again' came from the speakers.
Then he said, 'Ray Charles!', and in an instant ' Georgia On My Mind' replaced Willie Nelson.
I drove away happy, and for the next few days, every time I'd say, 'Beethoven,' I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said, 'Beatles,' I'd get one of their awesome songs.
Yesterday, some guy ran a red light and nearly creamed my new truck, but I swerved in time to avoid him. I yelled, 'Ass Hole!'
Immediately the radio responded with, "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Barack Obama."
Damn I love this truck......
Not in California. You think this liberal commie state would let us keep any of our money?!