Fight "Cash for Clunkers"

The American version of the European scrappage scheme, largely know as the "Cash for Clunkers" bill, has stirred a lot of debate in the US. This time, a more aggressive initiative, set in motion by the Fight Cash for Clunkers organization is trying to emphasize the downsides of the deal. Their main argument: what will happen to the old vehicles?

"The reality is that these scrapped vehicles will be heading to landfills. It's ironic that a proposal designed to reduce pollution will actually further damage the environment," Aaron Lowe, vice president of government affairs for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) said.

The organization also believes that the true purpose of the bill is not to protect the environment, but to boost sales in the automotive industry. But we can't help wondering: isn't that the point? "While the true intention of this legislation is not to protect the environment but to financially stimulate the automobile industry in the short term, the hidden costs of this bill could cause environmental havoc indefinitely," added Lowe.

Similar programs work with various degrees of success in Europe and until now nobody has complained about them. Of course, we don't pretend to know the exact provisions of the "Cash for Clunkers' bill, but really, is it that bad? The Fight Cash for Clunkers organization says it is...

"Cash for Clunkers is loaded with so many potholes that the American people will be paying a steep bill both economically and environmentally for a long time," continued Lowe. "In addition to the wasteful nature of destroying perfectly good vehicles, a tremendous amount of energy and resources will be exhausted to build new vehicles to replace the scrapped ones."

If you haven't figure it out by now, we stand behind this type on initiatives. Until such time when the economic crisis has passed and on the country's streets we'll see nothing but Insight and Prius, this is the only way to get things moving. The organization though wants "tax credits to help upgrade, repair or maintain older vehicles, as well as tax deductions for interest on car loans and state sales tax".

The Fight Cash for Clunkers organization has set up a website where you can say no to the bill, should, for a reason which eludes us, you agree with them. To do so, follow this link.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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