Cash for Clunkers: An exercise in futility

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    Cash for Clunkers: Toyota passes GM as top seller - Aug. 17, 2009

    I still think it apparent that there are compelling economic and environmental benefits behind the cash for clunkers program. If each of these new cars used on average one gallon of gasoline a day, today 360000 gallons of gasoline would get us as far as 568800 gallons of gas used to get us. Which is benefiting us today as well as tomorrow.
     
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    And yet:

    54% Oppose More Money for ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program - Rasmussen Reports™
     
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    At whose expense??

    Where do you think the money for the handouts comes from, the Tooth Fairy?
     
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    True the tooth fairy's budget is a little too small for a $3 billion program. But if such a program results in things like lower demand for gasoline, a diminished dependency on "foriegn oil," and better environmental quality you and I benefit as well even if we dont receive the $4500 subsidy.
     
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    How does trashing perfectly good cars before the end of their servicable lifespans accomplish any of that??

    Seems to me you're ignoring the energy expendatures it takes to manufacure and deliver cars to begin with.
     
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    Well you're assuming that the cars are perfectly good and I am assuming that many may be starting to get crappy. But the fact is that they are no more recent than 2001 and get pretty shitty gas mileage. We're talking about cars that are getting to be over a decade to 25 years old. What is the average "lifespan" of a car in the United States, especially all those 90s SUVs that seem to be extremely popular trade ins?

    And what would the energy costs to manufacure and deliver cars be in relation to the energy savings overtime?
     
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    Instead of destroying the 'clunkers' (I saw some of these clunkers; a lot of them were nice cars), they should have donated them to Purple Heart or some other organization for those who don't have any means of transportation.
     
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    Really? You believe this? This program had NOTHING to do with the environment and everything to do with trying to boost sales for GM and Chrysler. As to the lower demand for gasoline.. if that happens be ready to pay higher gasoline taxes to make up the federal budget difference.
     
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    You know, anyone but the federal government would find a way to profit from the clunkers. Scrap metal recycling... used parts... rubber recycling..but Nooooo..
     

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