Second, the engine and the water pump and the radiator was destroyed by the Cash For Clunkers program. Good parts that are often re-used ......you don't get an efficiency gain. Remember it took 1850 gallons of gas just to make the new car. It would take 18 years for the average driver of a 20mpg clunker to just pay back the 'cost' of a new car. There are tens of millions of perfectly good 7+ year old cars out there. Some of the destroyed by C4C....... and thus, just to produce that 1850 gallons of gasoline - put more pollution in the air than will ever be saved by the C4C program!As I understand it, the reasoning behind the CARS program was to encourage people not to delay new car purchases they had been postponing due to the Bush Depression. Basically a consumer-side auto industry bailout that moved future auto sales into the present. I never heard anyone suggest there would be a net gain of sales over time. In other words, the 1850 gallons of gas manufacturing a new would have been consumed at some point anyway. That was part of the point of the Edmonds article you linked to, wasn't it?
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