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Brookings analysts recommend against repeating cash for clunkers program in future recession

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However, the cost of CO 2 reduced was comparable or lower than that achieved through less cost-effective policies such as the tax subsidy for electric vehicles, the analysis concluded. Cost per ton of carbon reduced. After the “clunker” was traded in, its engine was destroyed. 677,842 clunkers were traded in between 1 July 2009 and 24 August 2009 as part of the program, which issued $2.85 The program resulted in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of only 8.58

Study Concludes Cash for Clunkers Program Is an Expensive Way to Reduce Carbon; Paying Nearly 10x the Projected Price of Carbon Credits

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The federal government’s Cash for Clunkers aims to stimulate the economy, provide relief for automobile manufacturers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. program is paying nearly 10 times the projected price of carbon credits per ton in the best-case scenario, according to an analysis of the implied cost of carbon dioxide reductions under the program by UC Davis transportation economist Christopher Knittel.

Can Electric Vehicles Speed Up As The Economy Slows Down?

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For the past few years, EVs became an increasingly popular choice amongst drivers. As a McKinsey report points out, early adopters sparked 60% growth year-on-year for the past decade.