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Study: Cash-for-Clunkers Programs Should Use Fuel Economy Rather Than Age to Maximize GHG Reductions

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Cash for Clunkers”) program could maximize greenhouse gas emissions savings by using fuel-economy based eligibility requirements rather than age-based requirements. The study also suggests that a long-term Cash-for-Clunkers program may be more suitable to CO 2 e reduction because with such a program policymakers could send a clear, long-term signal to auto manufacturers for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Univ. of Delaware Researchers Conclude Cash for Clunkers Cost Exceeded Benefit

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Burton Abrams and George Parsons of the University of Delaware evaluated the efficiency of the recently concluded Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program and concluded that the cost exceeds the benefit by approximately $2,000 per vehicle, or close to $1.4 There is a $4,200 loss to the taxpayer (the average subsidy), but the CARS participant gains $1,600 per vehicle ($2,600 in the value of the price subsidy less the $1,000 loss of the clunker). 2009) Is CARS a Clunker?

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More international criticism for scrappage schemes

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According to the group, driving a car is not only bad for the environment but it is also bad for administrations expecting to reap financial rewards. For example, car factories can be delocalised with work outsourced while a subway system needs to stay in place. Tags: Green cars Latest news cash for clunkers scrappage scheme Spain vehicle scrappage scheme

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Study finds that replacement programs that reduce vehicle lifetime can result in increased lifecycle CO2 emissions

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Effects of changes in the average lifespan of ordinary passenger cars newly registered between 1990-2000 on total induced CO 2 emissions in 2000. They also found that extending the lifetime of a vehicle contributed to a moderate increase in emissions of criteria pollutants (NO x , HC, and CO) during the use phase of the vehicle. Extending vehicle life reduces the number of new vehicles sold, with an associated decrease in energy consumed for vehicle production.

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