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Right. If you ever believed that cash for clunkers was about the environment … well, maybe if they had some sociologists design the program, they would have gotten it right.

3 Responses to “Unintended Consequences, But Just This One Time Only”

  1. pzhang says:

    I often wonder why politicians push this issue so hard, when I’m sure they are smart enough to know that the impact of c4c on the environment may not actually be that great.
    I guess anything to get re-election funding.

  2. azmyth says:

    Not only that, but don’t forget the damage to the environment that comes from actually building the new car. You need to mine raw materials, ship them to a factory, etc, etc. Every step in the process uses energy and causes some environmental damage. Even if all the new cars got better gas milage, the net damage to the environment might still be positive.

  3. Michael says:

    I haven’t read this blog in a while because of the baby, but I was curious if you had a post showing this program as a broken window, given the blog’s namesake.

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