The House is currently looking at a Cash for Clunkers bill that would give owners of eight-year or older vehicles up to $5,000 to turn in their car or truck for a more fuel efficient vehicle. The deal sounds great for the owners of beaters, and automakers wouldn't complain much either. The most politically friendly aspect of the legislation, though, is the perceived positive impact on the environment. More fuel efficient vehicles emit less CO2 than an older model, and less oil use means less drilling. Less drilling means a decreased dependency on foreign oil. That sounds like a win, win, win, win proposition, but one organization isn't so sure.
The Fight Cash For Clunkers group claims that the legislation would do more harm to the environment than good. Aaron Lowe, vice president of government affairs for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, says Cash For Clunkers will lead to more vehicles being scrapped, which would then lead to more car waste in landfills. The group would rather owners of older vehicles take steps to improve the efficiency of the vehicles they already own.
If that makes sense to you, you probably work in the automotive aftermarket business. Aftermarket companies don't make money on new car sales, but replacement parts for old cars pays the bills. And with more Americans repairing cars instead of buying new ones, the aftermarket is in better shape. Hit the jump to view the Fight Cash For Clunkers press release, But be forewarned, you won't find any data that quantifies how landfill waste is more damning to our environment than really old vehicles with holes in the mufflers and pre-Cambrian Catalytic Converters.