Today, let's consider the air pollution that automobiles cause.
In 2011, California legislated a voluntary vehicle retirement program--a "Cash-for-Clunkers" program--to incentivize the state's citizens to get rid of their older "environmentally-damaging" vehicles--which are alleged to cause the majority of California's air pollution--and purchase new vehicles. California's Bureau of Automotive Repair administers the program, providing consumers $1k/ vehicle ($1.5k for low-income consumers) for unwanted vehicles that have failed their last Smog Check Test and that meet certain eligibility guidelines.
However, the Daily Signal reports, the program has been a dismal failure:
- Only 21 drivers have purchased a new vehicle through the program during its first year. Why? Many Californians were discouraged from participating in the program by those paltry cash "incentives" as well as the overly-complicated bureaucratic processes required to receive those incentives.
- The state's vehicle modernization initiative which also includes a vehicle retirement program. Since 2010, it has retired 86k+ vehicles. However, 60%+ of the vehicles retired were unregistered. In other words, they were not being driven and, therefore, not causing much if any air pollution.
- The program is also not cost-effective. The vehicle retirement aspect of the program is estimated to cost $19k/ton of pollution that it reduces. The replacement portion of the program is 226% more expensive, at $43k/ ton.
As it ends up, California's program to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars is an inefficient means to the end of speeding up the natural process of replacing older cars with more fuel-efficient models.
Yes, indeed. California is sure leading the nation...driving it straight into bankruptcy.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Daily Signal report, click on the following link:
"California Can't Convince Drivers to Trade in Clunkers for Cash."