Numbers Tell the Green Tale

no more cash for clunkersThe now defunct Cash for Clunkers program was a resounding success. It took 700,000 gas guzzlers off the roads, an amazing testament to what hopefully is the forerunner of other “green” federal programs.

To really get the full impact of the program’s effect on the environment, you have to study the contrasts.

The average fuel economy of the trade-ins was 15.8 miles per gallon. The average fuel economy of new cars purchased was 24.9 mpg. That’s a 58% increase!

Personally, I’d have liked to see higher mpg numbers, but not bad for a first go-round with a federally run, help-the-environment program.

“This is a win for the economy, a win for the environment, and a win for American consumers,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

So now it’s on to Cash for Appliance Clunkers, the next program the Feds are hoping will take energy guzzlers out of the kitchen. Will it be at least as successful or will folks hold onto their old favorites?

What would you trade in and why? Write and let me know.