SEMA Opposes "Cash For Clunkers" Law

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will introduce legislation to provide funding to pay people for taking old cars off the road. The "cash for clunkers" policy is intended to get older cars destroyed, to accomplish economic and environmental goals.

The economic part is a stimulus package to give people cash so that they can buy new cars. This is dubious because the program is unlikely to give enough money to old car drivers to enable them to afford a new car.

The environmental aspect is more reasonable, because older cars are the most polluting and they produce a disproportionate amount of emissions.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is urging employees of member companies to pressure congress to oppose the bill. SEMA's claims that the bill would do more harm than good by destroying cars that aren't driven much, while eliminating a source of used car parts. This is a reasoning is unsound since any useful parts could be stripped off before the cars are destroyed.

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