As you are aware, InterNACHI is a world leader in the green movement: www.nachi.org/green.htm
The federal government, in order to drum up sales for their own bankrupt car company it bought with taxpayer money, is spending even more taxpayer money with its Cash-for-Clunkers program, which entices people (with $4500 that the recipient has to pay tax on) to spend or borrow (instead of save) to buy a very quickly depreciating asset (new car).
The government’s Cash-for-Clunkers program requires dealers to destroy the engines of the traded-in clunkers in order to receive the federal reimbursement. The dealers destroy the engines by draining the car’s oil and flooding the engine with sodium silicate, or liquid glass, then revving the engine to ruin it.
This is hard on the environment as ruining a car’s engine also destroys about 30% of a car’s recycling value and leaves fewer salvageable parts for recyclers.
Furthermore, every new car built costs the energy equivalent of 50,000 miles of gasoline (2,000 gallons). It is better for the environment to keep older cars operational than to waste additional energy and resources building new cars, even new hybrid cars that get much better gas mileage.
Under the government program, the cars being traded in must have been insured for the past year, which means their program destroys perfectly drivable cars. The government is paying dealers with taxpayer money to destroy assets and harm our environment. What a waste!
Don’t spend your savings or borrow to harm the environment.
I’m personally offering 20 free $100 gift cards from www.InspectorOutlet.com to the first 20 members who post a picture of themselves standing next to an older model car, van, SUV or truck.
The offer relies on the *honor system:
- The vehicle must be yours or your inspection company’s.
- The vehicle must be at least 10 years old.
- The vehicle must be operable and in use.
Each of the first 20 members to post a PIC on this thread of themselves with their clunker win a $100 gift card from www.InspectorOutlet.com Buy inspection books, tools, T-shirts, or whatever. First 20 to post their PIC win.