This report from OneNewsNow notes how many charities across the country that often accept older car donations are being adversely affected by the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Instead of donating the clunkers to such charities, individuals are trading them in for new, more fuel-efficient cars in order to receive the government rebate.
The specific charity highlighted in this story is Mission Solano, a homeless ministry. The executive director of the ministry argues the following:
Marlette believes the program would be more effective if dealers were allowed to donate the used cars to charities. “It will be a win-win for everybody. These cars, not only do we sell for revenue, but we use these to put our people into a vehicle,” he adds. “There are many people who can’t afford a brand new car or even $4,000 or $5,000 for a car.”
The problem is that many of the originators of this program have an ideological commitment to seeing the reduction of fossil-fuel emissions through the destruction of these “clunkers” that get lower miles-per-gallon. In their mind, providing cheaper transportation or other benefits to the individuals and families who would be helped by such charities is not as important as saving the planet from the approaching horrors of “climate change” (the new politically correct term for what used to be called “global warming”).
In reality, this is another example of the unintended consequences of government action. As in this example, most of these unintended consequences tend to be negative.