Upton touts "Cash for Clunkers" bill

Program: All Things Sustainable

Reporter: Tony Krabill

Airdate: 05/27/2009

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) stopped by some southwest Michigan auto dealerships yesterday to promote legislation providing incentives to scrap gas guzzlers for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Upton navigated the so-called "Cash for Clunkers" bill through the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.  The St. Joseph Republican says the bill will help both automakers and the environment.


The measure would provide up to forty-five hundred dollars in electronic vouchers toward the purchase of a newer car or truck that gets better gas mileage.  The trade-in vehicle would then be scrapped and recycled to build new vehicles.


But the old cars can only have a maximum combined city/highway fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon.  For trucks, it's 15 miles per gallon; which means the brand new Dodge Challenger Upton sat in front of in the showroom at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep would qualify as "more fuel-efficient."   Upton says the provision for a trade-in's maximum fuel economy was part of a compromise agreement in the House.  He says Congress must pass the bill quickly, because buzz about the bill is hurting current auto sales.


"We went to the leadership and we said, 'This has gotta happen, because otherwise this will have a detrimental effect.  The President's talked about it since the end of March, we wanna do something, let's get it going.'  And you know, for Congress, maybe some would say this is actually movin' pretty fast; so, if we can get it done in the next couple weeks, I think we'll accomplish that goal."


Upton says the "Cash for Clunkers" program would run through March 2010.  He says Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow and Kansas Republican Sam Brownback will sponsor the bill in the Senate.


The Environment Report has more analysis of the Cash for Clunkers bill.


Compromise On Cash For Clunkers


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