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August 02, 2009

Video: Cash for Clunkers Destroying Perfectly Good Cars

It would be bad enough if Cash for Clunkers was only about paying $4,500 for cars worth a fraction that much. But on top of that, the program requires the destruction of perfectly fine cars.

To disable the vehicles and permanently destroy the engines dealers are putting sodium silicate--basically liquid glass--in them.

The program was so popular in its first week that it almost ran out of money. After an evening of confusion Thursday, the House hurriedly convened Friday and provided an additional $2 billion to keep it going. Senate leaders hope to bring the bill up next week. Meanwhile, the clunkers are lining up.

"We poured it into that Dodge and it killed it in eight seconds," said Brooks, pointing to another vehicle as he put down the half-gallon jug of liquid called "Clunker Bomb." The chemical is sodium silicate. In red lettering on the bottle, it reads, "Engine Grenade," and there's a skull and crossbones over the profile of a car.

Here's one car that did not go down so easy (watch the first few seconds, then skip to the end; it's long):

A perfectly good car destroyed; net loss to society a la the broken window fallacy and courtesy global warming alarmists.


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