Aug 4, 2009

Administration withholding data on clunkers

A report at the link below says the Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program. Yet the White House is pressing the Senate for a quick vote for another $2 billion to boost car sales.

Senators should demand this data which could substantiate or undercut White House claims of the program's success.

Besides replacing low-mileage vehicles with more fuel-efficient vehicles, the clunker program was intended to help the sale of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors vehicles. It hasn’t.

Ford Focus so far is at the top of the list of new cars purchased under the program. But the limited information released so far shows most buyers are not picking Ford, Chrysler or General Motors vehicles, and six of the top 10 vehicles purchased are Honda, Toyota and Hyundai.

More here.