Dealers revving up for clunkers fight

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Aug. 3, 2009

By Jim Snyder

Meanwhile, some environmental groups are urging coastal-state senators to slow down the clunkers push in hopes of improving fuel-efficiency requirements when Congress returns this fall. 

Dan Becker of the Safe Climate Campaign says dealers are basically saying to Congress: Trust us. 

“Congress should try to figure out how the first $1 billion was spent before it throws another $2 billion into the pot,” Becker said. “Did most of the taxpayer subsidy go for efficient, clean vehicles that cut global warming pollution and our oil addiction, or did people trade in old clunkers for new gas-guzzlers?”