At least the Obama-era “cash for clunkers” program was voluntary.
People were paid to have their older vehicles – these were characterized as “clunkers” to make it seem as though they were on their last legs and ready for the scrapyard anyhow – destroyed in order to “stimulate” demand for new cars. In fact these old cars had a lot of life left in them, as evidenced by the requirement that to qualify for the cash, the “clunker” had to have been recently licensed and registered – and that meant capable of passing both state safety and emissions tests, absent which the owner could not get or renew registration in most states.
The destroyed cars were merely older cars.
It is the difference between being an “asymptomatic spreader” and someone who is actually sick.
An entire generation of older cars were destroyed, which had the intended effect of denying an inexpensive first car to a rising generation of young Americans, who could not afford a new car.
But at least the destruction was voluntary. No one was forced to hand over a functionally sound older car – in order to force them to buy a new car.
Well, get ready for No Cash for Your “Clunker.” This time, the government won’t even pay you a few bucks to destroy your older car. They’ll just take it – and destroy it. If you can afford a new car – which will mean a new EV as that is all you’ll be able to buy – then they’ll allow you to drive.
Sounds crazy, right?
Well, so it would have seemed if – four years ago – you’d have told people the government would try to force everyone to wear a “mask” and submit to a jab full of strange drugs they were assured were “safe and effective” that proved to be neither.
We know just how crazy things can get.
And they already are, in Europe. Over there, they’ve got something called the End of Life Vehicles Directive and it’s all about ending the lives of vehicles the EU apparatchiks don’t want Europeans to drive.
Guess which ones those are.
If you guessed older, paid for and not electric you guessed right.
The EOLVD encompasses “New rules for the design and end-of-life management of vehicles (that) aim to protect the environment, decarbonise production and reduce raw material dependencies, benefiting EU industries.”
These rules have apparently just been expanded to include a scrappage requirement – it’s not voluntary – for older cars that do not meet EU inspection requirements, which are similar to the state safety and emissions requirements that cars must pass in most states here in America in order to get (or renew) their registration/tags, without which they may not be legally used on public (that is, government-controlled) roads. But at least the government doesn’t seize the cars that don’t pass these inspections.
In the EU, they will.
If an older car doesn’t pass inspection, after two years of noncompliance, the governments of EU countries consider them “waste” and subject to seizure/scrappage. The former owner doesn’t even get a check in forced-exchange for his “clunker.”
He gets to walk.
Now, the take-home point here is that this business is not likely to be confined to over there because climate communism is a worldwide business. General Secretary Klaus Schwab and his politburo – the forces that have bought operational control over the government of the EU as well as the federal government of the United States (and many states as well; viz California and Schwabite minion Gavin Newsome) are determined to use green to impose red. That this intention ought to be obvious by now hardly needs mention.
The Schwabites have literally told us their intentions (viz, the WEF’s “call” for “end to private car ownership”).
How do you suppose they intend to achieve this?
One arm of the pincer is to force off the new car market any vehicle that isn’t an electric vehicle; this is a process already well under way to the point of being almost a fait accompli.
But so long as people who do not want an EV – or who cannot afford an EV – have cars they do want and can afford, lots of people will elect not to buy an EV. Enter the other arm of the pincer, which is already pinching the Europeans. If they can’t get you to voluntarily buy an electric vehicle, they’ll force you out of your old vehicle by characterizing it as a “clunker” and forcing you to scrap it – and they’ll do that by imposing “safety” and”emissions” inspection requirements that are either too difficult or too expensive to comply with. When your “old clunker” is no longer compliant, it becomes waste – and we all know what happens to that.
It goes in the trash.
Which – ironically – is just where the Schwabites belong. Or perhaps somewhere even more appropriate than that.
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