Wealthier Counties Drove Off With More ‘Clunkers’ Cash

BY Hari Sreenivasan  December 16, 2009 at 4:59 PM EST

The government’s $3 billion “cash for clunkers” program encouraged consumers this summer to trade in their gas-guzzling vehicles for more fuel-efficient ones. A county-by-county breakdown of the government’s “clunkers” spending reveals that residents of wealthier counties took more advantage of the program than ones in poorer counties, Patchwork Nation project director Dante Chinni said during a visit to the Rundown.

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