One of Spain's most important green groups is claiming that scrappage (aka cash for clunkers) schemes, such as the new one in Spain, are bad business. According to Ecologistas en Acción, driving a car is not only bad for the environment, but it's also bad for administrations expecting to reap big paybacks. The ecologists claim that three studies - one in Spain, one in France and one in Germany - state clearly that investing money in mass transit systems returns twice the yield than money invested in private transport, such as cars. These studies take into consideration several factors. For instance, car factories can be delocalized easily (and the work oursourced) while a subway system necessarily stays in place. Another point mentioned by the green group is the impact cars have on society. According to their figures, the associated costs of having cars can make up 10 percent of a country's GDP: medical care for pollution-related respiratory problems, accidents, climate change, etc. Quite a high bill. Despite all these numbers, most European countries invest more in roads than in railways. Surprised?
[Source: Ecologistas en Accion]


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