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Robin Brown

I've been wrestling with a blog post for a while on the scrappage scheme. I don't think it's a good idea, but I don't see what the alternative is beyond letting companies fail or simply ploughing money directly into manufacturers.

Two major problems have come to a head pretty much at once and, if you're a car manufacturer, without warning: over-supply and the need for greener models. The latter is because, as I see it, governments have realised that something needs to change. The former has been brewing for years.

I think the depth and length of the recession will ultimately decide what happens here. If it's milder than expected it'll be business as usual. If not then there will be a pretty radical overhaul, and not before time. But it will come at significant economic and social short-term pain. Neither option seems desirable.

niti bhan

Joe, I think you've hit the nail on the head with your observations regarding urban life and trends but would point out that much of the US isn't really designed to be "walkable" or car less. Just the few cities like San Francisco, NYC and maybe Chicago at a pinch.

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