How Green Is It?
Dealers wasted no time in putting cars out of commission for the "cash for clunkers" program. This 1994 Ford Crown Victoria, at a dealership in Gaithersburg, Md., was "decommissioned" within 48 hours of the time it was turned in.
The "cash for clunkers" program was designed to move new cars off the lots, and so far it's working. But it was also supposed to help the environment by replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient vehicles. Critics say it isn't creating a market for the most fuel-efficient cars.
October 22, 2009 Energy Stars are those blue stickers that are supposed to help you choose the most energy-efficient appliances, TVs and other power-hungry gadgets. More than a third of Americans use them to pick products, but some flaws in the program have raised doubts about the ratings.