Another feel good government program that doesn’t work.

California is paying drivers to get their air-polluting cars off the road, and will throw in some cash to get a newer, more fuel-efficient model.

If you’re surprised by this, you’re not alone. Only 21 Californians have actually gotten a new vehicle from this cash-for-clunkers-esque program during its first year.

Government employees even sent out over 12,000 letters notifying people they were eligible for a portion of $3 million set aside for vehicle replacement, but the complicated process and low cash incentives turned many away from getting these benefits.

After the low participation rates of the first year, the program was temporarily suspended, and remains so until the guidelines are rewritten for the program and it launches again in 2015.

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