Say, How’re Those “Green Jobs” Going?

Well, they’re going, just, going to China

Hundreds of employees of a solar panel factory in Massachusetts are looking for new jobs after the company announced that it’s moving the plant to China.

Three years ago, Massachusetts wooed Evergreen Solar to locate in a former Army base in Devens that had been converted into an office park, hoping it would help boost the state’s reputation as a hub for green industry. Now, many are second-guessing if and how government should be in the business of helping private business.

On paper, it was a match made in heaven. Evergreen moved in and began to reap millions of dollars in fringe benefits, from tax breaks to free rent and cash grants. Evergreen grew from 100 to 800 employees. This month, the state woke up to what was basically a note on the kitchen table saying Evergreen was leaving.

But, wait, Liberal World is in play

While many have directed their anger at Massachusetts for giving too generously to Evergreen, Burroughs says the problem may be that the manufacturer didn’t get enough assistance at the federal level.

“I like the idea of the state supporting an industry such as this,” he says. “But maybe there needs to be more federal support to help a company be successful.”

Got that? Without federal support, business cannot succeed. And, yes, there are more quotes along those lines. Sigh.

Fortunately, Joe Biden has some words of support for the unemployed: “just hang in there.”

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13 Responses to “Say, How’re Those “Green Jobs” Going?”

  1. Adobe Walls says:

    It is truly astounding, the fact that none of these green energy companies are able to succeed without Govt subsidies, whether it’s alternative fuels, solar or wind none of these long ago failed technologies can stand on there own in a free market. Does this deter the greenies?

  2. plainslow says:

    Or, just lower thier tax. Oh no, it has to go through the filter of the Goverment first. I forgot.

  3. Kevin says:

    I’m surprised you haven’t said a single word about what is going on in Egypt. I say screw Obama at this point, he is taking such a weak stance that I can’t possibly vote for him again. Problem is, I don’t agree with the republicans either. I guess when the phone rings at 3 a.m. Obama doesn’t answer. The Egyptian government is violating the Camp David Treaty and we are doing nothing.

  4. […] Yeah, that’s it, that’s why the solar panel factory is moving to China.  It just didn’t get its public-trough largess from the right stratum of government. […]

  5. The problem with what is going on in Egypt is two fold, Kevin. First, I really don’t know what is actually going on. I think Don Surber said it best when he wrote that all of a sudden everyone is an expert on Egypt. I’ve always liked to attach commentary to an article, but, Egypt had, up till now, been really on the fringe of the extremist Islam news, and, mostly just showed up in the travel sections. And I hate to hold forth on something I know nothing about. And, unlike with the Iranian uprising, I’m not sure if the current gov’t would be worse than a Democratic one with the Muslim Brotherhood playing a big part. It’s just so in depth, hard to know.

    Second, so many others are doing great coverage, and, with my job now, I really do not have access or time to keep up.

    However, I have to disagree on Obama. I don’t think he is doing a good job, but, not doing a bad job. This is such a difficult situation, and he has to be careful. We don’t want to end up with another Iran, right on the border with Israel and on the Mediterranean. I bet the intelligence agencies are scrambling to find out what the heck is going on for real in the background.

  6. Adobe Walls says:

    Teach when it comes time to choose between the bad result or the catastrophic result which does O’Sputnik choose?

  7. Well, he probably choose “present”, and let the chips fall where they may. And then Joe Biden will say something stupid.

    So far, I don’t think they have done that bad, but, it begs the question, is it because they are playing it calm and cool, or, are they just completely clueless as to what is going on?

  8. Kevin says:

    Yeah, after I wrote that I immediately say the error of everything I said. It isn’t a clear cut situation.

  9. Adobe Walls says:

    I think he’s playing the optics, when that calculation doesn’t enlighten his choices he’ll be utterly lost, hopefully at that moment he’ll listen to the pros who have experience in this type of thing. Given the close ties between the two militaries if he is smart he has access to what should be a good info thru back channels. But this means he has to take advice from lower level officers perhaps lower than the rank of General (this is where humility comes in handy oops) think Red October.
    Congratulations on avoiding that whole Egypt thing.

  10. Kevin says:

    And it turns out Israel allowed Egypt to enter their space so there is no violation of Camp David. Sorry for hijacking this thread with an unrelated topic. Moving on…

  11. gitarcarver says:

    One thing that has to be learned from Egypt is how wrong it is to cut off communication with the world as Egypt did.

    Yet those pesky Congress-critters with the backing of Obama are pushing forward with a plan that will enable them to shut down the internet.

    The C/Net article has a horrifying part of the bill which states: The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government’s designation of vital Internet or other computer systems “shall not be subject to judicial review.” Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include “provider of information technology,” and a third authorized the submission of “classified” reports on security vulnerabilities.

    Basically this means that the government can take over a system, ISP, center, transmission center or anything else it wants and the people are powerless to stop it because there is no judicial review.

    Cutting off the outside world is contrary to the idea of free speech, and doing so without the consent of the governed or the right to seek redress is morally, legally, and ethically repugnant.

    (Sorry for using phrases from the Constitution, but in this case, they fit so well it is impossible not to.)

    • Adobe Walls says:

      While O’Sputnik studied law I don’t think he spent much time actually in court before entering politics. Apparently he is using the Govt. to vicariously seek justice in the courts. The no judicial revue clause is only one aspect of this law that will surely be challenged. I find it ironic that our government led by a “Constitutional Scholar” is engaged in litigation with more than half the States. This has got to be a record.

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