relocalization not go-green:
28 September 2011 Attacking Green Manufacturing
The Solyndra accusations are really just one part ofThe Phony Solyndra Solar Scandal:
an ongoing conservative and oil-interests-funded
anti-green-manufacturing campaign drumbeat.
Long before Solyndra's bankruptcy
the Heritage Foundation was running stories like
2008's Green Jobs Are Con Jobs,
2009's The Green Job Myth Exposed,
and this year's Obama’s “Green Jobs” Pipe Dream,
Are “Green Jobs” the Answer?,
Are Green Jobs ‘Gone with the Wind’?...
Media Matters had previously exposed
the nature of this ongoing effort, in
Heritage Foundation Green Jobs Panel
- Bought and Paid For By ExxonMobil,
"( Instead of showcasing the views of
unbiased academics and economists,
the Heritage Foundation put forth a panel of
those financially connected to ExxonMobil.
... The ENTIRE PANEL Received Money From ExxonMobil. )
Even though Solyndra's investors lost out--[10.20:
our country retains the trained skilled employees,
the intellectual property, the innovators funded,
the suppliers, and the factory.
As components of a national effort to trigger a key strategic industry,
those are all still there and in the US.
The purpose of the government's involvement was to
help trigger the development of green-energy manufacturing
in the United States, not to help individual companies.
All these employees are trained,
all the researchers can take what they know
to other solar companies,
the IP is going to be sold
-- and it should be part of the conditions
that it be sold to an American company.
America's larger effort to nurture a solar-power industry
continues toward its goal
with assets enabled by this loan guarantee.
. the problem with this argument is that
even if you believe in going solar
at the expense of oil and coal,
you are also trying to partially, weakly,
break out of the political pattern we are in right now
which is to do the manufacturing in 3rd-word countries .
. any manufacturing usa does (with its high-paid labor)
can only survive if usa already has a trade-protected
subsidized customer for those products .]
Heritage Foundation’s Ernest Istook:
Green jobs are about government subsidies,--
cronyism, and job cannibalism.
They aren’t self-sustaining because they
rely on giveaways of taxpayer money
and they cannibalize existing jobs…
. that reminds me,
part of solar is getting energy for free;
a natural consequence of capitalism and high tech,
is eventually "(cannibalizing) all existing jobs .
. but the cannibalization they are talking about
is getting into solar with the intent ofgetting out of petrol .