Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Green" Jobs Headed Overseas

Free trade is generally (and incorrectly) blamed for the off-shoring of American manufacturing, but it is increased business costs due to government regulations that drive most of it away. Here's a perfect example.

The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.

The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.

"Now what're we going to do?" said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful.

The eco-ninnies like to pretend that, by strangling American industry in the name of climate protection, they're creating a "green" economy which will generate untold numbers of new "green" jobs. Well, this plant closing exposes the reality.

Now, several other light bulb plants have already been closed across the country. So the result of their foolishness in banning incandescent light is thousands more unemployed and plants, formerly worth hundreds of millions of dollars, now reduced to the value of their shells. All of this in the middle of a jobs recession.

With the expected tax hikes, energy price increases due to CO2 controls and health care cost rises, even General Electric (one of Obama's big green supporters) realized that it was too expensive to build a new plant in the U.S.; so what "green" jobs that do come out of this disastrous legislation will be located in Asia.

Congress knows what it's done and refuses to lift a hand to correct its mistake(s). Yet some people still wonder why there's such an anti-incumbent sentiment about in the land.

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