Let us note that General Electric has been in Barack Obama’s corner from day one and has positioned itself to be a prime beneficiary of the massive green scheming of America that Obama and his allies in Congress are perpetrating across our nation (via taxpayer money, subsidies, loans, mandates, rules, and regulations — an EPA in overdrive).
Dim-Bulb Dems Doom Edison’s Baby
By Ed Lasky at American Thinker
‘General Electric, the company that he founded, is closing America’s last factory for making incandescent light bulbs, victim of liberal environmental politics and zealotry.
Sadly, not only will the workers be losing their jobs — devastating another small town (Winchester, Virginia) — but the boon created by their replacements, compact fluorescents (CFLs), will not be realized in America, where they were first dreamed up and created, but will instead be enriching China.’
‘The Washington Post reports about the close of an era in an elegiac column by Peter Whoriskey:
“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. [snip]
What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs. [snip]
Rather than setting off a boom in the U.S. manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas, mostly in China.
“Everybody’s jumping on the green bandwagon,” said Pat Doyle, 54, who has worked at the plant for 26 years. But “we’ve been sold out. First sold out by the government. Then sold out by GE.”‘
‘General Electric is a key player in green politics; they saw which way the wind was blowing and threw in their lot with Barack Obama and Democratic firebrands such as Congressmen Ed Markey (MA) and Henry Waxman (CA), not to mention Democrat Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, where a carbon molecule is public enemy number one (after any random Republican). The cap and tax plan and the climate exchange market that would have arisen would have been a gift to General Electric had it not been (temporarily?) waylaid by the reality of a crumbling economy and midterm elections’
‘Wind subsidies are twenty times those given for the equivalent amount of power derived from oil and gas.’
‘But solar power has also been blessed by our saviors, Al Gore and Barack Obama, and by Democrats who shower the sector with taxpayer dollars and mandates that require utilities to purchase this incredibly high-priced electricity. These mandates push up our utility bills — but who cares about the little, bitter people out there?’
‘General Electric knows how the system works: as the number-one crony capitalist in the nation, it gets taxpayer dollars from Democrats and rewards them with donations from its Political Action Committee and free positive media. Now that is a perpetual energy machine, indeed. But like all faux perpetual energy schemes, it requires outside energy — our dollars.’
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