Thursday, January 20, 2011

What the f* Evergreen?!

Dear F*ing Evergreen,

You're lucky I already have my panels. What are you doing taking Massachusetts taxpayer money and investing it in another country and laying off US workers? Go f* your greedy SOB selves.

Rebecca Naylor

Dear US Government and State of Massachusetts Government,

Why are you so f*ing stupid?

Sick of you truly,
Rebecca Naylor

Here's part of the article:

Solar Panel Maker Moves Work to China

New York Times
January 14, 2011

BEIJING — Aided by at least $43 million in assistance from the government
of Massachusetts and an innovative solar energy technology, Evergreen Solar
emerged in the last three years as the third-largest maker of solar panels
in the United States. But now the company is closing its main American
factory, laying off the 800 workers by the end of March and shifting production
to a joint venture with a Chinese company in central China. Evergreen
cited the much higher government support available in China. The factory
closing in Devens, Mass., which Evergreen announced earlier this week, has set
off political recriminations and finger-pointing in Massachusetts. And it
comes just as President Hu Jintao of China is scheduled for a state visit next
week to Washington, where the agenda is likely to include tensions between
the United States and China over trade and energy policy. The Obama
administration has been investigating whether China has violated the free trade
rules of the World Trade Organization with its extensive subsidies to the
manufacturers of solar panels and other clean energy products. While a few
types of government subsidies are permitted under international trade
agreements, they are not supposed to give special advantages to exports —
something that China’s critics accuse it of doing. The Chinese government has
strongly denied that any of its clean energy policies have violated W.T.O. rules

For the rest of the article: Evergreen screws America

Just in case you have trouble with the link, you can cut and paste:

It's not rocket science US government. You can just follow the leaders. Canada and Germany.

Here's what Canada's up to:

The Canadian province of Ontario has launched a clean energy strategy to
maximize economic development while reducing pollution. A new report from the Institute for
Local Self-Reliance, details how Ontario's bold clean energy program - in just
over a year - has resulted in the promise of 43,000 clean energy jobs in
support of 5,000 MW of clean energy projects.

The centerpiece of Ontario's program is a long term contract for renewable
energy developers with a guaranteed return on investment. To qualify for
a contract, developers must source 60 percent of their project's value from
inside the province.

"The rule effectively means that no solar or wind project built in Ontario
can obtain a contract without having some components manufactured
locally," notes John Farrell, ILSR Senior Researcher and report author.

This domestic content or "buy local" rule has spurred a fast-growing
renewable energy industry in the province, with over 20 new manufacturing plants
proposed and scheduled to open in the next two years.

"The buy local provision in Ontario creates a simple, comprehensive
economic development strategy for renewable energy that is in stark contrast with
the complexity of clean energy programs and incentives utilized in the
United States," observes Farrell.

ILSR's report estimates a cost per job created of $143,000 for the Ontario
program, a cost comparable to or below non-energy related job subsidy
programs in the United States and significantly less than some recent clean
energy job creation efforts.

"A U.S. state adopting the Ontario strategy would almost certainly see a
much lower job creation costs than what's estimated for Ontario because of
our stronger renewable energy resources and higher electricity prices,"
remarks Farrell. "For example, Colorado's solar resource alone would allow it
to provide solar developers a similar return on investment at a 33% lower
price for power and its higher retail electricity price would further reduce
the marginal costs of the program and the resulting jobs."

The full report from ILSR - is available on ILSR's New Rules Project website, For more information,
contact author John Farrell at or 612-379-3815.

As for Germany, I don't remember all the details or sources and right now I'm not in the mood to blog, but Germany made a 10 year plan to "solarize" which they accomplished.

We are going to end up a third world country. It just keeps trickling down, doesn't it?

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