Green jobs withering up and dying in Massachusetts

by editor on August 16, 2011

It’s a painful experience, both emotionally and financially, when you lose your job. However, given the chest pounding done by Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) and President Obama about the jobs “green energy” would create, we feel compelled to point out – because the MSM won’t – that the business world ain’t no country for old Marxist men.

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Evergreen Solar soaked up government dollars instead of sunshine

The Boston Herald has the story:

Evergreen Solar Inc., the Marlboro clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies to build an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy.

Evergreen, which closed its taxpayer-supported Devens factory in March and cut 800 jobs, has been trying to rework its debt for months.

The company also said it will lay off another 65 jobs in the United States and Europe, mostly through the shutdown of its Midland, Mich., manufacturing facility. That would leave Evergreen with about 68 workers according to a headcount listed in the bankruptcy filing.

Evergreen secured a $58 million financial aid package from the Patrick administration to help build the $450 million Devens factory. The state has been trying to recoup about $4 million in cash from the company, the once-promising poster child of the governor’s clean-energy economic agenda.

Evergreen makes solar panels – so do lots of Chinese companies that pay their workers lower wages and sell their panels at lower prices. In any commodity business, the low-cost producer always wins.

Evil, stupid private capital understands this, smart public-sector technocrats either don’t or just don’t care. Their attitude about taxpayer money is “there’s plenty more where that came from.”

There is no penalty for failure which explains why government “investments” usually do.

- Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Boston Herald

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Bruce August 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

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“The company also said it will lay off another 65 jobs in the United States and Europe, mostly through the shutdown of its Midland, Mich., manufacturing facility.”

Too bad Barack didn’t stop at the plant after his car battery plant stop.

poppajoe49 August 16, 2011 at 4:36 am

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Evergreen, which closed its taxpayer-supported Devens factory in March and cut 800 jobs, has been trying to rework its debt for months.

There’s another one in the “win” column for Barry and his economic plan!
Are we trying to compete with Spain for the most expensive/biggest failure green jobs?

deepthinker August 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

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The attitude of the money changers is “hell its just the tax payers money. They won’t care a bit how it’s wasted”. A clear example of what happens when the government gets involved in the private sector jobs.

MGAP August 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

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thatguy August 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

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” I don’t care if we spend eleventy trillion dollars on failed green projects, at least they are trying.”

Good for you. Take YOUR money that YOU have worked for, and invest it in “green” projects. As far as the rest of us, we do care what government does with OUR money.

MGAP August 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

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Uhm, that entire post was sarcasm ya’ll. Didn’t it sound kinda Oblivian?

Buck O'Fama August 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

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Yeah, the “eating kittens” part gave it away. The trouble with trying to write satire or sarcasm today is that what seems ridiculous and inane today ends up as part of a Debbie Wackoman or Barack Obama speech tomorrow. We live in an age where NOTHING is too silly to become a progressive talking point. This dopeyness, more than anything else, is at the root of our problems.

RockingHorseGuy August 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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Well, there are many libs out there that really think we DO eat kittens, so that wouldn’t have tipped them off. And where did they get that idea? Hmmmm, the main stream media, maybe the Obama Administration?

MGAP August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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I thought for sure “eleventy” would trip a flare for all but the kool aid crowd….. ;)

poppajoe49 August 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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THAT was your mistake!
You didn’t use the “Oblivious approved, new and improved, official sarcasm winkie”!

RockingHorseGuy August 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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The thing is, you can do all kinds of stuff that will set off the “this isn’t for real” flag with thinking people. And there will still be a bunch of ignorant libs that will buy it.

whiskeyriver August 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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Good shot M but you have to be carefull. Most people do not understand subtle smartass so you have to explain it to them in detail.

RockingHorseGuy August 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

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Now Obama is going to go on TV and brag about the 68 jobs he just saved. Or was that 68 million. That darn teleprompter is so hard to read.

Mike August 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

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I hope MGAP is a joke. Horseless carriages were replaced by cars because of Private business not the Government. Still blaming Bush, I should still blame Carter. By the way, doesn’t Barry have a friend, called GE, that gets all the tax breaks?