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Evicting themselves?

November 17, 2011

Wow. I wonder what exactly the environmentalists and the unions will do when even the green businesses they LIKE have all left the state. From “Call to business: GET OUT!”

California prides itself on being a leader in the environmental movement, but now even some green manufacturers say that they can’t afford to stay there. Earlier this year, Bing Energy, a fuel-cell maker, announced that it would relocate from Chino in San Bernardino County to Tallahassee, Florida, where it expected to hire nearly 250 workers. “I just can’t imagine any corporation in their right mind would decide to set up in California today,” Bing CFO Dean Minardi said. Other California green firms staffing up elsewhere include Be Green Packaging, a Santa Barbara recycling company, which decided to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in South Carolina; AQT Solar, an energy-cell maker based in Sunnyvale, which will employ 1,000 people at a new 184,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, also in South Carolina; Biocentric Energy Holdings, a Santa Ana energy company that moved to Salt Lake City; and Calisolar, a Santa Clara–based green-energy company building a factory in Ontario, Canada, that will employ 350 workers

I’m guessing the unions will realize too late that they’ve been had by the environmentalists – who largely DO have an agenda of “no humanity is good humanity” (their present company an exception, of course)

Don’t think I’m saying that corporations should be allowed to egregiously pollute, but this is just silly….

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  1. Ellen D. permalink
    November 20, 2011 6:02 pm

    Perhaps one could argue that some of the coal plants in Texas are egregious polluters, but it seems hardly reasonable for the EPA to force a few of them to cut emissions by 47% in just a matter of a few months.

    A number of the energy companies will be shutting down their low-grade coal strip mines, resulting in laying off hundreds of workers. Upgrading the plants will cost upwards of one billion dollars. Some of the companies are just going to take them offline. It’s not as if Texas has a large power surplus, the state suffers from rolling blackouts whenever the grid is overloaded – mostly when the weather gets extreme. Electricity is expensive, at least from the perspective of someone who lived in the NW most of their life. These regulations will result in a minimum of a 10% increase. All this in a climate of economic hardship and high unemployment.

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