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WE gifted $58mil. – Now Cape Wind?

 This should serve as a lesson to Governor Patrick that throwing money at companies in industries he approves of won’t necessarily translate into success.  Instead of focusing on stimulating one particular industry, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray should turn their attention to creating an economic climate where all businesses can succeed and thrive.  Brad Jones

The Sun Sets on Evergreen Solar

The Evergreen situation shows why government shouldn’t be the decision-maker on the viability of businesses.  It further proves that the Democrat way does not work.  The philosophy of government knowing best is wrong. 

More green jobs for China

Karyn Polito has a discussion going on FB that can be joined by going to the link at the bottom of this post.  She alludes to what might be our next big ticket, taxpayer funded, mistake, Cape Winds.  That thing is already looking pretty expensive/scary for all of us, but what do we know, we simply carry the brunt of all mistakes made by our politicians who are insulated from all that we endure.

We must start getting our act together for 2012.  We all know how much Nov. 2nd hurt.

Karyn Polito

Picking and Choosing Winners for our Massachusetts economy is a strategy that is not working. Take Evergreen Solar as a perfect example of this failed strategy. Evergreen Solar was touted at a ribbon- cutting at Devens in July 2008 as being the leader of solar manufacturing with the promise of hundreds of permanent jobs for our green economy. For the jobs promise, a state gift of $58 million and a 30-year $1 per year lease of 23 acres, and we are all good to go. Well not exactly. This deal represents one of the largest public aid packages Massachusetts has provided to a private company, yet the 450,000 square foot manufacturing plant will be shuttered and 800 Massachusetts jobs eliminated. So what happened in 2 1/2 years since the ribbon cutting? Despite the passage of the Green Communities Act and the creation of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, it is a plain and simple fact that Massachusetts remains a high cost state in which to do business, and to manufacture anything. According to Evergreen’s chief executive, production costs at Devens were too high compared to those in China. So we can continue to pick winners and losers at taxpayers expense, or we can get real about creating an economic climate that is attractive to manufacturers and employers, otherwise we will continue to drive away business and hinder our ability to nurture new and growing industries. What’s the next pick to go south? CapeWind…at the rate payers expense?!/topic.php?uid=171309566236523&topic=303 


6 comments on “WE gifted $58mil. – Now Cape Wind?

  1. Sir
    January 12, 2011

    Ms. Polito is 100% correct about the Cape Wind fiasco. The taxpayers and the electric ratepayers should demand a complete investigation into the ‘no-bid’ sweetheart deal given this developer, Jim Gordon – a big donor to Deval Patrick and the Democrats. Patrick insisted on a competitive bidding process for casinos but waived that for Cape Wind. The Patrick administration issued a $90,000,000. ‘Request for Proposal’ for a taxpayer funded barge to benefit Cape Wind developers. The Patrick Administration has repeatedly lied about their complicity in Cape Wind. Finally, Wind Farms do not function in freezing weather and this project is planned for the coast of Massachusetts !! This is a RIP-OFF !!!

    • Jim Buba
      January 20, 2011

      There is a glimmer of hope that the cities and towns in the Commonwealth can be cajoled into dumping the National Grid contracts that bind its residents to a higher rate of electricity without the slightest chance in hates for receiving one stray electron from anything Cape Wind may eventually produce.

      On the environmental front, there has not been an environmental impact study commissioned or completed (Doh) for the miles of sub-marine cabling that will be transporting the electricity from windmill to land-based conversion facilities. I believe the Greenies would call this ‘Electro Magnetic Wave’ interferrence with the environment. It isn’t green and it does alter the environs.

      So where’s the objection?

  2. Sir
    January 12, 2011

    Cape Wind claims that rate increases would be nominal – Not If You Have Electric Heat !! If you live in an apartment or a condominium you will have little or no choice in this. If you are on a fixed income you could be forced into bankruptcy or require taxpayer-funded Fuel Assistance. The taxpayer will be ripped off again. If your home has electric heat and you cannot afford to change it you might lose fifty percent of your equity.

  3. Sir
    January 14, 2011

    Cape Wind is a slush fund for Democrats.

  4. AllAlongTheWatchtower
    January 17, 2011

    Customers face huge bill for wind farms that don’t work in the cold
    By Tom Mcghie
    Last updated at 1:20 AM on 9th January 2011
    The failure of Britain’s wind farms to produce electricity in the extreme cold will cost billions of pounds, create an economic crisis and lead to blackouts, leading industrialists have warned.
    To cover up the ineffectiveness of wind farms the Government will be forced to build emergency back-up power plants, the cost of which will be paid by industry and consumers.
    Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which represents major companies employing hundreds of thousands of workers in the steel, glass, pottery, paper and chemical industries, said the failure of wind power had profound implications.

  5. AllAlongTheWatchtower
    January 17, 2011

    Anybody drive into Boston on SE Expressway (I-93N) and know how many days roughly that IBEW windmill actually runs/not runs? I’d love to get stats on that…

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