Will Green Stimulus Money Go to China?
by The Electrical Worker, Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 10:09:40 AM EST
I am deeply concerned that if not done properly, our efforts to rejuvenate our manufacturing base in this country could be unseated by subsidized imports from countries seeking to capitalize on new demand for clean energy products. ... The project should create 2,800 jobs--of which 15 percent would be in the U.S. The rest would flow to China, where Shenyang employs 800 people.The Wall Street Journal cites Elizabeth Salerno, a spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association, who says that--in the first three quarters of 2009--there were 33 percent fewer announcements of U.S. turbine-factory expansions than in the comparable period of 2008. In a posting on the Campaign for America's Future blog, Natasha Chart proposes expanding wind energy development by passing more feed-in tariffs that set mandates for renewable sources and `buy America' policies that require state and local governments to shop at home. Says International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Edwin D. Hill:
If we are to bring our nation's working families back from tough economic times, we need public policy that truly supports our domestic manufacturing base, not more outsourcing of our infrastructure.