Bankrupt A123 Sold Off To China - Washington Says It's Cool, Now What About Those 63,000 Jobs In Michigan?
U.S. government funded and nonetheless bankrupt battery maker A123 will be Chinese. China’s Wanxiang emerged as the successful bidder in December. All the deal needed was U.S. government approval. The deal has been approved, says Reuters.
According to the report, the U.S. government committee on foreign investment approved the sale. Some members of Congress and retired military leaders warned against transfer of sensitive technology to China. In blogging circles, the deal was pronounced as good as dead. It wasn’t.
Battery maker A123, hailed by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a contributor to “63,000 jobs,” praised by Senator Levin for hiring “thousands of employees by next year,” praised again by Senator Stabenow for creating “thousands of jobs for us in Michigan,” will power the creation of thousands of jobs in China instead.
A123 had received a $249 million grant from the U.S. government. Wanxiang did bid a similar amount, $257 million, and won against Johnson Controls.
Where are Obama, Granholm, Stabenow and Levin when no one really needs them?
It's sad that the US doesn't value the importance of battery technology. Well- China clearly sees the value and now they are reaping what we had sown.
Good points. I suspect that all of these "renewables" that are being pushed by the Obamanites will never bear fruit in the long-term. They'll be Black Swan technologies we never anticipated that will displace the hydrocarbons. Things like miniature thorium reactors or ZPE sources or God knows what.
The loss of GM and Chrysler without the bailout sinking the other car companies is bunk. #1) Put in simplistic terms; the day GM/Chrysler goes bankrupt they are debt free companies owned by the former creditors. One of those creditors being the union. If they want their money back they will keep the company running. If they need capital; since they no longer have debt payments; it would be available since the slate is wiped clean. The parts suppliers would downsize if they actually lost business permanently and would continue on smaller. It is not an all or nothing thing. If they needed temporary capital to keep going, the remaining car companies could advance them the money. It is in their interest to do so. #2) Worse case....if GM/Chrysler did close down completely, the other car companies would have to increase production to fill the demand created by the X million people who would have bought a GM/Chrysler car but cannot. They would have to hire more workers and either build more plants or take over GM/Chrysler's plants and workers. Or do you think those X million people would never drive again since they cannot have a Chevy? And which companies would fill this demand and in what percent? The ones who were able to provide the best product to capture those displaced customers. Everyone wins in the long run in REAL capitalism; not the crony kind this battery company was part of. Forget Toyota and the tsunami.... Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen in the 1940s had their factories and their parts suppliers bombed into a total pile of rubble, inside a ruined and completely bankrupt country. A country later broken up into pieces. A large percent of their workforce was also dead. And they all survived that.
Nearly the entire electric vehicle industry is being propped up by unsustainable taxpayer dollars provided by stimulus. Hybrids seem to be doing ok but the EVs are going down the toilet within 24 months is my prediction. http://www.ursusamericanus.us/w/2013/02/07/government-subsidies-for-electric-vehicles-an-exercise-in-futility/