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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"Green" Legislation Forces GE Light Bulb Plant to Close; 200 Employees Put Out of Work

And the "green" jobs to replace these went overseas!

Just another in a long list of examples of how the green agenda is killing jobs:

Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseasBy Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.

The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.

"Now what're we going to do?" said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful.
What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs.

The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense. But the move also had unintended consequences.

Rather than setting off a boom in the U.S. manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas, mostly in China.
Many of the workers at the plant are in their 40's and 50's and have worked at the plant for decades. They fear it will be especially difficult for them to find new work.

This same story is being repeated all over the country. One conclusion is unmistakeable: a green agenda is a jobs killer!

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