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Jerry McNerney pretends that green jobs are real

Original post made by jimf01 on Jul 7, 2010

Jerry McNerney's office has deployed press releases this week, pretending that laid off NUMMI workers will get retrained and start manufacturing electric vehicles in Stockton.
EVI - Electric Vehicles International announced that the Energy Commission committed to invest $1.153 million from the State's Advanced Vehicle Technology Program to develop and demonstrate EVI's Range-Extended Medium-Duty Electric Pickup Truck. Additionally, the State recently invested $494,000 from the California Employment Training Panel's AB 118 program
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Unfortunately the state money appears to be EVI's only revenue. An event in 2009 featured Gov Schwarzenegger and the exciting announcement that EVI was relocating back from Mexico to Stockton. The release promised that 150 direct green jobs would be created in 2010.
Unfortunately, this has not come to pass. According to this document Web Link from a ETP employment training panel proposal from this month (begging for more state money), EVI discloses that the company only employs 20 people, and states that their GOAL is now to "hire upward of 100 new workers within the next two years".
The same proposal also states "trainees in this proposal work in a High Unemployment Area (HUA). This is a region with unemployment exceeding the state average by at least 25%, which is now a fact, Stockton's legacy of Jerry McNerney's NUMMI fiasco, because Jerry McNerney appears only to support green technology.
If it involves supporting actual people employed by old line dirty technology companies, Jerry McNerney will only write letters to complain once the jobs are already lost, as happened when President Obama pulled GM out of NUMMI and Toyota subsequently pulled out of their half of the deal.

Of course, we also learned from PW that EVI has complained to Jerry McNerney about unfair competition in even getting the manufacturing of these vehicles off the ground Web Link
"Steve Riley, vice president of sales and marketing for Electric Vehicles International, a Stockton company, has been complaining to McNerney and others abut unfair competition from abroad."
So what does Jerry McNerney do? He proposes protectionist legislation to help his pet project in Stockton, EVI, who have a sparkling record of sucking up millions in government grants and creating 20 jobs.

Kudos to Rep Jerry McNerney, at this rate, protectionist legislation and green technology jobs will replace those lost NUMMI jobs in approximately 50-60 years and EVI will be able to sell their $180,000 truck that cannot even travel freeway speed!
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It might take that long, according to this story Web Link , EVI promised production of the MD EVI will start in late 2009 and first deliveries to customers are expected in the first quarter of 2010. Looks like we missed that target as well.

Comments (15)

Posted by Todd, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

Jim is goin' all 60 minutes on McNerney. BUMP


Posted by Rey, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

Nice try Jim. There is no way I'm voting for David "used car salesman" Harmer. He is a career politican who just hops from district to district looking to get elected. He also took government bailout money after he got fired from his last job. McNerney has 100x more integrity than Harmer.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

Rey are you with McNerney's campaign, or did you just get the same talking points? Divert and distort.

One must be elected to be a career politician. As has been repeated here, David Harmer has run for Congress twice, unsuccessfully.
David Harmer took no bailout. He received severance money from a company that bought out the company he was employed with, making him redundant. That is what is referred to as being laid off, not fired.

So you can tell lie after lie after lie to try to smear David Harmer, but if those are the best you have now, you aren't doing too well. Get together with Rae, she rather enjoys making up brand new ones.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Jim -- If you to draw attention to government waste in the energy sector, try sinking your teeth into something real, like the TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars in tax subsidies afforded annually to the oil industry.

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NcNerney's pet projects do not begin to compare to this astronomical waste of public funds for corporations like BP.


Posted by muster, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Jim,

For a "hard working" conservative, you sure find a lot of time to post on the Pleasanton Weekly forum.

It amazes me how you conservatives love to bash the idea of green jobs, but are more than happy to support and pander to Big Oil and express the need to "drill baby drill". Most conservatives are so invested in the status quo that the idea of trying something different is beyond their compression. If you haven't noticed, it's not 1952 anymore, and continued dependence on fossil fuel is completely unsustainable for America's future economic interests.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

How is there any comparison, when according to this article:

"Oil industry officials say that the tax breaks, which average about $4 billion a year...are a bargain for taxpayers...tax incentives are supporting an industry that the officials say provides 9.2 million jobs.
API says further that even with subsidies, oil producers paid or incurred $280 billion in American income taxes from 2006 to 2008, and pay a higher percentage of their earnings in taxes than most other American corporations.

Contrast it with millions going to EVI which has no product, no revenue, and has produced ZERO of the promised manufacturing jobs? A bit too early for EVI to get tax breaks, since with no revenue they pay no income taxes?!?


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I can walk and chew gum muster, why do you feel the need to personalize this towards me? If you are going to be insulting, at least get your words right, I think you were going for comprehension, not compression. You were close.

As for your comments. I am more than happy to support and pander to Big Oil and express the need to drill baby drill

You know the world still runs on petroleum. The need to innovate and move off oil is there. How about unleashing innovation and coming up with real solutions, instead of pretending EVI has technology that works and is a viable way to move off oil?

Their own documents state that the biggest, baddest truck they have costs double what a equal size diesel rig can cost, and it cannot move faster than 60 mph? I hope you don't need those boxes driven over Altamont Pass on a windy day! You will need a charging station at N Flynn Rd.


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

jim01, ''''yawn...'''

We all know you hate Representative McNerney. The Republicans vote in block most of the time, but it's not okay that Representative McNerney may have done the same thing or, at least, on the surface?


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

No Mike, I don't "hate" Rep McNerney.

I don't hate you

I hate leftist policies that are taking this country in the wrong direction

I thought you, of all, were above personal insults where they are not warranted. I am disappointed at that.

It goes way beyond voting with the progressive bloc, in this case, for Rep McNerney.

It is calculated pandering, it is catering to a pet project, it is a complete waste of taxpayer money on a electric vehicle experiment that has already failed, pretending that they will take up the slack for the loss of thousands of NUMMI jobs.


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Okay, now down to specific comments: "You know the world still runs on petroleum. The need to innovate and move off oil is there. How about unleashing innovation and coming up with real solutions.." I am in agreement. At least he's trying. Image if we still had Pombo?

So, Representative McNerney supports a "pet project" helping the environment and that's bad? And "which is now a fact, Stockton's legacy of Jerry McNerney's NUMMI fiasco," Yeah, right, it's Mr. McNerey's fault...


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

"It is calculated pandering,"

Yeah, and your point? The Republicans don't engage in this sort of behavior?

"I thought you, of all, were above personal insults where they are not warranted." I am not exactly sure where this comes into play.

Anyway, big day tomorrow. Got to get to bed, but I am very glad we live in the USA instead of Red China where our comments would be subject to arrest. Cheers.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

He is not helping the environment. The only thing this company has built is press releases.

The only thing they have manufactured is government grant proposals. So yeah, it is his fault.

Even if they get the push they need, and they launch a product, then they need protectionist policies so the product they are manufacturing doesn't get imported from Asia and sold at a lower price.

Why? Because of the extreme over-regulation that is in place here. Because of the incredible amount of bureaucracy, taxes, and red-tape our domestic corporations have to penetrate to produce a product here.

It's cheaper for US and foreign companies to produce overseas. My brother-in-law is a design engineer in Silicon Valley. He designs a prototype, they ship the design to Taiwan, he goes to Taiwan to oversee, they ship the manufacturing equipment elsewhere, he travels back to Asia to check the finished product. Those companies are doing the building (and polluting) there instead of here. How does that make the world greener or cleaner? It doesn't, it just destroys our economy.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

jimf01 is a registered user.

Yeah, and your point? The Republicans don't engage in this sort of behavior?

Simple, Mike. Call it out.

You know I will criticize both sides.


Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

jimf01 said: "So you can tell lie after lie after lie to try to smear David Harmer, but if those are the best you have now, you aren't doing too well. Get together with Rae, she rather enjoys making up brand new ones."

LOL!!! Geez "jimf01", you really can't stand it when I use *your own reference* to debunk the political purity you keep putting forward for your favorite candidate, Mr. Harmer! I guess when the truth about your candidate hurts, all you have left is spin and name-calling!


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

Speaking of govt boondoggles, did any of you read the article in last week's Valley Times about the solar panels being installed in Yosemite Natl Park?
Apparently, in true govt fashion, they are costing something like $400 million dollars to purchase and intall, so they can produce about $10 million worth of electrity a year (best case scenario). It will take approx 40 years to pay back the investment, however the panels will have replaced after about 25 years.

Jerry knows how this all works and that it is not cost effective, but he continues to promote these types of projects, even though they only appease the vocal 'green' minority.


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