While Chairman Zero’s Green Job Czar was busy calling Republicans “A–holes” and ranting about how white Americans were poisoning colored folk… Toyota announced it was closing one of the greenest factories in North America. The business climate in California is too hostile even for the greenest of industries.
It would be hard to find a more perfect model of this new world of commerce envisioned by the White House than the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) auto plant in Fremont, Calif., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors….
It employs only the greenest technologies. The environmentally advanced NUMMI plant has garnered 42 environmental awards — topping even its 32 product excellence awards….
But last Friday, Toyota announced that it would shut the plant and move its manufacturing operations to San Antonio, Ontario (Canada) and Japan.
5,500 workers will be out of a job. The work will be transferred to plants in Canada, Japan, and Texas. California’s government remains hopelessly clueless.
It was a sorry sight to see, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declaring after the NUMMI shutdown that he would replace NUMMI jobs with “green jobs,” forgetting that NUMMI was ultragreen.
“California is a high-tax and high-regulation state,” says Thomas Lifson, a former Harvard business professor and consultant to two of the top five global auto manufacturers. “The reality is, if you’re distributing cars in the western U.S., you can ship from Asia, from plants in Japan and China.”
Arnold is the very model of a moderate Republica, the kind David Frum and Kathleen Parker champion to take back the GOP from the “oogedy boogedy” crowd, and make it safe again for the country club set. But NUMMI isn’t the only casualty of Anhuld’s embrace of the enviro-whacko left.
For the sake of an insignificant fish, California has created a man-made drought that has devastated the state’s agricultural sector.
In the inland areas affected by the court-ordered water restrictions, the jobless rate has hit 14.3%, with some farming towns like Mendota seeing unemployment numbers near 40%. Statewide, the rate reached 11.6% in July, higher than it has been in 30 years.
Workers would be naive to think their livelihoods are high on the agenda of the green left. To appease Gaia requires sacrifices… human sacrifices.