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Taxpayer Funding of Chevy Volt to Create Jobs In China
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 26, 2011 | Mark Modica

Posted on 09/26/2011 8:56:59 AM PDT by jazusamo

Akerson and Volt photo

It seems the promise of job creation for taxpayer funded green initiatives, such as the Chevy Volt development, is partially being kept. The only problem is that many of those jobs are going to China. General Motors confirmed last week that it would develop an electric vehicle platform in China. USA Today reports that GM Vice Chairman, Steve Girsky, stated that GM and Chinese auto company, SAIC, will develop a new electric vehicle that would draw upon the Chevy Volt's technology. Girsky also hinted that future Chevy Volts will be built in China in order to qualify for Chinese subsidies of about $19,000 per car. Girsky claims that neither China nor SAIC are demanding that GM share Volt technology. Whether they are demanding it or not, it is obvious that they will get it.

GM may try to skew media reports to downplay the fact that China will now have access to the Volt's technology; a technology that was developed with taxpayers' money. SAIC taking over development of GM's electric vehicle platform means that the taxpayer money spent on the promise of a bright green future with loads of American jobs created is now going to benefit China. The Chinese government is even more embedded in their auto industry than the current American administration is in theirs.

The USA Today piece also states that "GM plans to start exporting Michigan-made Volts to China by year's end, but isn't likely to sell many." I would say "isn't likely to sell many" might be an understatement, given the fact that the Chinese-sold Volts will not have any subsidies available until the car is built in China. The Volt is a vehicle that does not yet offer enough value to consumers to be able to stand on its own without taxpayer subsidies. I don't expect that the Chinese masses will flock to the vehicle at non-subsidized prices.

As in America, while most common folk in China will not be able to afford a new Volt, Obama cronies at GE have agreed to purchase the vehicles. AP reports that GE is partnering with GM to build EV charging stations in China and as part of the deal they will buy Volts for their Shangai corporate campus. GE has already agreed to purchase thousands of Volts in America, they now are poised to be the largest purchaser of the cars (although US government may be competing) in both America and China. In a nutshell, taxpayers fund GM and GE for electric vehicle development, GM sells Volts to GE, GE makes money building charging stations for Volts, GM moves EV development to China. What a racket!

Perhaps a Chinese developed next-generation electric vehicle will be more efficient to build than the current Volt version. It would be nice to see an electric car platform that can eventually succeed without taxpayer subsidies and crony capitalism, although it would have been nicer to see the technology developed in the US as opposed to overseas. Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars developing green technologies like those used in the Chevy Volt. It is a shame that the "investment" isn't reaping the American green jobs rewards promised by the Obama Administration.

Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: bailout; chevyvolt; china; efv; energy; gm; governmentmotors; nlpc; obama; saic
Hey Obama, what have you got to say about these jobs?
1 posted on 09/26/2011 8:57:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
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Article link not working, this one should:

http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/09/25/chevy-volt-production-create-green-jobs-%E2%80%93-china


2 posted on 09/26/2011 8:59:23 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

As long as we’re destroying our industrial base, let’s “create” a trade war, so we can at least stand up for America.

Let’s get started.


3 posted on 09/26/2011 9:00:38 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Cut the Crap and Balance!" -- Governor Sarah Palin , Friday August 12 2011, Iowa State Fair)
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To: jazusamo
This is how GM thinks that people will be excited about the Volt? Consumers are just in love with stuff made in China, aren't they. I expect this lemon to be discontinued as soon as the Regime is thrown out of office.


4 posted on 09/26/2011 9:07:02 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Nice thought, growing rice is more like it though.

The scumbag internationalistas prolly have that as part of the plan , knowing their sick humor.

5 posted on 09/26/2011 9:08:46 AM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: Lazlo in PA

If the new administration would cut off the tax credit the Volt would die immediately, without a doubt.


6 posted on 09/26/2011 9:10:46 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Lazlo in PA

I’m sure Jimmy Hoffa will be all over this....


7 posted on 09/26/2011 9:23:42 AM PDT by onona (Yes We CAIN !!)
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To: onona; jazusamo

I seem to recall that recently GM and the UAW just signed a new contract. Part of the deal was another 10,000 union jobs created at GM. Maybe the UAW didn’t read the fine print where it said those jobs would be in China.


8 posted on 09/26/2011 9:27:38 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I work for a company here in KY - we’re building a new plant to make the motors for the Volt. Non-union. Probably about 150-200 jobs for the area. Not much, but it’s something.


9 posted on 09/26/2011 9:53:36 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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To: jazusamo
all the Chinese really want is 1 Volt...to reverse engineer it, then dump GM.
10 posted on 09/26/2011 10:02:01 AM PDT by stylin19a (obama..."Fredo-Smart")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

We are in a trade war, we are just refusing to fight it.


11 posted on 09/26/2011 10:23:08 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

We are in a trade war, we are just refusing to fight it.


12 posted on 09/26/2011 10:23:24 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
As long as we’re destroying our industrial base, let’s “create” a trade war, so we can at least stand up for America.

There are people in China with the same sentiment as you, except, they are saying China should "stand up" to America.

But I have to admit, if I was playing a devil's advocate, I sort of agree with you. General Motors, gets out of the deal, huge profits. China, gets out of the deal, automotive technology. Americans look with interpretation of one of their own expanding so vigorously in China. Chinese, on the other hand, look with interpretation of a foreign car company wielding so much influence on their own turf.

Despite reluctance on both sides, I will have to agree, China is benefiting more as she is gaining technology, something she cannot do without. Whereas, GM, can do without the extra profit margin from China, albeit prefers not to.

13 posted on 09/26/2011 12:55:52 PM PDT by ponder life
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