Saturday, September 26, 2009

Back to the (electric) Future

There will be tomes written on the ex post impact of G20 on Pittsburgh... but for a moment of knitting:

Read the news today of a new electic automobile maker coming to town.  Just note the NYT story today on some of the history of the electic car

My history factoid to go with this. Before even talking of this new venture Pittsburgh is remarkably just about the only region in the US since WWII where there have been not one.. but two..  decisions y two different firms to be the site of major new automobile plants.   Of course, one wasn't completed, but there was a point when Chrysler was going to build a and even had started building the factory in Westmoreland County.  They chose not to pursue the project, but didn't choose somewhere else.  The unused site would become the Volkswagen plant (I once talked about its history here) and produced high mpg rabbits and jettas for a decade.   They were competitive in the decade coming out of the gas crises of the 70's.  So you can say we have been a 'green' manufacturer long before the current slogans??


Blogger Infinonymous said...

If you believed one-third of the economic announcements local politicians make would be realized . . . you'd be a particularly gullible yinzer.

At best, the governor, the guy running for governor, and the boy mayor are putting together a package to try to buy some jobs with public money. If they don't bleed more than anyone else is willing to bleed, the subsidized jobs will go elsewhere.


But you enjoy that anticipation, Charlie Brown. Just like Ed, Dan and Luke enjoyed that nicely timed announcement.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic that you mention VW since they are currently building a plant in Tennessee to build cars similar to the types built in the plant they closed here 20 years ago.

Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:02:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

And considering Tennessee has already given Nissan over $500M in subsidies to build a plant and locate their North American headquarters there, I'm willing to bet Tennessee gave Volkswagen a similar perk. Let's not pretend, like Infononymous does, that Pennsylvania is the only state that has ever bought jobs with taxpayer money. In fact, corporate welfare has been the modus operandi of Southern states for quite some time now. (And now you know why Daimler has a plant in Alabama, BMW has a plant in South Carolina, and Hyundai is building a plant in Georgia.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:41:00 AM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...

Let's not pretend, like Infononymous does, that Pennsylvania is the only state that has ever bought jobs with taxpayer money.

I described a competition ('who bleeds more'), which customarily involves more than one participant.

Jackson Browne's The Pretender is a great song, though.

Monday, September 28, 2009 1:37:00 AM  

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