Green Stupidity: 3 jobs created after millions of dollars spent on green energy
When the New Hampshire-based “green energy” company Mascoma Corp. was awarded its first multimillion-dollar grant by the state of Michigan in 2008, it promised to create at least 70 jobs by the end of 2012. Since then, the company has received an addition $100 million from federal government and has only created three jobs.
“This is a bad energy project,” Pat Egan, who lives near the plant in Kinross, Mich., told Michigan Capitol Confidential. “There haven’t been any jobs yet … the politicians are driving them towards a short-sighted approach.”
From 2008: Mascoma CEO Bruce Jamerson, Beth Stanek, General Motors’ director of energy and environment policy, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. (Credit: CNET)
When the people of Michigan were footed the bill for $20 million grant, state lawmakers hailed it as a milestone in the quest for clean, renewable energy.
“Michigan is proud to partner with Mascoma as a part of our commitment to lead the nation in alternative energy production,” former Gov. Jennifer Granholm said on Oct. 7, 2008. “This company, and their partners, will create jobs in Michigan.”
And she wasn’t the only one.
“I am pleased to have played a role in helping to bring this significant investment to Chippewa County,” said former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak on Oct. 15, 2008.
Rep. Stupak? Oh, we remember him.