Your tax dollars at work

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on May 31, 2012

This might be funny if it weren't for the fact that these are tax dollars and real people's livelihood involved.

A politically connected, taxpayer-funded solar firm announced a massive round of furloughs on Friday, just weeks after its chairman told Congress his company was “financially strong.”

First Solar, an Arizona-based solar panel manufacturer that received more than $3 billion in federal loan guarantees under President Obama, has furloughed half of the 240-person workforce at its Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One (AVSR1) power plant near Los Angeles.

Green Tech Media reports that the move is “a severe blow to an already jobs-poor Los Angeles-adjacent community where studies found as many as one in three homeowners behind and/or underwater with their mortgages.”

The announcement comes two weeks after First Solar chairman Michael Ahearn told members of the House Oversight committee that the company “remains financially strong and well positioned to execute through the current market environment.”

Speaking as someone who once took furlough days, I can assure you that they're not a sign that the business is doing good and your job is safe.

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In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

New talking points just dropped in WaPo -- if that's the excuse for the raid, how does the FBI also justify letting Clinton skate when she also had docs "classified at the highest classification level"? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/08/11/garland-trump-mar-a-lago/?tid=ss_tw

The most dramatic consequences of government intervention occurred in Sri Lanka, where a 2021 fertilizer ban led to a massive reduction in yields, sparking starvation and an economic crisis that brought down the government in July.

https://michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/green-dogma-behind-fall-of-sri-lanka

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