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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Good Counsel For Carl Levin

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:51:22 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Batteries, LG Chem, A123, More Money, Subsidies, Technology, China, Doubling Down, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Carl Levin, Crony Capitalism, Good Advice (all tags)

    Carl Levin has a bridge to sell you over some swampland in Michigan.

    In Mid-December, Senator Carl Levin posted a position piece supporting further battery technology spending by taxpayers in Michigan.  He states:

    That's why an announcement in November by the Department of Energy was so important to Michigan. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a consortium of government, university and private-sector research labs aimed at revolutionizing battery technology.

    Fittingly, Michigan is playing a key role in the effort. The consortium, headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, will include research hubs at Johnson Controls in Holland, and on the University of Michigan campus. Dow Chemical in Midland is also a key corporate partner.

    The JCESR is nothing short of a Manhattan Project-styled effort to blow through the technical and economic limitations imposed by existing battery technology. Despite enormous progress that has allowed impressive accomplishments in hybrid vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, today's batteries are still bigger, heavier, more expensive and lower capacity than we'd like. With technical improvements, we can bring down costs, reduce our dependence on imported oil and protect our environment.

    The answer to this challenge is an effort that, as my colleague Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois put it, "brings together, under a single organizational roof, the world's leading scientists, engineers and manufacturers in energy storage and provides them with the tools, resources and market reach necessary to produce major breakthroughs."

    In other words we have failed miserably in our efforts to date, and we should really double down.

    Between the sale of battery technology to China, and a dismal failure of LG Chem to realize the investment made:

    "But now you're getting it. Reporters who visited the Michigan factory of the South Korean company LG Chem, which got $151 million in stimulus money to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, discovered workers sitting around playing Monopoly and poker. The employees said it wasn't their fault: "What do you do when there's no work?"  "
    Sure why not follow THESE successes with additional money thrown around.

    As far as going all-in with these schemes, one might better be served with the proverbial 'fool me once .." advice.  Frankly, Senator Levin should take the advice given to Harry Reid by the weeper last night.  

    At least the recipient would be 'getting it' voluntarily.

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    IDIOTS (none / 0) (#1)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:13:14 PM EST
    We are being governed by IDIOTS. I hope that soon I wake up from this recurring nightmare.

    Good council for... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:25:55 PM EST
    ...oh who is anyone is trying to kid.  Like DC cares.  Still struggling in the "two wings - same bird" paradigm, eh?

    Those that paved the curlicue light bulb lit potholed roads...

    Hell, even pork loving "Git in meh belly!" sounds like a <strike>Democrat</strike> typical east coast blowhard liberal who wouldn't dare say sh!t if he had a mouthful of bromance.

    God love ya, J-man.  But, it is  o v e r.  Nobody who is able to think is buying that "Team R" is one iota different from "Team D" after watching the oligarch dictate a Spending Bill delivered to the Senate three minutes prior to 89 frauds that sent it over to Sprinkler Boehner's 84 enabling "Team R" conspirators.  Then they reelect the same House leadership?  GMAFB.

    Why yes, give them everything they want!  No offense, but the "curve ball" is the 94% recidivism rate in the District of Corruption already had the "fantasy" titanium spine fall out its ass many, many trillions ago.

    Benishek, CD-1?  I'm done.  The "holy waah" yooper folk can have their Doctor Got Milk squish back to park alongside their Bart Stupid Obamacare vote.  He will not receive my vote ever again, so he may as well keep on kissing Boehner's ass.  Yes, that needs to find its way along the grapevine before '14.

    Tolerance is for individuals unable to attain conviction of their opinion, and beliefs.

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