Washington Free Beacon -- The chairman of First Solar, a company that received approximately $3.1 billion in federal loan guarantees under President Obama’s green energy initiative, said Wednesday that the majority of the jobs created by the company have been overseas.
Speaking at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, First Solar chairman Michael Ahearn admitted that most of the company’s full-time jobs are held overseas.
“In sheer numbers, most of our full-time employees are outside the U.S,” Ahearns said.
“It sounds like you’re not an American company,” said committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.). “You simply have a small presence in Ohio and Arizona.”
Issa stated figures showing First Solar employed 560 workers in Germany, 1680 in Malaysia, and 280 in Ohio.
Blog author's comments - Is anyone surprised? I hope Romney’s Election Team is paying attention! The ads are writing themselves. Obama is and has been throwing taxpayer dollars to 'green' energy companies and most of them are dismal failures.
At present and for many decades into the future oil, natural gas and coal will be needed to supply America's energy needs. This is why we should be drilling in our country and off shore. The oil is there, but it will take time before we are able to use it. The first thing which must be done is the construction of the Keystone pipeline from Canada.
The United States gets 84% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas. We depend on fossil fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles, power industry and manufacturing, and provide us with electricity. Certainly other energy sources should be developed for future use, but not the way Obama is attempting to do it.
Perhaps if Romney can pull out a win in November, many things will begin to change. Electing a Republican is not a sure fix for our problems, but it most certainly beats the alternative of having Obama in the White House for another four years.