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May 13, 2009 Manufacturing.Net
GM To Import China-Built Cars To U.S.
SHANGHAI (AP) -- General Motors Corp. plans to begin exports of vehicles made in China to the United States within two years, ramping up sales to more than 50,000 by 2014, reports said Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for GM in China did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reports, which were said to be based on a company recovery plan given to U.S. lawmakers.
GM intends to sell 17,335 made-in-China passenger cars in the U.S. market by 2011, the Shanghai Securities News and other reports said. By 2014 exports would triple to more than 51,000, it said.     More

April 27, 2009
GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac. The plan, which includes an offer to swap roughly $27 billion in bond debt for GM stock, would leave current shareholders holding just 1 percent of the century-old company, which is fighting for its life in the worst auto sales climate in 27 years. see Plan

As we said before, without energy there is no industry.
You killed the energy proposals and killed the automobile industry. We feel sorry for the thousands of great workers who are loosing their jobs.
The money grabbing "environmentalist" and their imaginary causes won. Union membership lost.

August 26, 2008
John J. Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO
"Barack Obama has made a commitment to us, and more importantly to you, to help improve our economy, give workers a free choice to join a union and ensure that everyone has the quality health care they deserve." trascript
The AFL-CIO used to support drilling, jobs and growth. Why not this year?

July 24, 2008
Jim Hoffa: "We are not going to drill our way out of the energy problems we are facing-not here and not in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,"
The Teamsters Union has been a part of a grassroots effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. Why not this year?

July 24, 2007
AFL-CIO Testimony of Robert C. Baugh, Executive Director AFL-CIO Industrial Council: "A 21st Century Energy Policy for Environmental and Economic Progress"
"The task force also recognized that "reliable and affordable electrical energy is the lifeblood of the manufacturing, transportation, construction and service industries;" …and that we must "maintain diversity in the electric utility industry, by retaining all current generating options, including fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro and renewables, to ensure a stable, reliable and low-cost supply of electricity for the United States."

March 16, 2005
Official Statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
For the past four years the Teamsters Union has been a part of a growing grassroots and lobbying effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development.     Press Release

August 11, 2004
AFL-CIO A Challenge to the Nation: Building a New Apollo Project for Good Jobs and Energy Independence
Chicago, Ill.

"America is facing two serious threats to our national security: the widening industrial and technology gap between the United States and our competitors and the vulnerability of our increasing dependence on foreign oil. "

August 11, 2001
Hoffa: Teamsters will 'turn people around' on Alaska drilling
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Labor leaders will try to "turn people around" -- specifically, key Senate Democrats -- to push forward President George W. Bush's controversial plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said Saturday.
...several Democratic senators have declared ANWR exploration dead on arrival on the other side of Capitol. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gore's 2000 running mate, and Sen. John Kerry, a possible 2004 Democratic candidate, have both said they would filibuster to block the proposal.

February 17, 1999
AFL-CIO - U.S. Energy Policy
Miami, FL

"Discussions regarding the Kyoto Protocol or global warming must include the utilization of all technologies that can reduce the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere, for example: clean coal technology, natural gas innovations, hydro, nuclear, oil, wind, solar and geothermal. The AFL-CIO reaffirms its opposition to the Kyoto Protocol."

The AFL-CIO and the Teamsters Unions hasve consistently supported all energy options:
Unfortunately, many of the politicians they helped elect have been against nuclear energy domestic oil production and labor..

Unions; 1948 to 1970

From 1948 to the early 1970's U.S. Labor Unions enjoyed an unprecedented period of growth. At the peak, in 1975, union membership was 22.2 million. A growth of almost 46% since 1948.

Energy production kept pace with the growth of labor. Oil production reached its' peak in 1970. By 1970 a significant amount of coal was mined in the West. Natural gas production hit a new high in 1972. Nuclear got off to a good start in 1974 when the 1,155 megawatt Browns Ferry Nuclear power plant came on line.

But the end was in sight. On October 17 of 1973 Iranian oil embargo started oil shortages and higher prices. A second oil crisis hit when the Iranian government was overthrown in 1979. Also in 1979 the Three Mile Island nuclear accident ended the anticipated nuclear boom.

In the next five years, 1980 to 1984 unions lost 23.28% of their members. Neither energy nor the unions would ever recover.

Energy intensive and high pollution industries declined further. Unions lost 11.94% of their members since that time.

Most integrated steel mills, that were once the backbone of the steel industry have closed. Smaller, electric arc furnace (EAF) mills, or minimills have survived by continually improving its manufacturing processes, consolidating businesses and reducing employment. Finishing mills that produce sheet metal for automobiles, appliances, cabinets are likely to loose more of their market share to overseas competitors. One of the biggest losers, the oil industry lost over 1,000,000 jobs.

Every president and most legislators have since called for "energy independence". Numerous bills were introduced but anti-energy sentiment prevails.

Statistics: U.S. Union Membership

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