Batteries could jolt Michigan awake

Batteries could jolt Michigan awake

There are 76 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 14, 2009, titled Batteries could jolt Michigan awake. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Tax credits are being awarded today for advanced battery projects in Michigan. They're designed to bolster the case for why companies locating in Michigan should win a bigger share of $2 billion in federal stimulus money for energy projects.

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lead me

Holland, MI

#1 Apr 14, 2009
yep. this will make up for all the other jobs that have oozed out of the state. thank you so much, Gov. Granholm. I am blown away.
tom

Middleville, MI

#2 Apr 14, 2009
'the bird' dies, and this same o, same o, is your headlien?
upnorthscott

United States

#3 Apr 14, 2009
I thought it was wind turbines, er no wait solar panels no, um wood to energy

Since: Nov 07

Littleton, CO

#4 Apr 14, 2009
WOOD TV is a Joke. They grab onto evey little bit of job news and try to blow it up to be something spectacular. This battery news is pathetic. China is so far ahead of us in that technology it's amazing.( bdy.com ) And will soon be marketing their electric technology here in the US. They are producing their batteries much cheaper than they ever could over here. These tax breaks are just ANOTHER waste of money that could otherwise be going into the States budget. WOOD TV needs to do a little research before making such ridiculous reports ! Again trying to make news out of NOTHING !

Union All The Way

“So what!!”

Since: Apr 08

Lakeview, Mi.

#5 Apr 14, 2009
What's a headlien?
Ellen

Montague, MI

#6 Apr 14, 2009
Union All The Way wrote:
What's a headlien?
Hmmm, good question! I think I have an idea, but.
Vas

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Apr 14, 2009
Here's a thought: if it takes huge tax incentives to get companies to open factories in Michigan ... how about we revamp the state business taxes so that you don't have to make special cases in the first place?
The whole 'tax credit' scheme is a failure. Sure, you're luring companies to open jobs now ... but once the introductory period of the tax credit is over, the companies will close up and move elsewhere. It's happened before. It will happen again.
Ellen

Montague, MI

#8 Apr 14, 2009
This knuckledragging governor hasn't a clue in which direction she is going to spark this economy.
All you heard about last year was how we were going to lead the way in solar energy. Now, we are going to take over making batteries. She is only grasping at whatever it takes to make herself appear as if she has a handle on it. My tip to her is, its kinda hard to see daylight when you have your head shoved in your ( a z z).
Bobby

Warren, MI

#9 Apr 14, 2009
upnorthscott wrote:
I thought it was wind turbines, er no wait solar panels no, um wood to energy
Or, just a thought, how about all of them? We need everything we can get.

I don't see you bringing any new jobs to the area.
nino

San Francisco, CA

#10 Apr 14, 2009
come on! Why is everyone so negative on everything? it seems these people love it that why. Get a life, we need anything to help the economy get going.
DMX26

United States

#11 Apr 14, 2009
Mad Taxpayer wrote:
WOOD TV is a Joke. They grab onto evey little bit of job news and try to blow it up to be something spectacular. This battery news is pathetic. China is so far ahead of us in that technology it's amazing.( bdy.com ) And will soon be marketing their electric technology here in the US. They are producing their batteries much cheaper than they ever could over here. These tax breaks are just ANOTHER waste of money that could otherwise be going into the States budget. WOOD TV needs to do a little research before making such ridiculous reports ! Again trying to make news out of NOTHING !
Get into a crash while driving a Chinese made BDY and it will KILL you, they are terrible cars. Anyone can slap an electric motor and battery in a car and call it day -- making a car run safely and reliably is a whole other story.

You should do some research before ranting about things you know little about.
Fritz

Battle Creek, MI

#12 Apr 14, 2009
This knuckledragging governor hasn't a clue in which direction she is going to spark this economy.
All you heard about last year was how we were going to lead the way in solar energy. Now, we are going to take over making batteries. She is only grasping at whatever it takes to make herself appear as if she has a handle on it. My tip to her is, its kinda hard to see daylight when you have your head shoved in your ( a z z).
right you are the solar plant in Greenville is cutting production already and the plant in Battle Creek that they were building is going to get finished but they are not going to hire now--business way down --go governor!!!! Now on to wind turbines!!!!!What is next!!!!!coconut batteries from Gilligan's Island!!!!
Becky

Allegan, MI

#13 Apr 14, 2009
This is great news for Michigan.

If you don't want a new green energy job - don't apply. We don't need negative people - in these jobs. We need good workers - who are open to new ideas.
mike

Broomfield, CO

#14 Apr 14, 2009
You people are amazing..you bitch when people get laid off...and you bitch when someone hires...You are your own worst enemy.

“Pig-O-Riffic!”

Since: Nov 08

United States

#15 Apr 14, 2009
The jobs will last until the unions come in and price everybody out of work. Until Michigan becomes a Right to Work state, we're screwed.

Union All The Way

“So what!!”

Since: Apr 08

Lakeview, Mi.

#16 Apr 14, 2009
PiggyTail wrote:
The jobs will last until the unions come in and price everybody out of work. Until Michigan becomes a Right to Work state, we're screwed.
Yeah, right to work for $8.00 per hour sounds just squiggly piggytail.

“LET'S GO RED WINGS!!”

Since: Aug 07

America

#17 Apr 14, 2009
I'm still trying to figure out how they use less energy, and make less pollution? If the batteries need to be charged, they are using electricity, which is energy obtained from natural gas or coal or nuclear reactors, which cause pollution... I wonder if the apartment building manager will put in more outlets by the parking lot for us to plug in our cars at night?
upnorthscott

United States

#18 Apr 14, 2009
Bobby wrote:
<quoted text>
Or, just a thought, how about all of them? We need everything we can get.
I don't see you bringing any new jobs to the area.
I agree michigan does need jobs. BUT how about some focus to the EXISTING jobs we ALREADY have! The new MBT killed alot of jobs, reduce taxes on our existing businesses and perhaps we will retain them instead of losing them to states such as Alabama, which offers much more than michigan.
Oh, Bobby you don't know me, I started a business 3 yrs ago. My wife started her retail last may. Did'nt care for the personal attack.
Grim Reality

New Albany, OH

#19 Apr 14, 2009
LMAO!
Detroit news reported 456,000 people have OFFICIALY left michigan.

Didn't say how many businesess have closed, or left.

My gowd, Grand Rapids alone has lost several icons of industry, including Studio 28.

less than 2000 new jobs, to replace the estimated 60,000 shes lost in the last 9 years?!!

Well for all you people stuck in michigan that cannot get out, I guess this is good news for you, if you get one of those jobs. But when you have companies like CHALLENG MFG who is KNOWN to hire illegals, what do you expect? High unemployment for Michigan Citizens, and lawfull americans.

Im one of the lucky ones.. I got pulled out of the state by an areospace company. They PAID me to move..
Wanna Stay in Michigan

Zeeland, MI

#20 Apr 14, 2009
My gosh, what a bunch of bah-humbugs. 500 potential jobs in Holland, 116 jobs in Muskegon, 3000 jobs in Allen Park (Detroit), 70 jobs in Coopersville. Shouldn't this all be good news for Michigan? Instead of always looking at who and what went wrong in the PAST ... let's look forward and be happy about the little glimmers of hope coming our way. What's gone down the drain for months and months and months is not going to turn around in a day. Be positive and thankful for every possible job that comes back into Michigan!!

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