It would have been hard to miss. It was a full-page ad (click on the image to enlarge it).
When I saw the background imagery and the verbiage, I laughed. This is all they've got? Can you say ...
Here's what it says (in part):
First off, do you get the impression, based on the fact that the attack is so generic, that the NRDC drew up this ad with the intention of plugging a politician's name - any politician from anywhere in the country - in the wording and have the message remain the same? The intent being to use the ad in newspapers across the U.S. and simply change the name of the target. There's nothing specific to Virginia, or especially Southwest Virginia, here. It could easily have read: Every Republican in the country is for creating jobs - in China.Morgan Griffith Is For Creating Jobs - In China
Morgan Griffith wants to block clean energy legislation that will create thousands of jobs in Virginia - good jobs that can't be outsourced.
Rejecting American leadership in clean energy manufacturing and innovation will leave Virginia factories closed and allow countries like China to pull ahead.
But to the point. I've been in marketing about as long as the NRDC has been in existence. And when I first saw the background photo showing wind turbines - in an ad promoting jobs in the U.S. - I said to myself, "Are these people nuts?" Couldn't these jokers have picked an industry that has more negative connotations these days?
1) First and foremost, there are indeed some jobs - relatively speaking - in the wind industry. And most all of them are overseas already. See "China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy."
Besides China, here's a list of the top ten wind turbine manufacturers in the world (with megawattage estimates next to each) (source) and where they are from:
1. Vestas (Denmark) 35,000 MW
2. Enercon (Germany) 19,000 MW
3. Gamesa (Spain) 16,000 MW
4. GE Energy (Germany / United States) 15,000 MW
5. Siemens (Denmark / Germany) 8,800 MW
6. Suzlon (India) 6,000MW
7. Nordex (Germany) 5,400 MW
8. Acciona (Spain) 3,211 MW
9. REpower (Germany) 3,000 MW 
10. Goldwind (China) 2,889 MW
There is only one company in the United States that makes the list. One. And even that one - GE Energy - isn't really a "U.S. manufacturer." GE produces parts and finished wind turbine products in Germany, Britain, and Korea as well as here.
And isn't that the same GE Energy that announced just a few months ago that it was closing its manufacturing plant in nearby Kentucky and moving the jobs to Mexico? Want to blame that on Morgan Griffith, you nitwits? That happened on Rick Boucher's watch, if I'm not mistaken. Time for a full-page ad.
2) With all that megawattage shown above, the uninformed might think there's some serious energy being produced in this country (with a corresponding mountain of jobs to make it happen). In fact, wind energy amounts to no more than 2% of our production. 2%. That's not much more than a rounding error.
And how many of those wind jobs are here in the 9th Congressional District?
I know of 2.
How much damage could Mr. Griffith do if he wanted to?
3) Then there's the whole "clean energy is our salvation" mantra. The numbers are in. We couldn't afford it if we had all the money Obama could print. Just ask the Spaniards. They went from this in 2005:
To this in 2007:
To this in 2010:
As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.Yet the NRDC wants us to go there. Why?
La Gaceta boldly exposes the failure of the Spanish renewable policy and how Obama has been following it. The headline screams: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.”
Shouldn't a medal be pinned on Morgan Griffith for his wanting to keep us from Spanish style economic ruin?
4) Let's not forget the most important point: Jobs in Southwest Virginia. What might those "green" jobs do for us here? Get a load of this:
Two jobs will be lost for every green job created. Bloomberg, March 27, 2009:
Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain’s experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.And the impact, should Obama adopt Spain's clean energy policies, will be devastating here in Southwest Virginia where so many are dependent today on the coal industry for their very existence. You know that "clean energy" bill that Griffith's opponent, Rick Boucher, helped pass a year ago? The one that went into the history books as "cap-and-trade"? Here's what Boucher's own Congressional Budget Office estimated would result if his plan were adopted:
For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal contains about $20 billion in tax incentives for clean-energy programs. In Spain, where wind turbines provided 11 percent of power demand last year, generators earn rates as much as 11 times more for renewable energy compared with burning fossil fuels.
The premiums paid for solar, biomass, wave and wind power - - which are charged to consumers in their bills -- translated into a $774,000 cost for each Spanish “green job” created since 2000, said Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at the university and author of the report.
“The loss of jobs could be greater if you account for the amount of lost industry that moves out of the country due to higher energy prices,” he said in an interview.
"According to the three studies that CBO reviewed, under an emission reduction program, by 2015 employment in the industry would decline by 10 percent to 18 percent relative to employment without such a program. Over the longer term, employment in the [coal] industry would decline even further. By 2025, it would fall by nearly 20 percent according to the Brookings study, by nearly 30 percent according to the RFF study, and by more than 35 percent according to the CRA International study."That means thousands of jobs will be lost in the 9th District. The legislation that Rick Boucher, Democrat, supports will result in thousands of Southwest Virginians being thrown out of work.
And what will be gained?
The most expensive, the most job-destructive energy ever devised by man.
Yeah, let's go there.
Here's my take: Morgan Griffith should have helped pay for this ad. It couldn't be more favorable to his cause.
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Let's not forget this. Even Rick Boucher is running from his own handiwork when it comes to the legislation that the NRDC is so enamored of. The Kingsport Times-News, one year ago:
U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher voted for cap-and-trade legislation but said he doesn’t endorse the House-passed version of the bill.
What in God's name does that even mean? He opposes that which he supported with his vote?
Can he get away with that?
There's a headline for a full-page ad if there ever was one:
Rick Boucher Opposes That Which He Supports
November 2, baby. November 2. This bullshit has to be stopped.