Two Korean manufacturers of electric vehicle batteries were given $300 million to build plants in Michigan, but foreign nationals are being brought in to work the jobs that should go to Americans. The Department of Energy admits that 11 of the 18 contractors are Asian firms. North Carolina-based LED maker Cree Inc. received over $39 million from Obama's Stimulus, then opened a plant in China. Half of this company's employees are now located in China. ABB Inc. received over $16 million in Stimulus funds to create green energy manufacturing jobs, but then laid off its U.S. workers and transferred the work to Mexico. An $817,000 Stimulus contract was awarded to New Zealand's Connexionz to install bus monitors in the California city of Santa Clarita.
A Japanese subsidiary, Eurus Energy, received $91.4 million in Stimulus grants for a wind farm using 180 turbines manufactured overseas by Mitsubishi. Solar Power Industries received a $5.4 million Stimulus grant and then, because of increased reliance on imports from China, laid off U.S. workers.
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