Fiskered Out

Filed in Delaware by on March 22, 2013

Delaware Fisker jobs Solyndra

This was a terrible week for Delaware business.

First came the news that Henrik Fisker, the founding partner and executive chairman of the electric car maker named after him, resigned, reportedly over the direction of Fisker Automotive’s business strategy.

Normally, news like this would come as a blow to residents hopeful for the promised jobs that were supposed to come to the former GM Boxwood Road Plant near Wilmington. Unfortunately, Delawareans are punch-drunk by now thanks to the endless stream of bad news coming from the troubled electric car manufacturer.

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Rob Tornoe is a local cartoonist and columnist, and can be seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, The News Journal, and the Dover Post chain of newspapers. He's also a contributor to Media Matters and WHYY. Web site: RobTornoe.com Twitter: @RobTornoe

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  1. Jason330 says:

    I don’t think of this as a fail. You have to try. The Governor’s epic fail is that crazy drug induced budget that cuts taxes on the wealthiest Delawareans.

    How many times does trickle down have to fail as an economic stimulus before these politicians get it?

  2. mynym says:

    In order to preserve the environment people want to invest in creating a car with high energy inputs, which has to have rare earth metals imported from China, etc… and in the end only people like Justin Bieber can afford it. Genius.

    Too bad these politicians weren’t interested in entertaining people with the idea of getting ahead of the natural gas market with more natural gas cars for the sake of the environment, national security, etc. Because apparently the Bakken fields can now be seen from space due to the amount of natural gas being burned off. It wouldn’t have been dirt cheap if corrupt politicians had been more interested in reality than entertaining themselves with exponentially expensive ideas about how they’ve been stopping a rise in sea levels, lessening a hurricane, saving the planet, causing the sun to burn less brightly… or whatever.

  3. SMH says:

    Bluewater Wind – SWINDLE
    Fisker Automotive – SWINDLE
    Delaware City Refinery – WAIT FOR IT…….

    Delaware politicians are easy marks. They couldn’t pick a winning business model if they had a tanker full of water in the middle of a drought.

    Speaking of which….why do Fire Hall Democrats always select the least intelligent among them? Good thing they’re starting to die off. The old man stench is disgusting.

  4. anonymous says:

    Mynym says, “In order to preserve the environment people want to invest in creating a car with high energy inputs, which has to have rare earth metals imported from China, etc… and in the end only people like Justin Bieber can afford it. Genius,”

    Which of course, is not true. Sample: Mitsubishi I-MIEV – $20 thousand; Chevy Volt $32 thousand; tax credits- $25 hundred to $75 hundred, plus savings on fuel. Which is in the range of the average new car purchaser. Bieber is a young spoiled brat whom no sensible person would base a sample income on – Mynym surely knows that he is making an extremely false analogy to try to make his point.

    Mynym continues: “Too bad these politicians weren’t interested in entertaining people with the idea of getting ahead of the natural gas market with more natural gas cars for the sake of the environment, national security, etc. Because apparently the Bakken fields can now be seen from space due to the amount of natural gas being burned off.”

    According to NPR News Article, Jan.2013,

    “When oil comes to the surface, it often brings natural gas with it, and according to North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, 29 percent of the natural gas now extracted in North Dakota is flared off. Gas isn’t as profitable as oil, and the energy companies don’t always build the pipes or systems to carry it away. For a year (with extensions), North Dakota allows drillers to burn gas, just let it flare. There are now so many gas wells burning fires in the North Dakota night, the fracking fields can be seen from deep space.”

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/01/16/169511949/a-mysterious-patch-of-light-shows-up-in-the-north-dakota-dark

    Is Mynym also trying to say we need “more natural gas cars for the sake of the environment, national security” If so, more falsehoods. Mynym needs to read what those in ‘national security’ have to say about climate change.

    One is not sure what Mynym’s point is, in saying, “It wouldn’t have been dirt cheap if corrupt politicians had been more interested in reality than entertaining themselves with exponentially expensive ideas about how they’ve been stopping a rise in sea levels, lessening a hurricane, saving the planet, causing the sun to burn less brightly… or whatever.”

    Care to explain what ‘you believe’ the ‘reality’ is regarding the simultaneously rising global temperature ( rapidly approaching 2 degrees F.;) currently rising sea levels and alarming, rising atmospheric CO2 levels (396.80 ppm,) acidification of the oceans, melting glaciers, polar regions, permafrost methane gas releasing, Mynym?

    http://monthlyreview.org/2013/02/01/james-hansen-and-the-climate-change-exit-strategy

  5. bamboozer says:

    Corporate Welfare never works, if it seems to at first it’s because it has a longer than usual half life like AZ. Fiskar has taken the money and run or run out or just plain skipped town. It is one of literally hundreds of examples nation wide. Beware of politicians/corporations bearing expensive gifts. If it seems to good to be true……

  6. anonymous says:

    Why is it fossil fuel interests and politicians call anthropogenic CO2 a harmless natural gas, you know, like when they exhale.

    http://www.autoblog.com/photos/airport-full-of-sandy-damaged-cars/#photo-5533346/

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