The renewable fuels mandate — 15 percent from alternative sources like wind, solar, biomass — would hit the southeastern states particularly hard; geography works against them, and they simply cannot produce that much alternative energy.
We wonder. The southeastern states are succeeding more than any other region in attracting good manufacturing jobs — the automative industry being the prime example. There are many reasons: They’re right-to-work states, labor costs are generally lower, proximity to markets, and energy is competitive.
Perhaps policymakers in the regions that are losing out — the Northeast and parts of the Midwest — have decided to change the balance of power. They want to succeed not by becoming more competitive themselves, but by making the Southeast less competitive. Push a big increase in the cost of energy to manufacturers, and the southeastern states become less attractive.
Not a wise strategy in a global economy with fierce competition, but within the realm of possibility…right?
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