“Infant Industries”: Automobile and “Green” Manufacturing in the U.S.

Infant Industry #1
Have the manufacturers of American automobiles become “infant industries” that require protection against competition from China, Japan, Korea, Europe, or any others competing for sales in the U.S. whose product is not built using U.S. labor forces? In the Senate hearings, the import of cars from Korea was clearly perceived and cited as unfair competition at this time. Nations that exact high tarrifs on imports or exports or use other means such as quotas to gain a more favorable position in the U.S. market constitute unfair competition AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME OF THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE U.S. MANUFACTURING OF CARS. Does the present circumstance require protection legislation that favors our auto industry?

The history of the U.S. shows certain periods that had such protections. If it were to be instituted now, could it shield the auto industry for a certain length of time to be given to the re-tooling and restructuring of this business? Or is there an argument against such protection that would continue the competition as a better spur to the auto makers to drive them to their new goals?

I tend to believe that they should be held under the gun of competition because they have, for so many years, been unable to muster the vision of a new, greener world of independence from fossil fuel burning. They have ignored that competition. They have been reluctant for many years to innovate.

On the other hand, if they have put on the hair-shirts of a new ethic, sincerely committed now, well then–relief? They are getting the money from us. Is that enough? Should the money go hand in hand with the protections? Would OUR money invested be safer with their protection?

Infant Industry #2
Are we going “green”? That is certainly YES! Just now it’s all talk, getting ideas and making plans, but I just know it is coming. However, what nation will become competitive and own a large share of the market in “green” technology and manufacture the hardware that underlies wind, solar, geothermal, automotive, wave-action, biomass, and energy storage technology? The inception of this industry is upon us. I think it qualifies as an infant industry and the competition has been proceeding for some time now, but the automotive technology appears to have escaped from the U.S. and gone elsewhere.


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