A123 Systems Inc., the electric car battery maker that received a $249.1 million federal grant, filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would sell its automotive business assets to Johnson Controls Inc...
...President Barack Obama called A123’s CEO Vieau and then- Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm during a September 2010 event celebrating the opening of the plant in Livonia that the company received the U.S. grant to help build.
“This is about the birth of an entire new industry in America -- an industry that’s going to be central to the next generation of cars,” Obama said in the phone call, according to a transcript provided by the White House. “When folks lift up their hoods on the cars of the future, I want them to see engines and batteries that are stamped: Made in America.”
Instead, when folks lift up their hoods on the cars of the future, they'll see gas engines. Because gas engines are the only practical way to power cars for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and as for A123's executives? You'll never guess what they negotiated just a couple of months ago:
Despite known financial trouble, just a few months ago A123 awarded sweetened severance packages to its top executives...
Vice President and General Manager of Energy Solutions Group Robert Johnson, for example, would see his severance increase an extra $200,000 from the agreement, boosting it from $400,000 to $600,000. Johnson’s base salary is $400,000 this year, up 21 percent from his 2011 base salary of $331,250. That raise is consistent with a pattern of large pay increases top executives at A123 Systems have received.
Why not? The American taxpayer is paying the bills, courtesy of one Barack H. Obama and his Democrat sycophants and cronies.