Washington governor Inslee was desperate to get Tesla's gigafactory sited in the state, but it seems he was unable to compete for the electric car manufacturer's upcoming ten million square-foot battery production facility. Rumor has it that they're breaking ground in Nevada.
Site consultant Boyd, who has worked extensively in Washington, said the state had a lot to offer Tesla - including low-cost energy. Also, Moses Lake is already home to a carbon fiber factory for BMW electric cars.
So with all of that going for it, why didn't Washington even make it to the finals? That's easy: look for...the union label. After all the crapola that the machinists pulled on Boeing a few months ago, who in their right mind is going to invest billions of dollars into a huge manufacturing facility in the state?
He said there are also some perceived business climate disadvantages based on Boeing’s experience in the state.
"Number one, it’s not a right-to-work state," Boyd said. "And this issue of contentious labor-management relations -- with disputes with unions and work stoppages -- that’s something that will make Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, cautious about investing in Washington state because of his experience in California."
In California, the United Auto Workers have made noise about trying to unionize Tesla workers.
Of course, Washington state officials are downplaying it; they don't think that the business climate had anything to do with the Tesla decision. Right - it was pure coincidence that Washington was the only non-right-to-work state under consideration.
From an economic perspective, this is a huge slap in the face for unionized Washington, as thousands of good-paying jobs simply won't materialize - but ecologically, it's really a big plus: look at the gigafactory footprint - it involves destroying hundreds of acres of habitat with a combination of solar arrays and aerial cuisinarts. The former's death to birds and bats, while the latter simply simply destroys plant life and food sources for mammals and herps.
But it's really "green&sustainable" energy.
I'll stick with my Civic Si.