Volkswagen Passed On Oklahoma for New Vehicle Battery Plant
In the grand saga that is Oklahoma's bid to attract automotive manufacturing to our state, Volkswagen is out of the hunt having settled on Canada for their new battery manufacturing plant.
I won't lie, the announcement of the new cobalt refinery to be built in Lawton had me thinking Oklahoma had a slim chance of landing VW, but ultimately the Sooner State couldn't compete with the Great White North.
For the record, Oklahoma also lost a bid for a Panasonic battery manufacturing plant to Kansas recently too...
That puts Governor Stitt's automaker batting average at .333... We landed Canoo, but lost Tesla and now VW... as if Pryor could yet compete with the weird wilds of Austin, Texas and St. Thomas, Ontario (halfway between Toronto and Detroit).
While half of Oklahomans aren't batting an eye at it, the other half are actually celebrating the loss. Not because Oklahoma is losing out on a tremendous industry and thousands of jobs, but because a political rival is where the buck stops with Governor Stitt.
The leftists' reactions to this news are as embarrassing as some of the legislation at play on the far right end of the spectrum, proving once again that there are no winners in politics... only losers all the way around.
If anyone expects Oklahoma to grow, it'll have to be a collective cooperative effort somewhere in the moderate middle. As in old-school politics, nobody will get everything they want, but everyone should be able to live with the changes.