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Tesla builds one of the world’s cleanest cars in California, which claims it’s the most environmentally-friendly state in the nation. But now the Governor and other state officials are negotiating to relax environmental restrictions so Tesla can start building a massive new battery plant… in 30 days. Will California become less “green” to keep a “green” employer from going to another state?

Also, LA’s Iranian diaspora is alarmed as a US reporter with dual citizenship has been detained in Iran without explanation.

Banner Image: 2011 Tesla Roadster

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb

California’s Courtship of Tesla Motors 14 MIN, 18 SEC

Tesla is churning out its electrically powered cars in the Bay Area — a “green” product in what claims to be the “greenest” state in the nation. Now Tesla wants to build a new battery plant… starting in 30 days. That would require big changes in California’s Environmental Quality Act, but negotiations reportedly are under way in the office of Governor Brown.

Guests:
Marc Lifsher, Reporter, Los Angeles Times (@MarcLifsher)
Ted Gaines, California State Senator (@TedGaines)
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council (@TeamAir)

More:
California may waive environmental rules for Tesla battery factory
Sen. Gaines heads to Texas to promote California business, Tesla factory prospects

Kidnapping of Iranian-American Journalist Hits Home 10 MIN, 37 SEC

Jason Rezaian is of Iranian descent, born and raised in California. He’s now a reporter for the Washington Post who has been assigned to Iran. Three weeks ago, he was detained, along with his journalist wife and two other reporters, with no explanation. Reza Aslan is also Iranian-American, a Professor at UC Riverside and founder of Aslan Media, a social media network for news about the Middle East.

Guests:
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside (@rezaaslan‎)

More:
Washington Post: Iran should free Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his colleagues immediately

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