FROM Chelsea Sexton
Is Southern California’s Electric Car Industry Losing Its Charge? Solyndra was the Bay Area maker of solar-panels that went bust despite taxpayer loans from the Obama Administration. Now Fisker is being called the “Solyndra of electric vehicles.” Mayor Villaraigosa said Fisker would be part of an electric-car industry centered in Southern California, but Fisker is now on the edge of bankruptcy. Today at a committee hearing in Washington Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was scathing about Fisker’s potential market and its political backers.
Tesla Takes Investors on Another Joy Ride Tesla Motors of Palo Alto makes electric cars, and it's the first American automobile company to go public since the Ford Motor Company started selling shares in 1956. After yesterday's Initial Public Offering, Tesla stock surged from $17 to a peak of $30, and closed today around $24. Tesla now makes a $109,000 electric Roadster, and plans to mass-produce a luxury model priced at $50,000, but it could be a long time before the company turns a profit.
Will California kill the electric car – again? in 1990, California’s Air Resources Board demanded that, by 2003, 10% of the automobiles in the state be zero emission vehicles. That would have meant 100,000 cars per year running on electric batteries or hydrogen cells. Since then, the mandate has been pushed back 4 times, down to 25,000 cars per year by 2012. Today, the CARB, as it’s called, was looking at a staff recommendation to reduce that by 90%--down to 2500 a year.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.