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Tesla Flips Switch on Gigafactory to Accelerate World's Transition to Renewable Energy
But how does Tesla's vision of a sustainable energy future fit in with Donald Trump's incoming presidency? We all know that Trump's forthcoming administration is one that's filled with climate change deniers and fossil fuel executives.
And according to a new Bloomberg report, a small group of renewable energy/Tesla critics called the Institute for Energy Research and its advocacy arm—the American Energy Alliance—have formed to oppose "almost any government aid for renewable energy."
The fossil fuel industry-funded group has reportedly been an influential force in shaping the president-elect's highly publicized plans to undo President Obama's signature environmental initiatives.
The alliance has posted an online blueprint that urges Trump to expand drilling and rescind "job-killing" regulations by axing federal fuel economy standards and Obama's Clean Power Plan.
Even though Musk once said that Donald Trump "doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States," last month, the Tesla/SpaceX CEO joined the president-elect's Strategic and Policy Forum, an advisory board for the president on business issues.
"Our goal here is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told Bloomberg in 2015. "We're talking at the terawatt scale. The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world."
In his appearance in Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before the Flood, Musk said that it would only take 100 Gigafactories to transition the world to sustainable energy. That is, if "governments can set the rules in favor of sustainable energy" by putting a tax on carbon.
Perhaps Musk can convince Trump that clean energy investments are not just good business sense, it's also good sense for the future of our planet.
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The world awakened to the hole in the ozone layer in 1985, which scientists attributed it to ozone depleting substances. Two years later, in Montreal, the world agreed to ban the halogen compounds causing the massive hole over Antarctica. Research now shows that those chemicals didn't just cut a hole in the ozone layer, they also warmed up the Arctic.
Formosa Plant May Still Be Releasing Plastic Pollution in Texas After $50M Settlement, Activists Find
On the afternoon of Jan. 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a San Antonio Estuary Waterkeeper meeting on the side of the road across from a Formosa plastics manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas.
After Wilson and the waterkeeper successfully sued Formosa in 2017, the company agreed to no longer release even one of the tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles into the region's waterways. The group of volunteers had assembled that day to check whether the plant was still discharging these raw materials of plastics manufacturing.
Malaysia Sends Plastic Waste Back to 13 Wealthy Countries, Says It Won’t Be 'the Rubbish Dump of the World'
The Southeast Asian country Malaysia has sent 150 shipping containers packed with plastic waste back to 13 wealthy countries, putting the world on notice that it will not be the world's garbage dump, as CNN reported. The countries receiving their trash back include the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.