User: newstrust Topic: Green Technology
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Salt Lake City adds 28 new electric vehicle charging stations 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City is boasting 28 new electric vehicle-charging stations across that for the next nine months could charge the eco-friendly cars for free. City Council members would have to approve the fee waiver, Mayor Jackie Biskupski has proposed in hopes it would incentivize electric vehicle drivers to use the stations at the existing and new sites. While the council deliberates the idea, drivers will pay $1 plus $0.1 per kilowatt hour to charge. “This is an exciting upgrade,” Biskupski said in ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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By the numbers, Trump's big environmental regulation rollback is all kinds of unpopular 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
For a president with a record-low approval rating, this isn't going to help.
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California is back and the proof is in the poppies 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

They come upon you before you know it. You exit Highway 14 in the Antelope Valley and suddenly, as you drive west along Avenue I, they hit you with an unexpected force.

Brilliant orange fields of poppies blanket the hillsides. Acres and acres of poppies. Football fields of poppies. What is this,...

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Metro hasn't figured out how to manage its freeway express lanes. Why not return them to carpoolers? 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: It’s time for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to admit its mistakes and return the toll lanes that are also open to cars with multiple occupants to their rightful users: carpoolers. (“L.A. County will consider tighter rules for carpool and toll lanes,”...

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Tencent's backing of Musk boosts Tesla's cash 29.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Tesla won a vote of confidence from Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, whose purchase of a 5 percent stake boosts Elon Musk’s ambitions to get his mass-market Model 3 electric sedan to buyers this year. Tencent paid about $1.8 billion for shares bought on the open market and from Tesla’s stock offering earlier this month, according to a regulatory filing. The sale of equity and debt padded Tesla’s coffers as Musk spends heavily on introducing the lower-priced Model 3. “Glad to have Tencent...
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Darden Restaurants climb, McCormick skids 29.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday: • Carnival Corp., up 40 cents to $59.27 The cruise line disclosed solid quarterly results and good projections for the latest quarter. • Darden Restaurants Inc., up $7.03 to $82.61 The parent company of Olive Garden disclosed strong results and said it will buy Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780 million. • Tesla Inc., up $7.23 to $277.45 Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings disclosed a 5-percent stake in the electric ca...
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Chinese tech giant Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has bought a 5% stake in electric car and solar firm Tesla Inc., according to a regulatory filing submitted Tuesday.

The $1.8-billion investment gives one of China’s most valuable companies another foothold in a growing industry and provides Elon Musk’s...

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Tesla employee alleges physical, racial harassment in suit 28.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

A Tesla employee has filed a lawsuit against the automaker, claiming he was physically and racially harassed while working on the assembly line at the company’s Fremont factory. The employee, DeWitt Lambert, who is black, filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court, alleging that he was subjected to racial slurs and lewd behavior by his co-workers “on a continuous basis from the summer of 2015 to the spring of 2016.” In a statement released Monday, Lawrence Organ, an attorney with the California Civil Rights Law Group who is representing Lambert, said that because of this inaction my client is claiming psychological harm and medical problems. Tesla said that “several employees” were terminated based on what the company learned in conducting its investigation, and that Lambert has been suspended with pay so the company can finish its investigation into Lambert’s claim that his co-workers threatened him with violence.

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Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces 28.3.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers....
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Elon Musk Seen Targeting Human-Computer Link In New Venture 28.3.2017 NPR News
Speculation about Musk's new company, Neuralink, centers on the name and how it might correspond to his previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence into human brains.
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With Obamacare repeal less likely, Medicaid expansion gains new momentum 28.3.2017 Washington Post
House Speaker Paul Ryan has vowed to keep pushing for an overhaul to the health-care system, but for the 19 states that never expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the calculus has quickly changed.
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China's Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla 28.3.2017 BBC: Business
The Chinese tech giant is spending $1.8bn on its stake in the electric carmaker.
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California's clean-air problem is a lot bigger than just Trump 27.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
(Bloomberg) -- A chorus of skeptics is warning a new state objective -- to slash greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 -- could simply be out of reach, no matter what Washington does. Even if power plants, ports, farms and factories continue to reduce toxic output, there’s little chance of hitting the target without an explosion in green cars and trucks. There is not a natural level of EV demand that is anywhere close to what California is seeking,” said Eric Noble, president of the CarLab, a product-development consulting firm, who has called state policies “a train wreck. California regulators and politicians hardly see it that way, pointing to technological advances that are cutting alternative-car production costs and a flood of new no-emission models coming down the pike. [...] they don’t pretend what they’re trying to do could be accomplished naturally, without government intervention. “We’ve made incredible strides in improving the air quality, in improving mileage efficiency, not ...
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Rehab to riches 27.3.2017 BBC: Business
Khalil Rafati beat his heroin and crack cocaine addiction and went on to become a health food millionaire.
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L.A. officials push for new steps to address health risks from homebuilding near freeways 25.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In a new push to address health risks from a surge in residential construction near freeways, Los Angeles officials have requested a study of development restrictions, design standards and other steps to protect residents from traffic pollution.

Planning, transportation and other officials should...

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California's vow to reduce auto pollution may be setting up a full-out war with Trump 25.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
California's vow to reduce auto pollution may be setting up a full-out war with Trump From smog to greenhouse gases, state regulators refuse to yield as legal battles loom. By Chris Megerian Mar 24, 2017 | REPORTING FROM RIVERSIDE Downtown Los Angeles' tallest buildings rise above a blanket of...
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California isn't giving up on fighting auto pollution — even with Trump in office 25.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Wielding the same authority created decades ago to fight smog, California regulators on Friday moved forward with tough new pollution-reduction requirements for automakers selling cars in the state.

The rules set escalating targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2022 through 2025, and...

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Musk’s Model 3 tweet; Bixby’s linguistic woes; no AI worries 25.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Musk’s Model 3 tweet; Bixby’s linguistic woes; no AI worries Model 3 was going to be called Model E, for obvious dumb humor reasons, but Ford sued to block it, so now it is S3X. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a string of tweets about the planned new model, including a teaser video. Tesla has had a lot of success with its luxury-priced Model S and Model X, but the Model 3 will be a relatively affordable mass-market entry into the electric car market, with a base price expected at $35,000 to $40,000. By the end of 2018, Musk has pledged, the company will be churning out hundreds of thousands of them. When Samsung chose to name its voice assistant Bixby, it may have run into a problem — not with techies, but with linguists. The “x” in Bixby sounds essentially like a “k” and an “s” combined, which is difficult for many people around the world to say, according to linguists, including for those in Samsung’s native South Korea. “Lots of languages do not allow for certain kinds of consonant clusters,” William ...
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Faraday Future pulls plug on Vallejo electric car factory 25.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Faraday Future pulls plug on Vallejo electric car factory Troubled electric car startup Faraday Future has ended talks with Vallejo to build an auto factory on the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, city officials reported Friday. The company — which aims to challenge Tesla with its own high-performance electric car — remains interested in the 157-acre Mare Island site and may restart negotiations in the future, according to the city. Faraday’s main financial backer is Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the CEO of technology conglomerate LeEco, which has its own electric car division. “Faraday Future wants to reinforce that our commitment to the State of Nevada and our $1 billion investment in the region over the next few years has never changed,” the company said, in a Feb. 15 press release.
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5 takeaways from the week at the Minnesota Capitol 24.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Transportation and funding are top of mind for lawmakers this week.
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