Tracy cited more than 10 actions committed by Tesla and Musk that violated provisions of the Labor Relations Act and ordered remedies including backpay and reemployment for a the fired worker, the rescinding of rules that targeted union activity and a meeting at Tesla's Fremont plant where the company must give workers detailed notice of the labor violations. … [Read more...] about Tesla and CEO Elon Musk violated federal labor law, judge rules
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The House approved, 255-165, their fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 5325) on June 6, providing $32.1 billion for the Departments of Energy, Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other independent agencies. The bill includes amendments prohibiting the Department of Energy from enforcing light bulb efficiency standards, delaying the agency’s new efficiency standards for battery chargers and external power supplies, preventing the agency from issuing any new Section 1705 loan guarantees, blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing Clean Water Act guidance on which waters fall under federal protection, and putting into place limitations on federal agency purchases of transportation fuels from unconventional sources, including fuels derived from oil sands, oil shale, and coal-to-liquid processes. The House also approved an amendment from Representative Cliff … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – June 10, 2012
The high price investors have put on Tesla's shares has allowed Musk to expand U.S. production, invest in building out a vehicle charging network and start work on new models including a small sport utility vehicle, a new Roadster and a semi-truck even as the company burnt cash. … [Read more...] about Tesla shares fall 5 percent after Musk abandons buyout
For all their aspirations to stand on even footing with the U.S. atop the global heap, the Chinese don’t envy western democracy or free-market capitalism. The technocrats that form the country’s ruling elite perceive a “failure of western states to invest in their physical or human assets, the poor quality of many of their elected leaders and the instability of their economies,” The Financial Times’s Martin Wolf wrote earlier this week. He quotes one — who participated in a weekend dialogue at Tsinghua University — as noting that “'90 per cent of democracies created after the fall of the Soviet Union have now failed.' This risk is not to be run.” … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
"What about erosion?" Brooks said. “Every single year that we’re on Earth, you have huge tons of silt deposited by the Mississippi River, by the Amazon River, by the Nile, by every major river system — and for that matter, creek, all the way down to the smallest systems. And every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise. Because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.” … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Why climate scientists want to be thought of as the real ‘climate skeptics’