government Stories March 29

Members of an Environmental Protection Agency panel “questioned” the well-established link between air pollution and premature death during a recent hearing, and one of those members has drawn criticism in the past for the funding behind his own pollution research.

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government Stories March 11

President Donald Trump has submit his 2020 budget proposal to Congress, and it includes reductions in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It also proposes to eliminate ARPA-E, an agency focused on researching and developing future energy technology.

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government Stories February 12

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking a vote on the recently proposed Green New Deal according to a report today. Republicans, who are often financed by the fossil fuel industry, have been extremely hard on the prospects of the so called “Green New Deal”. So is it surprising that McConnell is calling for a vote, especially after refusing to do so on any opportunities to stop the government shutdown in recent weeks? Not really…

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government Stories February 9, 2016

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has announced today that it will recognize Google’s self-driving car system as a legal driver. The announcement comes after Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s self-driving car project, petitioned that the government treat the initiative the same as it does normal driver cars.

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government Stories June 2, 2015

The LA Times published an article over the weekend titled “Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by government subsidies”. The publication compiled data from government programs and estimated that Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, three companies Musk is involved in, have benefited from “$4.9 billion in government support”. Saturday, I wrote an opinion piece about how I thought the article is grossly one-sided. Since then, the LA Times released a breakdown of the $4.9 billion figure.

Here is the complete breakdown with my comments on each government incentive and information that wasn’t included or simply glanced over in the LA Times article:

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