Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Tesla’s SolarCity Acquisition Approved

November 17th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

As Elon Musk expected, Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity was overwhelmingly approved by shareholders. Over 85% of shareholders approved. Interestingly, that matches up quite closely with reader surveys we conducted. In our initial survey, 74% of respondents supported the acquisition. In our second survey a few months later, 89% of respondents supported the acquisition

Tesla Model 3, Trump, Trump, Trump … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

November 13th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The following were the 20 most popular articles of the past week. If you haven't strolled down that far, note that several of the political ones have hundreds of comments underneath them — I definitely think you should read them as well. We have an amazing and absurdly well informed and thoughtful commenting community. A wonderful community. The best. The comments are even better than the articles, some people say

Democrats, This Is A Wakeup Call — You Better Fuckin’ Wake Up!

November 12th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

If Democrats, Greens, and Independents are disgusted at the result of the election, and super fearful of what is to come, that could lead to an unprecedented progressive movement. Donald Trump could have been a gift that indirectly produces more good than harm. But that means three things

How Will Republican Politicians Proceed Following The Election? & Can The GOP Survive?

November 11th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The 2016 US presidential election — no matter who you ask — has been an unprecedented affair. The candidate at the top of the Republican ticket has no background in government and seemingly not more knowledge of political matters than he's gleaned from watching Fox News, listening to and golfing with Rush Limbaugh, and trying to bribe politicians

What Is The Role Of The Media?

November 11th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

(Note: This article is genuinely about the media — not the US presidential election. Part of it, of course, is based on my understanding of the world, politicians and political parties, and the facts. So, if you are pro-Trump or Republican, I hope you can get past a few partisan statements here in order to get through the whole article, since the points of it all are non-partisan and I think very important.)

Cleantech With A President Trump

November 9th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The US presidential election is over. I know many of you are waiting for my initial comments on what this means for cleantech. Donald Trump's candidacy has been so devoid of specific policy proposals, he has flip-flopped so many times on a large variety of issues, and he has so little (er ... no) experience in government, that this question is more up in the air than not. Nonetheless, I will present several documented facts, some probabilities, and some pure speculation in the article below

The Irony

November 5th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

We're on the verge of electing the first female president in US history (long after women won the top political positions in the UK, Germany, Norway, Argentina, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Bangladesh, France, Poland, Turkey, Pakistan, Peru, etc.). Yet, her final opponent has bragged about sexually assaulting women and has been accused of doing so by a dozen or more women

Tesla P100D To Get Stronger With New Easter Egg, “Not Left-Handed” (#ElonTweets)

November 4th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Ah, Sir Elon — he can't stop having fun. One of those quirky things about Tesla cars that many of us love are the Easter eggs the clever Tesla team embeds into the software. Previous Easter eggs have included turning your Model S into the James Bond Lotus Esprit that Elon bought at an auction for $1 million, shooting into Ludicrous mode like in Spaceballs, and unlocking the secret of life, among other things

Cleantech Revolution Sprouting In Poland — Seriously

November 3rd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Poland is infamous among climate hawks within Europe (including within Poland). As I say, unfortunately, it is like the Tea Party wing of the European Union. With approximately 90% of electricity coming from coal, the coal lobby is hugely powerful here — so deeply powerful that extremely smart and thoughtful people are indirectly misinformed by this industry. There's also a strong anti-science trend here — on climate science as well as some other matters. If climate progress in the EU is blocked, it's very likely blocked by Poland

30 Cases Of Anti-Humanity Extremism From Republicans In Congress & Donald Trump

November 2nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Clearly, the political focus of the year is a certain mind-boggling presidential candidate who hardly touches policy matters -- and when he does, tends to push absurd ideas and proposals that would tank our economy, lead to world war, destroy our climate and environment, and piss off our allies. However, as I wrote the other day, Donald Trump's success in politics wasn't magic -- far from it. Donald Trump's success in politics was built on the back of decades worth of conspiracy theories and anti-science rhetoric and extremism from the Republican Party. (Come on, people, there's a reason he won the GOP nomination.)

The People vs Uber, & Why We Love Elon & Tesla So Much

October 27th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

One year ago, when Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas initially needled and nudged Elon Musk to talk about a potential Uber-like service from Tesla, Elon basically admitted that something was in the oven, but also that the details weren't yet clear. As it turns out, one of the dramatic differences between what Tesla is going to offer and what Uber is offering is where the money goes

Tesla Profitability Surfaces — Let’s Reflect On Tesla’s Insane Progress

October 27th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The #1 story coming out of Tesla's quarterly shareholder letter was widely considered to be the fact that Tesla (TSLA) was profitable in the third quarter. This is the first time in a few years that Tesla has had a profitable quarter, and it is a strong sign of financial efficiency and overall corporate health — especially at this stage in the company's life. The momentous occasion inspired me to look back at Tesla's history a bit, and compare Tesla of a few years ago to what Tesla has become

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