The Tesla Model X displayed at a showroom in Corte Madera, California

Tesla Continues Wave of SolarCity Layoffs

Tesla has fired more than 200 additional employees from their SolarCity subsidiary, some of which claim that performance reviews never took place.

Elon Musk Tesla Battery (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

Steele: Elon Musk Doesn’t Want Government Subsidies; Let’s Give Him His Wish

Republicans have found healthcare reform to be a difficult task – and have put replacing Obamacare on the back burner – but the President and the GOP-controlled Congress must demonstrate to the American people that they can turn campaign promises into legislation. What gives me confidence they will meet this challenge is the desire of American voters to overturn many of President Barack Obama’s failed policies and resilient Republican leadership at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

solar

‘Peak Solar’ Hits California

Despite the U.S. Congress passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act in December 2015 to slather another $9.3 billion of taxpayer credits on new solar power added to the electrical grid, California solar installments peaked in 2015 and are now headed south.

Palmer Luckey Oculus VR (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

Silicon Valley Shocked as Oculus VR Founder Backs Pro-Trump Group

In Silicon Valley, it is a worse “crime” for the founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, to have donated in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump than for Facebook to have potentially engaged in fraudulently inflating its average video viewing times for the last two years.

Hillary Clinton will be formally crowned the party's White House candidate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this coming week

Hillary’s Energy Policies Enrich Wall Street Cronies

In endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democrat’s choice for President, Sen. Bernie Sanders decried “greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior” and declared that we couldn’t let “billionaires buy elections.”

Marcio Jose Sanchez/ Associated Press file

Tesla Plunges $2.5 Billion After Hedge Fund Shorts Stock

While Elon Musk was claiming that Tesla Motors will produce 500,000 electric cars in 2018 and 1,000,000 cars in 2020, a leading short-seller on Wall Street admitted he is now betting heavily against Tesla.

A member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) walks under the solar panels at the roof deck of a mall in Manila on November 24, 2014. The 5,760 solar panels have been installed on the roof deck of the multi-level carpark of SM City mall.

Rooftop Solar Companies Only Play If Deck Stacked in Their Favor

Worried about self-preservation, and acting in its own best interest—rather than that of consumers specifically, and America in general—solar industry groups have sprung up to defend the favored-status energy policies and attack anyone who disagrees with the incentive-payment business model.

Elon Musk (Scott Olson / Getty)

SolarCity and the Silver Spoon

Having a successful business takes a lot of hard work, good market analysis, a better product or service than the competition, and advertising. Add in a bit of luck, and hopefully it will grow. If, however, you are a politically favored business—say solar—your story is different.

Training target of U.S. solar funding

The Best Renewable Energy Investment

If you live in the United States, vote, pay taxes, and get your electricity from a utility company, you’ve helped the solar power industry. You support the solar industry through a variety of tax and regulatory policies—voted in by politicians you elected—that favor it over other lower-cost forms of electricity generation.