Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t any Paul Revere. However his defiance of Alameda County’s shutdown order captures the frustration amongst companies like Howard Beale’s primal scream within the film “Community.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom final week allowed some non-essential companies to start to reopen, however six Bay Space counties together with Alameda, the place Tesla assembles most of its electrical vehicles within the U.S., doubled down on their lockdowns.
“Frankly, that is the ultimate straw. Tesla will now transfer its HQ and future packages to Texas/Nevada instantly,” Mr. Musk tweeted Saturday. “If we even retain Fremont manufacturing exercise in any respect, will probably be dependen [sic] on how Tesla is handled sooner or later. Tesla is the final carmaker left in CA.”
A decade in the past Mr. Musk rescued and retrofitted an auto-manufacturing plant in Fremont that Toyota had deserted. The plant now employs 10,000 middle-class employees, lots of whom reside in rural San Joaquin County the place one other Tesla manufacturing unit has been allowed to function amid California’s shutdown as a result of it’s categorized as important.
“This disparate [government] therapy is unfair and with out a rational foundation,” Tesla states in a lawsuit towards Alameda County, stating that the an infection and fatality charges in Alameda and San Joaquin counties are related. Mr. Musk additionally argues that Tesla is a vital enterprise as a result of it makes electrical motors and battery methods which might be “important infrastructure.”
“The County’s order violates the Due Course of Clause of the Fourteenth Modification as a result of it fails to provide affordable discover to individuals of odd intelligence of what’s forbidden underneath the legislation,” the lawsuit argues. He has a degree, and arbitrary authorities distinctions about which companies can keep open typically appear to be primarily based on politics slightly than public well being or science.
You may perceive Mr. Musk’s frustration when Alameda County officers have allowed pot retailers to remain open whereas shuttering his Tesla plant although the corporate has developed protocols to guard employees. Different governors together with Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer have given the inexperienced mild to auto vegetation run by Tesla’s rivals.
Mr. Musk dared Alameda officers to arrest him when he reopened Tesla’s plant Monday, and he might get his want. We don’t encourage lawbreaking, however a authorized check of disparate lockdown therapy would possibly rein within the inside dictators who’re showing in lots of locations in America in these pandemic days.