The Auto Industry Is Wrecked—Let’s Rebuild It With Electric

The Auto Industry Is Wrecked—Let’s Rebuild It With Electric

To rescue the American auto industry, and our world, we should launch a massive, coordinated private-public partnership: the Green-Car New Deal.So the Green-Car New Deal would focus public investment on creating better, cheaper batteries.

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

In the past couple of years, some Republicans have broken ranks with their party to support a tax on carbon emissions —perhaps because the climate is becoming more salient with voters, perhaps as a foil to the more radical Green New Deal, or perhaps to, you know, do something to stop global warming .

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Hyundai’s partnership with Uber, announced formally at CES, will facilitate the carmaker’s transition to aircraft manufacturing, says Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product in its aviation efforts.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

This year also marks the end of federal tax credits for Tesla buyers ; the company has sold enough cars that it’s aged out of the program.

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News

Travelers are travelin' and worriers are worryin', but first: a cartoon about GDPR Sunday School .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Here are 20 last-minute gift ideas to save your bacon this holiday season.

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

Want a Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle? Move Fast

At Tesla , the electric vehicle maker, January 1, 2020 will mark something else: the official end of its vehicles’ eligibility for federal tax credits.Here’s how it works: Each automaker is eligible for $7,500 in credits for each electric vehicle sold, up to 200,000 sales.

Yet Another Challenge for Air Travelers: Finding Your Uber

Yet Another Challenge for Air Travelers: Finding Your Uber

Now instead of waiting for cars curbside, ride-hail and taxi riders must hop on a shuttle to a dedicated LAX-it parking lot seven to 15 minutes away from the terminals.

Uber's London Rivals Are Plotting Its Downfall

Uber's London Rivals Are Plotting Its Downfall

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The ride-hailing service launched in London in June 2012, and quickly took over.On Monday, Transport for London, or TfL, announced its decision not to renew the company’s operating license in the city, after granting it a short extension which expired this week.

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Last month, after a fierce lobbying battle, California passed a law that will likely end up mandating that companies in the “gig economy,” such as Uber, treat gig workers as employees .

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

The more detailed blueprint set to be unveiled Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council calls for a $40 tax to be levied on each ton of carbon dioxide, with the fee increasing at least 5% every year and proceeds rebated to American consumers.

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Secondly, by taking the revenues created by closing the automation loophole and the “robot tax” and investing them in new programs, it would facilitate the next generation of jobs—good-paying union jobs in green energy, early childhood education, home health care, and the like.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be a million self-driving Tesla taxis on the road by next year. You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year.

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

The domains target a large pool of potential victims: More than 135 million Americans filed their taxes electronically last year, according to the IRS.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, law, and internet culture for WIRED.Lookout discovered that tax scammers start early: Dozens of these websites were created in December, right around the time people begin receiving their W-2 forms.

Andrew Yang's Presidential Bid Is So Very 21st Century

Andrew Yang's Presidential Bid Is So Very 21st Century

He’s applying that approach to more standard issue problems, like labor, climate change, and the economy, but giving them a decidedly tech-forward approach: how (and why) we should define robots, what use might geoengineering have in saving the planet, and should the government embrace universal basic income and give every American a $1,000 check.

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.

Have We Reached Peak Big?

Have We Reached Peak Big?

If and when the political class and plutocrats get concerned enough about the pitchforks coming out , maybe Big Tech will be broken up or regulated and taxes on the rich will rise. The issues with Big Medicine and Big Science will likely need to be solved via changes in policy.

Now Amazon Is Nixing a Seattle Expansion, Too

Now Amazon Is Nixing a Seattle Expansion, Too

The quick reversal came after Amazon, which employs around 45,000 people in the city, halted the construction of a new building and threatened to not occupy space it had leased in the planned Rainier Square tower because of the tax.

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Because finance ministers can pursue a wide variety of fiscal policy reforms that can reduce emissions in a cost-effective and systemic way, this group of policymakers can become the linchpin of climate action.

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

In its lawsuit, filed in a New York state court Friday afternoon, Uber argues that the one-year freeze on ride-hail vehicle licenses is anticompetitive and exceeds the city’s authority.

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

Its decision to terminate its planned expansion in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City will be bad for New York City, bad for Amazon, and not so great for a national economic system that will need all of the investment and innovation it can get in the years ahead.

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Their plans are not the same: Ocasio-Cortez aims to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent on income above $10 million (which would affect only 0.1 percent of US households).

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News

Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, and More This Week in Car News Bell unveiled its 6,000-pound Nexus craft at CES. The lidar company AEye's CES display came with Nerf guns.

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shapes a New Political Reality

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shapes a New Political Reality

Thus when a 29-year-old former bartender of Puerto Rican descent beats a senior Democratic leader of the House, and then proceeds to set the political agenda during her first week in office, it’s more than a cute social media story.

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Itzhak is the head of HERE Mobility, an 18-month-old unit of the mapping company HERE (jointly owned by BMW, Audi, and Daimler) that today announced the launch of an app called SoMo. That’s for “social mobility,” and it’s what Itzhak calls an “open global neutral mobility marketplace,” which is a wordy way of saying, an effort to pull together pretty much every way of getting around that isn’t a ride-hail service.

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.