Wait so could I create a shell company, manufacture exactly 1 car and sell it to myself, and then sell regulatory credits forever? Essentially making money with 0 expenses.

@ksynwa@lemmygrad.ml
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What does regulatory credit mean here? What exactly is Tesla doing here? I don’t understand finance capital much.

@SloppilyFloss
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A regulatory credit is essentially “points” you get for emitting low or no pollution. The more of these credits you have, the more pollution you’re allowed to make without facing trouble, I think (someone correct me if I’m wrong). Tesla has been getting these credits for free from the government because their whole schtick is making “environmentally clean electric cars”. So since they’re getting them for free, they’ve just been selling them to other manufacturers. Instead of making a profit from creating cars, they’re getting most of it from selling credits they got for free, essentially making money for no reason.

@ksynwa@lemmygrad.ml
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Thanks very much.

according to the article:

Eleven states require automakers sell a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicles by 2025. If they can’t, the automakers have to buy regulatory credits from another automaker that meets those requirements – such as Tesla, which exclusively sells electric cars.

Tesla has so many of these credits because the cars are electric. Now if the manufacturing process as well as the source of the energy were taken into account…

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They gamed the system; that’s the only way to win.

I think you get a certain number of credits for each car sold, so you would still have to produce and sell a lot of cars.

Hm. Next question: can we somehow pass off bicycles as cars, legally speaking :thinking face:?

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If criticisms of capitalism want to be taken seriously, they need to expand beyond Tesla and Amazon.

Chevron, Exxon, and Blackwater love that you focus all your ire on an…electric car company.

Everyone knows oil and private military companies are evil.

Tesla gets less shit because of its ‘environment friendliness’.

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I don’t think anyone even knows other bad companies exist, based on the amount of attention we spend on Tesla and Amazon.

Old money loves that you focus on hating new money. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are more your friend than say, Alan Greenspan or the board of Halliburton. But we don’t even know what those people are up to because we are distracted by stupid shit like this.

How exactly will focusing on those companies instead ensure that criticisms of capitalism are taken seriously?

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Because then we’d actually be doing something useful.

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