The New York Times vs Tesla Motors For Dummies.

Tesla Model S in snowHere’s our version of the New York Times vs Tesla Motors saga for dummies by a dummy.

  1. Feb 8: New York Times columnist John Broder wrote an article about his unfavorable experience driving the Tesla Model S EV along the Tesla Supercharger network: “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”

  2. Feb 11: Elon Musk tweets about Mr. Broder’s article and calls it a “fake”:

    Elon Musk then follows it up with this tweet:


  3. Feb 12: Mr. Broder writes a response to Mr. Musk’s tweets in The New York Times article “The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network”

  4. Feb 13: Elon Musk posts “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” on Tesla’s blog and using the data extracted from John Broder’s review Model S, counter the claims he made in the original article. Among other issues, the data shows that Mr. Broder did not fully charge his Model S, drove in circles, cranked the heat and often exceeded the recommended cruising speed of 55 mph.

  5. Feb 14: John Broder responds to Elon Musk’s post by tweeting:

We’ll see what happens next between these two but one good thing that did come out of the NY Times/Tesla battle is that I finally figured out how to embed tweets into my posts. I’m now up to 2011!


Update: Feb 14 4:41 pm PST: John Broder has responded to Elon Musk and Tesla and it looks like this story is becoming a he said / she said matter. Counseling may be next. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Separated At Birth? Heartland Institute President Joe Bast And Nathan Thurm.

Who'd You Rather?:  Joe Bast of the Heartland Institute or Nathan Thurm.CDCW posted an article about Joe Bast, President of the Heartland Institute, and his response to what he felt was a biased article in the Washington Post about his organization. Here’s a snippet of Mr. Bast’s response:

” The article also misrepresented our work. The Heartland Institute is not “skeptical of climate change science.” We are one of its leading supporters, having hosted seven international conferences (with an eighth one taking place in Munich this week) and published a comprehensive survey of the scientific literature in two volumes, with a third volume on its way. We spend more supporting climate science than all but a handful of public policy think tanks.

Finally, The Post reported that we ran a billboard “comparing those who believe in global warming to domestic terrorist Theodore J. Kaczynski.” Also untrue. The billboard simply reported the fact that the infamous Unabomber still believes in man-made global warming, despite the mounting scientific case against it, and asked viewers if they do, too.”

Holy crap! Mr. Bast threw in the smoke, mirrors and a kitchen sink to claim his org was misrepresented. His response sounds like it was crafted right out of Nathan Thurm’s deny-playbook – deny denying. Any chance they’re related? [CDCW]


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So, Is The Planet Getting Hotter Or Colder?

The NY Times Green Blog is one of my favorite sites for information about climate change, renewable energy and everything related. The release time of these two articles, “A Very Warm January” and “On Our Radar: The Danube Ices Over,” probably could’ve been better. Climate skeptics may use these articles as proof that there isn’t any man-made climate change going on; the weather difference equals out. But the reality is that these two articles highlight the extreme weather events that will be a part of our changing climate and that we should expect more of this in the future.
NY Times Green Blog for February 9th, 2012

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