Bob Fortier: Myths and Facts of Tesla’s Questionable Decision To Move to Texas

Some people see Texas as a very convenient place to locate an auto manufacturer due to the quality of life and ability of there to produce components for various automakers. As a consequence, up…

Bob Fortier: Myths and Facts of Tesla's Questionable Decision To Move to Texas

Some people see Texas as a very convenient place to locate an auto manufacturer due to the quality of life and ability of there to produce components for various automakers. As a consequence, up until now, it has been in the running to create an automobile assembly plant in the Lone Star State.

The chosen site is west of Dallas. In doing so, Tesla has selected Tesla’s 2nd manufacturing plant, which will be near the state’s main and fastest growing airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Donald Trump tweeted in favor of the project, while, by and large, most of America has welcomed the move, as a move towards manufacturing more affordable cars and to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

Texas will be the location of our future car plant. They offered tax incentives of $35,000 per car. That is unheard of. I will be watching this closely! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2018

The article in Forbes, in which the experts were asked about the possibility of moving, was titled The Case For the Location of a Tesla Plant in Texas. The article detailed both the cost and risks of moving, and evaluated the locations of Carved, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, and others with tax incentives.

However, unlike several of the other analysts, the ones quoted in the Forbes article weren’t even at the site at the time of the interview. They are estimating variables and debating potential costs, without experiencing the labor issues and difficulties of doing an interview without anybody being around.

The key take away is to use analysts and others in the area that are there at the time.

I don’t see how moving to West Texas would do any good for anything except maximizing the profitability of the deals Tesla would receive from the state and/or the developer. It would be like putting your baby in a playpen that has a bathtub full of water. He would start crying and screaming from lack of clean air and shade as soon as he noticed the bathtub of water.

We already know the problem of climate change and rising temperatures. The country is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Feeding dogs, cats, and horses is not a viable alternative due to the price. People are migrating to other parts of the country due to lost access to clean air and work.

With an expected increase in income for everybody in West Texas by approximately 45 percent in the next four years, who is likely to vote for the cost of improving their air and water quality when there are people in large cities like Houston that can’t get clean air?

What the public doesn’t know is that Texas already requires manufacturers to produce more efficient vehicles. If anything, some may require Texas to produce more efficient vehicles before they get in to build a plant.

So, instead of sitting in a car factory of a giant corporation, create something entirely new! Put an electric car where it doesn’t belong in Texas, save the money for the taxpayers and use the money to build more roads.

Bob Fortier is the founder of TheBobFortierMedia.com.

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