news: U.S. Senate Democrats A bill was released last week This could significantly reduce the country’s carbon emissions. One of the key components of the bill is the expansion of the electric vehicle tax credit, which is designed to help drive EV adoption by giving buyers $7,500 for a new eligible electric vehicle or $4,000 for a used vehicle.
Hitchhiking? For a new car to qualify for the tax credit, its batteries and the key minerals used in them need to be sourced primarily from the United States or a country with which it has a free trade agreement.
Why it matters: Currently, most lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicle batteries are made in China. Made in the U.S. only accounts for about 7 percent of the global supply. The legislation aims to incentivize companies to build more mining and battery manufacturing capacity in the United States. While the restrictions may help build a safe battery supply chain in the U.S. in the long run, some experts are unsure how quickly U.S. companies can respond.
Big picture: Ambitious EV tax credits could play a role in establishing domestic battery manufacturing in the U.S. and encourage new supply chains, and are a clear attempt to slow China’s battery dominance. But whether these changes will be fast enough to keep up with booming EV sales remains an open question. Read the full article.
– Kathy Cronhart
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 California declares state of emergency over monkeypox outbreak
It has more than 800 confirmed cases and is the second state in three days to declare emergency measures. (CNN)
+ The United States has allowed millions of vaccines that can prevent monkeypox to expire. (New York Times $)
+ India records its first death from monkeypox. (BBC)
3 What Facebook Friendships Can Teach Us About Poverty Reduction
Poor kids with richer friends are more likely to make more money when they grow up. (New York Times $)
4 Black Mirror is not helpful for brain-computer interface
While this technology could help millions of people, it’s understandable that many remain wary. (wired $)
+ Why facial expressions are the new Xbox controller. (Wettable powder $)
+ Brain implants could be the next computer mouse. (MIT Technology Review)
5 How Roblox Cope With Grooming
Leaked documents detail the popular gaming platform’s response to major moderation challenges. (motherboard)
6 Schools fail to protect children’s sensitive data
Hacking and breaches can seriously affect their future prospects and employment. (New York Times $)
7 A hateful Arab anti-LGBTQ+ group thrives on Twitter
After being kicked out by Facebook in early July. (Rest of the world)
+ Anti-vaxx Twitter accounts are peddling food crisis misinformation. (protector)
+ The company is investigating Elon Musk’s colleagues about his deal to buy it. (Wettable powder $)
8 Electric cars are too quiet 🚙
But identifying a voice that doesn’t distract us all is very difficult. (New Yorker $)
+ Their adoption means gas stations are ready to turn to… something else. (protocol)
9 How Daters Can Build Long-Term Relationships with Tinder 📱
After a decade of using the app, some users feel further away than ever. (that cut)
Quote of the day
“If you’re waiting for a case to emerge, you’re already tailgating.”
– Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a professor at Stanford School of Medicine told us dark Because U.S. public health agencies don’t routinely test sewage for polio, the virus likely spread before a Rockland County man visited a doctor in June.