Tesla might be planning to build a Gigafactory in South Africa. It was recently reported that Tesla was opening an office in South Africa with a focus on the stationary energy storage market. A factory there would likely build mostly Powerwall and Powerpack batteries rather than car batteries. "We very much want to have a Gigafactory here," says Alan Winde of the Western Cape Executive Council for business opportunities. "If we get that right, it will make nuclear power generation obsolete." Read more at Electrek, or from Times Live.
Joseph Furando has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a fraudulent biodiesel scheme. Furando and his co-conspirators profited more than $55 million for falsely claiming tax credits for biodiesel bought from Furando. In 2015, authorities seized property from Furando that included artwork by Picasso, Renoir, and Dalí. "Fraud in the renewable fuels program compromises our ability to fight climate change and reduce dependence on foreign oil," says the EPA's Cynthia Giles. "When people approach these programs with bad faith and seek to exploit them, these purposes are blocked, American businesses are hurt and the treasury of the United States is depleted." Read more from The Hill.