Elon Musk’s sustainability dreams for Tesla need to start in his own backyard

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California, on March 14th, 2019.  | Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Last night, as he presented Tesla’s latest “Master Plan” to investors, Elon Musk attempted to cast his company as one that would usher in “a sustainable energy Earth.” But that’s going to be really hard to do if Musk doesn’t get his own house in order first.

Tesla makes electric vehicles, solar panels, and batteries to store renewable electricity. A transition to clean energy will need those things. But making those things also needs to be done sustainably and humanely. That requires transparency and accountability, the kind of thing we’re not used to seeing from Musk and his companies.

Let’s start with some basics. For any company that says it cares about the planet, divulging how much pollution it produces is one of the first steps…

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