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July 31, 2023
Topics: AVs, EVs, Waymo, Cruise, Arrive Recommerce, environment, cannabis, Thailand, Google, tech, IRA, recycling, BEVs
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🌉Public opinion in San Fran Apparently the local jury has a verdict, at least in San Francisco. In 2022 AGREEN1 has covered Cruise and Waymo's autonomous (driverless) cars, called "AVs" in the December 19 and October 24 issues and the locals have had nearly a year to experience life with this revolutionary new technology.
An active group of San Francisco locals known as Safe Street Rebels is ready to rumble in a reaction to public safety concerns that these new vehicles are causing confusion, traffic mishaps and more problems for the famously scenic streets of San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is the regulating body. They will decide if the 100 fleet of AVs can be expanded. The hearing is scheduled for August 10.
♻️Going greener is rising As we all know by now, when returned clothing items are not good enough to be resold, they very often wind up in landfills. A California-based startup, Arrive Recommerce wants to help solve the landfill problem. Their vision is "a world without waste." That may sound anywhere from optimistic to impossible, but "a world with less waste" is 100% possible.
By working directly with brands such as Burton, YETI, Blanqi and The Citizenry, Arrive Recommerce helps them resell the products for 60% original pricing, which is quite satisfactory to them. Finding the right consumer at the right price is a retail revolution in itself. This forward-leaning startup crafting a win for all is what AGREEN1 is here to share. Yes, they are hiring.
🍁Cannabis legal in Thailand Canada has a cannabis counterpart on the other side of the equator. Thailand not only decriminalized cannabis, it removed it from the Category 5 narcotics list. In May 2022, the county's Minister of Health enabled the government to freely give away 1 million small cannabis plants to its citizens to begin cultivating this new industry at home and at the retail level. Already there are over 1,000 cannabis-related business in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.
Cannabis purchases are fully legal for tourists and locals alike if that person is at least 20 years old. There is an exception for pregnant women. They can also legally fly domestically and be in possession of it in airports. The country has approved over 6,000 cannabis-related licenses to help build a cannabis tourism industry. Ganga is what it's most often called in Thailand, the home of the legendary cannabis Thai-stick.
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⚠️Google issues warning December 2023 is when Google will begin deleting gmail accounts and more. Google photos will also be deleted by the tech giant. Why would Goggle do this? It comes down to security as hackers find inactive accounts and use them to gain access.
The tech giant is defining "inactive accounts" as those that have not been signed into "for at least 2 years". Think back if there any old gmail or Google photo accounts you have not used since 2021, and log into them soon, or kiss them goodbye, and all content associated with them such as Calendar, Docs, and Drives.
🇺🇸An Act that is hard to follow The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the gift that keeps on giving. Because of the IRA, EV battery materials recycled in the U.S. will automatically qualify for subsidies, and will be deemed "American-made." Therefore, EV brands using U.S.-recycled battery materials for EV production qualify for incentives.
The brilliance will pay dividends for decades, as it sets the course for a true circular economy. Maintaining control of the limited supply of lithium through recycling is setting up the U.S. for phenomenal success. This will give the U.S. control of the lithium in batteries constructed in China and recycled in the United States.
Companies are seeking these lucrative incentives and are racing to get those factories constructed. States that have most benefited from these tax-payer incentives are those in the Battery Belt: Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, North and South Carolinas, with Texas and Nevada following those major players.
Stay Curious... Who are we?
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Thanks again for being you. Until the next issue, be sure to add more green to your life!
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