News nonprofit seeks content editors for research about the track record of Elon Musk
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We are a team of caring journalists, web developers and creatives who provide high quality information to make the world a better place. All work is via the computer, so you can be anywhere. You can do the work any time of the day or night, and a choice of weekdays and/or weekends. This position is doing research to find content about the track record, actions and statements of Elon Musk for use on a website and a documentary about him. He now wields a giant amount of power due to being the richest person on earth and the owner of Twitter.
Our initial research has found many disturbing things including: 1) high levels of grave, overt racism at Tesla. Musk's response was to tell minority employees to forgive the racists, forget about it and have thicker skin. 2) Musk used illegal tactics to prevent Tesla workers from forming a union. While we are neither for or against a union at Tesla, its workers have the right to form one. It's also wrong to use illegal tactics to block it. 3) He has lied many dozens of times about his track record and his past. 4) He has viciously bullied numerous people online. 5) Other things.
It's true he made a significant contribution to climate change by helping to show that people would buy good electric cars. But well before Tesla, Nissan was a key pioneer by reaching 30,000 EVs sold per year by 2014 in the US alone, which Tesla didn't manage to do until 3 years later in 2017. Before Nissan, Toyota was the main pioneer of EVs, launching the Prius in 1997 and selling 1 million by 2008, the year Tesla released its first car and sold only 400.
Most major countries have policies that are heavily pressuring car companies to switch to electric. Today, nearly all legacy car companies are already investing massive amounts of money into switching to electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars; and dozens of EV-only companies are releasing models and ramping up production.
By mid-2021, there were already 19 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and 32 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available in the US. Globally there are about 40 BEVs and 60 PHEVs. Including the variations within each model, there are about 55 BEVs and 80 PHEVs. In the next two years, those numbers are slated to double, giving consumers a huge amount of high quality cars to choose from - https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-number-of-ev-models-will-double-by-2024/. New models such as the EV from Lucid Motors have already toppled Tesla from being the most highly rated EV by car reviewers like Motor Trend.
So the switch to EVs is not at all dependent on Musk or Tesla. It will take place even if Tesla disappeared tomorrow. In addition, the amount of carbon generated by production and sale of a pricey Tesla is much higher than is generated by a Leaf and other lower-priced EVs. Moreover, a serious percentage of Tesla owners buy it as a extra vehicle for fun or for status, and making those unnecessary cars is hurting climate change, not helping it. Rich people buying a gas car and EV and driving each 50% of the time are creating more carbon than if they just bought a gas car and drove it all the time.
15 years after it started, Tesla still has not launched an affordable mass market car that regular people can afford. It was supposed to do that by now. But at the start of 2022, Musk said Tesla wasn't even working on that, and instead focusing on increasing sales of its pricey cars. Also, most Teslas use electricity that mostly comes from oil, gas and coal. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would avoid this problem, but Musk has regularly attacked that technology, perhaps because his own for-profit company didn't know how to do fuel cells. By convincing the world to use carbon-fueled EVs and ignore fuel cells that are much greener, Musk may have done a large dis-service to the world in order to reap great profits to fund his Mars colony.
Despite the above limits to the narrative Musk has created for himself of being a savior, it appears that he acts as if he is entitled to treat many people poorly, including many of his employees, especially the minority ones. He also acts as if it's fine for him to break the law, and also fine for him to lie about and exaggerate his track record in order to get a marketing advantage over the other EV makers. So we are in the process of researching these things more deeply and thoroughly. We will publish a website with our findings, and also plan to make a YouTube video and one-hour documentary with the findings.
The volunteer work will include one or more of the following depending on current needs:
A) Research and compile content from news articles and websites.
B) Watch YouTube videos including past interviews for possible content including quotes of statements he's made.
C) Viewi and check content that we've already come up with.
D) Editing and preparing parts of the video and documentary.
E) Other things depending on what's needed.
Prior experience isn’t needed, but the following things are required:
- Be organized and pay great attention to details
- Have a good quality memory so you can absorb information
- Be comfortable using a computer and learning to use web apps. Most of the content you research would be added to an online spreadsheet at Google Sheets. It's very similar to Excel. If you've never used a spreadsheet, it's not much harder to learn than a word processing app. But this role is not suitable for a luddite or a semi-luddite.
- Be self-motivated to stay on track when working from home
- Proficient in English
We can give job references and LinkedIn endorsements to volunteers who do good quality work.
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April 29, 2022
- Reading / Writing
- Copy Writing / Copy Editing
- Internet Research
- People 55+
- Must be at least 16
- A minimum of 1 of these: 10 hours a week for 6 months, 20 a week for 3 months, 30 a week for 2 months or 40 a week for 1.5 months. We tend to give preference to people who can do a strong number of total hours. I.e. the # months times the # of hours.