Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Filing A Lawsuit In California Over Quarantine Orders, May Relocate Manufacturing to Texas and Nevada

Rachel S

If ever you were looking for a perfect case study to understand why California sucks so much, especially compared to other states, Elon Musk is here to help. Again. Thanks, Elon!

The billionaire founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and all sorts of cool sh*t has filed a lawsuit against Alameda County in California for what he claims are unconstitutional quarantine measures.

The dispute arose over Tesla’s decision to reopen its Fremont factory after the state of California loosened its shelter in place order this week. However, Alameda County, where the factory is located, continues to have a shelter in place order in effect and the local restrictions take precedence over the state ones.

“Contrary to the Governor’s recent guidance and support from the City of Fremont, Alameda County is insisting we should not resume operations,” Tesla’s blog post read. “This is not for lack of trying or transparency since we have met with and collaborated on our restart plans with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Unfortunately, the County Public Health Officer who is making these decisions has not returned our calls or emails.”

Musk then took it a step further, announcing that he and Tesla would be peacing out of California for good:

California is reacting pretty much exactly how you’d expect. “How dare you exercise your rights as a free businessman and American to leave to someplace that is actually business-friendly!! Evil evil capitalist!!”

That’s all subtext, by the way. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was much more succinct.

Honestly, why bother with the asterisk? Just nut up and speak ya damn mind.

Nevada and Texas, being the pro-business and sane states that they are, are understandably delighted by Musk’s announcement. Collective COTR crush Dan Crenshaw tweeted his excitement for Texas’s future:

And Nevada is thrilled about new jobs showing up, because when the country is facing a 14.7% unemployment rate, business-friendly policies are a thing you should kinda focus on (cough cough California cough).

Tl;dr: Sucks to suck, Cali.