Elon Musk Flees Californian Coronavirus Lockdown, Relocates to Texas

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; Would the last Californian please remember to turn out the… oh never mind.

Elon Musk confirms he’s moved to Texas after a months-long fight with California

Graham Rapier Dec 9, 2020, 5:59 AM

After months of speculation, Elon Musk on Tuesday confirmed he has moved to Texas.

“For myself, yes, I have moved to Texas,” Musk continued. “We’ve got the Starship development here in South Texas where I am right now. We’re hopefully going to do a launch later today. And then we’ve got big factory developments just outside of Austin for Giga Texas.”‘

His move has been months in the making

Musk’s divorce with California began largely this spring, when local coronavirus restrictions forced Tesla to temporarily close its only US car factory in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-confirms-move-to-texas-2020-12

If California cannot hold on to green heroes like Elon Musk, just how many businesses is California about to lose, with their high costs, unreliable electricity, and Covid-19 lockdown radicalism?

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Dan Sudlik
December 10, 2020 2:10 pm

All would be an appropriate number. Do the people actually elect this people or do they just use Dominion software!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Dan Sudlik
December 10, 2020 5:51 pm

Hell No!!

Those Libtards in Hollywood and SanFran can stay right where they are… and enjoy the Homeless Hell they created with their “good Intentions” on the streets and underpasses.

FoxIsn'tNews
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 11, 2020 4:32 am

Yes, yes. Poor “failed” California, aka the 5th largest economy in the world.

California: where near-constant sunshine and lack of snow in the largest cities make the streets more survivable than chillier regions, thus attracting a disproportionate number of homeless, who those kooky Californians choose to treat in the manner with which all the alleged “Christians” who haunt this site ought to be familiar:

Proverbs 14:31– Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Deuteronomy 15:11– For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
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It isn’t surprising to hear Pharisees– whoops meant to say “WUWT comment section regulars”– being hypocritical (and surprisingly bitchy for a group composed mostly of males…) It IS surprising they are so ignorant and contemptuous of the book they contend is the literal word of god.

Okay, okay… that’s actually not surprising either.

Gary Wescom
Reply to  FoxIsn'tNews
December 11, 2020 7:20 am

Nice looking straw man you built there. Sorry you knocked it down so quickly.

Doug Huffman
Reply to  Gary Wescom
December 11, 2020 9:57 am

Had to. It was a flaming strawman, soon reduced to ashes. Share the Kiss of Peace

MarkW
Reply to  FoxIsn'tNews
December 11, 2020 10:54 am

Yet another progressive who thinks that stealing money from those who work in order to give it to those who don’t want to work, counts as charity.

I’m willing to bet that the above poster has never given a penny to the poor.

I love it when people who have never read the Bible, try to tell others what it means.

Anonymous
Reply to  FoxIsn'tNews
December 13, 2020 8:56 am

As a regular reader and occasional contributor to the comments section and supporter of two homeless people over a total period of 25 years I condemn your judgmental comments

beng135
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 11, 2020 7:27 am

Streets of San Francisco? There’s a guy named Carl M in a trench-coat with an oversize nose snooping around there……. 🙂

john harmsworth
Reply to  Dan Sudlik
December 11, 2020 10:19 am

Eventually it will be a state of nothing but homeless people, wandering around through massive piles of human excrement. Paradise! By that time, all the Democrat politicians will have moved away to practise their grift in more affluent areas.

sky king
December 10, 2020 2:22 pm

The Californication of Texas is accelerating.

Dan Sudlik
Reply to  sky king
December 10, 2020 2:32 pm

I hope they are smart enough not to turn Texas into California2👍

MarkW
Reply to  Dan Sudlik
December 10, 2020 3:41 pm

Oregon was CA2
Washington was CA3
Colorado was CA4

If they haven’t figured it out yet, I doubt they ever will.

meiggs
Reply to  MarkW
December 10, 2020 4:13 pm

Yep TX is fuct

accordionsrule
Reply to  MarkW
December 10, 2020 7:07 pm

Nevada is California5

john harmsworth
Reply to  accordionsrule
December 11, 2020 10:22 am

Why don’t the Democrats all just go to Venezuela? The work is pretty well complete there.

TonyG
Reply to  MarkW
December 11, 2020 8:09 am

NC is in there somewhere too. Not completely yet, but getting there rapidly.

MarkW
Reply to  TonyG
December 11, 2020 10:55 am

Don’t believe you can blame NC on CA. Makes more sense to blame your problems on VA.

TonyG
Reply to  MarkW
December 11, 2020 12:24 pm

My first 2 years in NC I met more people from CA than I did from NC. There’s a surprising number of them.

But NY contributes too. Same problem with all of them though.

John Endicott
Reply to  TonyG
December 14, 2020 7:42 am

For the blue plague on the East Cost, blame people fleeing the blue bastions of NY. For the west coast it’s Cali refugees. It seems none of them learn from their experience, they know enough to want to flee the s-holes but never seem to put 2 and 2 together and realize the policies they push are responsible for those places having become s-holes in the first place, and just end up exporting their crappy policies into their new locations.

John VC
Reply to  Dan Sudlik
December 10, 2020 3:45 pm

I lived in the Austin area from 1970 until about 10 years ago when I left the blue for the red of North Central Texas. I can attest that beginning in the 1980’s CA transplants started bidding up the price of housing to a point where few indigenous folks could compete—gee i can buy two houses here for what I sold my house back in CA for. It went down hill from there, as the I-35 corridor become increasingly blue. For some reason, those Californian nut jobs can’t help themselves, fleeing all the high taxes and socialist mess and immediately wanting to change the new place into the same old place.

Steveeas
Reply to  John VC
December 11, 2020 3:27 am

Austin is a joke.

Chuck no longer in Houston
Reply to  John VC
December 18, 2020 1:28 pm

During the mid-to-late 70’s I regularly spent weekends in Austin with friends going to school there or for motorcycle adventures out by Bee Cave Rd and FM 2222 (now all suburbia). It was fun then. A lot of fun. A college town with a state government. Then IBM arrived in the 80s followed over the years by many of the high tech firms there now. They roont it.

Old.George
December 10, 2020 2:23 pm

I used to live in California.

Editor
Reply to  Old.George
December 10, 2020 3:34 pm

As did I, Old.George, more than 25 years ago. I then relocated to Texas…Houston to be more specific. Truth be told: I had more fun in Texas…where my money went a whole lot farther…than I did in California.

Regards,
Bob

William Grubel
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
December 10, 2020 10:04 pm

I didn’t relocate. I escaped.

John the Econ
Reply to  Old.George
December 10, 2020 4:00 pm

I did too. But I saw the writing on the wall back in the ’80s, and made my escape at the end of the ’90s. The problem is that both of my domiciles since are now being Californicated. I don’t know where I can escape to next.

Meab
Reply to  John the Econ
December 10, 2020 4:37 pm

I made my exit from California in the early 90s – it was already getting bad. My new house was half the price, I paid much lower taxes, I experienced far less crime – I never had my car stolen and never got mugged at knife-point again, I experienced far better roads and traffic, drinkable water, cheaper gasoline, and more accessible health care. Californians are nuts to put up with the worst State Government in the nation.

John the Econ
Reply to  Meab
December 11, 2020 10:01 am

There’s the problem: Californian’s are getting the absolute worst returns on their tax “investment in society” and yet they keep voting for more of the same.

MarkW
Reply to  Meab
December 11, 2020 10:56 am

I chose an out of state college back in ’78, and never looked back.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  John the Econ
December 10, 2020 6:06 pm

Idaho and Wyoming will be the last to fall to the Libtard horde invasion.
Idaho is attracting lots of Californians with its affordable CoL and safe cities and towns and skiing and mountains. They’re like locusts spreading across wheat fields of innocence.
Not in my lifetime though for Wyoming.

Doug Huffman
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 11, 2020 9:59 am

Sandpoint, Boise, Californicated.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  John the Econ
December 10, 2020 9:15 pm

As a young boy, my family left California for Washington State in 1952. We were living in east L.A. and my parents didn’t care for some of the neighborhood kids I was associating with.

Dena
Reply to  Old.George
December 10, 2020 4:10 pm

I lived in California but bailed out in 2011. I voted against the high speed train to nowhere and I knew the state was done for when it passed. I brought my conservative politics to Arizona as they weren’t appreciated in California, Now they can now make the state exactly what they want without my interference. I hope they enjoy it because I didn’t.

Tommyboy
December 10, 2020 2:23 pm

Don’t worry about those lights they extinguish themselves at sundown.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Tommyboy
December 10, 2020 5:54 pm

who needs electricity after dark anyways???

Joel Snider
December 10, 2020 2:34 pm

Guess he’s about to help screw up Texas now.

Anyone think he’s actually learned anything?

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Joel Snider
December 11, 2020 10:02 am

Don’t kid yourself, he sees the coming end of subsidy farming in Cali, and greener fields for it in Texas.

George
December 10, 2020 2:36 pm

I moved to Texas 2 months ago after 62 years in California. Fear not fellow Texans, I don’t vote Blue.

Gary Pearse
December 10, 2020 2:45 pm

Elon seems to be differentiating himself from the Silicon Valley Comintern. He sees what they don’t see happening to California as a place for business.

Carl Friis-Hansen
December 10, 2020 2:55 pm

Elon may not need to fear the COVID-19 lock-down much longer.
There has been new developments.

Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media.

We, doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.
The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.
We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.

https://docs4opendebate.be/en/open-letter/

////// And the WHO: //////

The open letter may be what triggered the WHO to ban lock-downs.

❗️BREAKING NEWS 🌎 Die WHO demands an immediate end to lock-downs
Ref: https://t.me/freetothink/22

Wim Röst
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
December 10, 2020 3:49 pm

Carl Friis-Hansen: “The open letter may be what triggered the WHO to ban lock-downs”

WR: Where do you read that the WHO bans lock-downs? Isn’t meant instead of “WHO demands”: ‘the WHO is demanded’?
Aufruf zur Zeugenaussage für Den Haag – Call for testimony for The Hague
https://2020news.de/aufruf-zur-zeugenaussage-fur-den-haag-verbrechen-gegen-die-menschlichkeit/

(+ the letter from Belgian medical docters is not really a ‘new development’. The date of the letter is September 5th 2020)

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
December 10, 2020 4:12 pm

I heard the tail end of a newscast last night that stated there are severe allergic reactions to the vaccine being used *AND* there is a new strain of the virus.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 10, 2020 6:26 pm

Don’t know where you heard that, or anything about a new strain, but the allergic reactions appear to be in people who are prone to allergic reactions. The people who had the reactions were already carrying epi pens. A warning has already gone out that people in such condition should avoid the vaccine.

james fosser
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
December 11, 2020 1:37 pm

Didnt the people who conducted the trials of the virus that is now being released in the UK never notice allergic reactions amongst the thousands of people recruited during the trials? Rather strange.

John Endicott
Reply to  james fosser
December 14, 2020 7:35 am

There’s always a risk of allergic reactions. That a small handful of people (that you can count on the fingers of one hand) had a bad reaction does not necessarily mean a significant portion of those taking it will – it’s quite possible that amongst the thousands during the trials that none of them, or at worse a statistically insignificant few, had any such issues during the trials.

In short, if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, you’d probably be best to avoid taking the vaccine. if you don’t have such a history, you should be fine to take it.

Keep in mind, how rare such reactions are. According to Louisa James, a expert in immunology at Queen Mary University of London, “In the UK in 2012 there were around seven hospital admissions per 100,000 people for severe allergies. This included different triggers such as foods, drugs and insect stings,” Fatalities are ever rarer.

rbabcock
Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 10, 2020 6:32 pm

There will always be a new strain of the virus.. that’s what they do.

FoxIsn'tNews
Reply to  rbabcock
December 11, 2020 4:46 am

Yep. It’s called “evolution.: And here in the WUWT comments section it is denied foolishly, loudly and often.

MarkW
Reply to  FoxIsn'tNews
December 11, 2020 10:58 am

There was once a time when progressives believed that shaming everyone in a group for the actions of a few members of that group is a form of bigotry and wasn’t to be tolerated.

Either those progressives were lying, or progressives have devolved as they have gained power.

John Endicott
Reply to  FoxIsn'tNews
December 14, 2020 7:19 am

Of course progressives were lying, it’s what they do. Beyond that, though, it’s not an “or”, it’s an “and”.

tty
Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 11, 2020 10:29 am

Was there ever a vaccine that didn’t cause occasional allergic reactions?

John Endicott
Reply to  tty
December 14, 2020 7:51 am

Pretty much never. allergic reactions are specific to the person with the allergy. And no matter what it is (food, clothing fabrics, drugs, etc), there’s bound to be a very tiny subset of the population that will have an allergic reaction, possibly even a severe reaction. Not pleasant for that subset, but harmless to the vast majority of the population.

SMC
December 10, 2020 3:10 pm

As long as he and all the other former Californians leave their political disfunction in the PRCa, no problem.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Eric Worrall
December 10, 2020 5:45 pm

Trump won by a large margin in Texas.

Ron Long
December 10, 2020 3:29 pm

Eric, you are bad and getting worse. You may take that as a compliment.

Deacon
December 10, 2020 3:40 pm

But they won’t
the NYer’s and New England bunch brought all of their liberal policies south to NC and VA…now taking GA

Chris Hanley
December 10, 2020 3:57 pm

Unreliable and expensive electricity shouldn’t be a problem.
Musk reckons the world can run entirely on solar and batteries but doesn’t practice what he preaches.
The Tesla ‘gigafactory’ in Fremont CA has a huge roof, looking on GoogleEarth there seems to be a lot of corrosion but no solar panels, not one.

John the Econ
December 10, 2020 4:05 pm

California’s income tax regime becomes more lopsided every day. The bloated state budget is now supported more and more by the income and capital gains taxes of literally a few dozen tech billionaires. When enough of them get pissed off enough to leave as well, the whole house of cards collapses. Watch out, middle class of California. If you thought it was bad already, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Meab
December 10, 2020 4:11 pm

Now we know why Elon Mush was selling all of his California properties earlier this year. Had nothing to do with his phony claim that he was selling almost all of his earthly possessions.

Rob_Dawg
December 10, 2020 4:17 pm

IBACBF. It’s broken and cannot be fixed.

Don’t get me wrong. Single party states fail It doesn’t matter which party. The fail just differs. Kalifornia has been exclusively left for so long the traditional metes and measures no longer serve to swing the pendulum to center.

It has only been recently that due to technology and mobility has it been possible to “vote with your feet” as Elon Musk has demonstrated.

Flight Level
December 10, 2020 4:19 pm

Don’t mess with Texas. Send that guy back to the green swamp hell that he helped to create and where he belongs.

Analitik
December 10, 2020 4:28 pm

There goes the neighborhood…

10MPlayer
December 10, 2020 5:34 pm

Boca Chica was one of my dad’s fishing spots in the late 40’s just after “the war”. I was born a few miles north in Harlingen and lived in San Benito, home of Freddie Fender, before moving westward. I’m not sure where a bajillionaire would stay down there. It’s one of the poorest areas of the country. Beautiful place, subtropical climate, but poor as dirt.

sky king
Reply to  10MPlayer
December 10, 2020 8:30 pm

Sounds like my kind of place.

10MPlayer
December 10, 2020 5:37 pm

No worries about Silicon Valley being shut down by PG&E. They focus on the rural foothills (very conservative) and the Central Valley (poor Mexicans). They aren’t stupid enough to bite the hand that feds them.

climatebeagle
December 10, 2020 5:54 pm

Leaving California tonight after 30+ years for a state with no income tax.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  climatebeagle
December 10, 2020 6:01 pm

There’s plenty to chose from: Nevada, Washington, Wyoming, Texas, Florida.

Joel O'Bryan
December 10, 2020 5:59 pm

With Tesla’s irrational run-up in stock value, Musk has now passed Bill Gates in the No. 2 position behind Amazon’s Bezo.

Good thing he has all that money. He’s going to need it to fund a small army of tax lawyers to try to keep California Revenue chasers from claiming he owes them hundreds of million$ (or even Billions$$) in Cap Gains with this year’s Tesla run-up in value. Cal will chase him in court in the coming years trying to take Billions from him in taxes.

Analitik
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 10, 2020 6:23 pm

That would be a great outcome – California and Elon Musk being bled in legal fees

rbabcock
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 10, 2020 6:38 pm

There was an old Bonanza TV show where the local tax collector was counting all unborn cattle as taxable and Ben and Little Joe were about to string him up. I wasn’t very old when it played but for some reason really remember it.

Old Retired Guy
December 10, 2020 6:35 pm

As the retired chief tax officer of a Fortune 100 Company, his capital gains are probably safe. No State can adopt an exit tax, and he hasn’t sold significant shares. But what could be a big issue is the share grant he is receiving (received?) when Tesla meets certain goals. That is compensation, and I could see California wanting to prorate that income based on the days in California during the period of the earnout.

Ian Coleman
December 10, 2020 6:55 pm

I don’t know nothin’ but this could be Musk looking for an excuse to fold Tesla. I just can’t figure Tesla out, as a business. It doesn’t make a profit and can’t make a profit. Musk is attempting to sell cars that cost far more than existing cars, and yet don’t work as well. He has no sustainable market, except among very affluent people who are probably buying his cars as a fad. The whole thing is a giant stock swindle, masquerading as a business.

Remember the DeLorean? Well, Tesla is DeLorean II.

Mr.
December 10, 2020 7:32 pm

I thought all the Cali glitterati were supposed to have moved to Canada when D. Trump became POTUS back in 2016.

ANDY MANSELL
Reply to  Mr.
December 10, 2020 10:20 pm

Don’t hold your breath- we had the same here in the UK back in 2010, all the luvvies were going to leave if we voted Conservative. Four election defeats later, (five if you count Brexit which sent them into total meltdown), and there still here. How many times do I have to vote Conservative before they actually leave?

sky king
December 10, 2020 8:28 pm

Doing business in Austin 80s and 90s loved eating at The County Line.
My company made employees check their guns in with the receptionist before entry. LOL

Eric Stephan
December 10, 2020 11:09 pm

More and more, a common event: Here in Ventura County, just north of LA, yesterday the power company had to shut off power to many of us — as a preventative measure — due to 25-35 mph winds. Are you kidding me??? Growing up in midwestern Missouri with a a dad who was a power company lineman, for us 25-35 mph winds were just a blustery day. Even in our very rural SE MO location, we never experienced power outages, except when the weight of January ice storm would overload the power lines and cause some to come down. (Dad would leave the house to fix the problem and we would be left to crank up the fireplace and candles.) Living in suburban CA now feels more 3rd world than what I experienced growing up.

Stuart Nachman
December 11, 2020 3:54 am

What a waste of a gorgeous state with an ideal climate. A sister and her two sons and their families have lived in southern California for many years and my family has visited numerous times. My son enjoyed surfing the breaks from San Diego north to Santa Barbara. My wine fixation was satiated for 50 years of visits to Napa/Sonoma and the former liveable San Francisco. I could have retired in Montecito if I could have afforded it. The governing class there is like a bad dream.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Stuart Nachman
December 11, 2020 8:21 am

I agree – I lived in LA for six months back in ’68. It was a world away from ol’ Blighty.

My fond memories leave me saddened by what it has become.

Bruce Cobb
December 11, 2020 5:57 am

The ranches there are so big that it takes two or three charging stations to drive your EV around it.

RickWill
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 11, 2020 5:32 pm

It would take a single charge just to cross Australia’s largest cattle station. 164km north to south and a bit less east to west; total of 24,000sq.km. Not a lot of cattle for the land area – tough country.

beng135
December 11, 2020 7:23 am

He fled Californicate, but he dares not EVER criticize them. Or CHIIINA either.

David S
December 11, 2020 8:19 am

The refuges from California are fleeing the results of the disastrous liberal policies that are destroying that state. But unfortunately they bring with them the same liberal policies that ruined California. They will also ruin Texas.

Deserttrek
December 11, 2020 9:51 am

Ok smart guy, are you going to buy houses and provide houses?
Fork musk, the guy has money to do as he wants, the majority of us don’t

Econoclast
December 11, 2020 12:32 pm

Not sure what California# AZ is but I cringe every time I see a California license plate…which has gotten to be to often. They have brought their politics here and working on turning us blue. TX lookout.

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