Silas Heineken has been flying a drone over one of Germany’s biggest construction sites for the past ten months and posting photos on YouTube. In order to see the latest developments at Elon Musk’s GigaFactory as it grows at a rapid pace from the sandy soil of Brandenburg, southeast of Berlin, the 14-year-old who calls himself “Tesla Kid,” has built up quite a following: tens of thousands of tunes every week. “He’s a great visionary who has great ideas that he’s been able to implement,”He’s a great visionary who has great ideas that he has been able to implement. “become a leading energy transition location in Germany and Europe.”become a leading energy traveler
Musk, beginning with his Model Y, has vowed to create 10,000 jobs and manufacture around 500,000 cars a year, and to build the world’s largest battery factory at the site. Politicians talk of the record of their debt to Musk, who they say could easily have gone to Asia, where labor costs are lower and environmental controls and construction requirements are less stringent. But while landowners are among those who rub their hands as land prices have increased tenfold since Musk made his intentions public in November 2019, there are abundant opponents.
Most of them say they like the scrubby hinterland of Grünheide precisely because it’s not on the map, and are horrified to see how fast the project is moving and how much forest it has already engulfed – especially on Heineken’s videos showing the construction of the foundry, press shop, paint shop and assembly plant. Grünheide is just a small town of 9,000 souls bordered by a nature reserve.
“It will become a city of 40,000 with Musk’s plans – it will be like Wolfsburg,” says Werner Klink, referring to the city west of Berlin that was built around the development of the VW car in the 1930s. Klink is a member of the Grünheide Citizens’ Initiative, a group of local residents opposed to the project.
“because of all the permits you need and the regulations you have to abide by before you even put a shovel in the ground.”because of all the permits you need and the regulations you have to comply with before you even put a shovel in the ground.
Instead, Musk has taken the very unsophisticated direction of first beginning work and then obtaining the permits. “Even if they told him he couldn’t go ahead, he’ll have already done so much damage that there’s no way to return the site to its original state,” argues Klink. After a court decision last month, one hundred acres of pine trees (the equivalent of about 26 soccer fields) have already been cut down, and another 86 acres are likely to follow. The barriers to Tesla come in the form of the sand lizard and the European smooth snake, species living in the forest, noted by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union of Germany (NABU), and are at the heart of
The attorneys of Tesla have demanded an extension of the payment deadline, the Tagesspiegel reports. 360 complaints have been filed against the project, but the project has been accepted by the authorities at their own risk. In Germany, the activity is not unusual, but on this scale it is unprecedented. Musk is a risk taker, that’s what he does, and he has relied on the fact that they would never order him to tear Just three feet below the sea, there is saltwater and there is proof that it is rising.
“We have a huge problem if it mixes with fresh water,” he said. In December, climate activists and environmentalists protested outside the Axel Springer building in Berlin because Musk’s “ambition to improve the world” was honoured by the publisher with an award of the same name, including NABU, the Society for the Conservation of Species and the Green League. Norbert Heß, spokesman for Brandenburg f