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Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday said he's moved from California to Texas, snubbing Silicon Valley on the way out and joining major startup exodus from California since the start of the pandemic and the expansion of remote work this year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Musk in May threatened to move Tesla's business out of California after a stay-at-home order required him to shut down his sole U.S. car factory. Tesla already said earlier this year that it would build a new automobile plant in Texas, which is now in development.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise also announced last week that it plans to move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Texas.
  • Palantir technologies moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Denver earlier this year.
  • Musk predicted businesses may continue to shift out of California, telling the Journal, "I think we’ll see some reduction in the influence of Silicon Valley."

Between the lines: Texas has no state income tax and Musk is the second-richest person in the world. California, in contrast, is known for high taxes and strict regulatory policies.

Musk took a swipe at California on the way out, telling the Journal, "They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don’t win the championship anymore."

This story has been corrected to reflect that Elon Musk is moving from California. He lived in Los Angelos, not Silicon Valley.

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The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

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Why it matters: Privacy advocates have been sounding alarms for years about tech firms' expansive, sometimes inescapable data harvesting without making much headway in the U.S. But the game could change if major industry players start taking opposite sides.

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The prolonged and widespread heat wave in the West, along with the region's increasingly severe drought, is a sign of how climate change has already tilted the odds in favor of such extremes, studies show.

Why it matters: The rapidly growing Southwest, in particular, is also the nation's fastest-warming region. The combination of heat and drought could lead to a repeat, or even eclipse, the severity of 2020's wildfire season in California and other states.