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Lawmakers probe Ford partnership with Chinese battery supplier CATL

Ford CEO Jim Farley announces at a press conference that Ford Motor Company will be partnering with the worlds largest battery company, a China-based company called Contemporary Amperex Technology, to create an electric-vehicle battery plant in Marshall, Michigan, on February 13, 2023 in Romulus, Michigan.Bill Pugliano | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesDETROIT – U.S. lawmakers are seeking to review a licensing deal between Ford Motor and China-based CATL that would allow the automaker to produce battery cells developed by…

Lawmakers Call for Restrictions on Chinese Autonomous Vehicle Companies in the US

Published By: Paras YadavLast Updated: July 21, 2023, 10:08 ISTWashington D.C., United States of America (USA)Image used for Representation. (Photo: Reuters)The lawmakers were particularly concerned about AV vehicle and equipment testing in the United States.US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Thursday his agency has national security concerns about Chinese autonomous vehicle companies in the American market after some lawmakers called for restrictions on their operations.“Whether we are talking about

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Did Not Violate Animal Research Rules Beyond 2019 Incident, US Agency Tells Lawmakers

The head of the US agency responsible for animal welfare has told lawmakers that it did not find any violations of animal research rules at Elon Musk's Neuralink beyond a 2019 incident the brain implant company had already reported.Officials with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted a "focused" inspection in response to a complaint about the company's handling of animal experiments, but identified no compliance breaches, the agency's secretary Thomas Vilsack wrote to Congressman Earl Blumenauer in a July 14…

Lawmakers Urge Biden to Shield Health Data From Law Enforcement

More than three dozen members of Congress have signed a letter pressuring the Biden administration to step up and close an oversight in federal privacy law that allows law enforcement to obtain access to abortion records and other sensitive health data without a warrant. Lawmakers writing the letter say additional protections are needed to strengthen the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect abortion seekers and other Americans from “warrantless government surveillance.”The FTC Just

Workers that made ChatGPT less harmful ask lawmakers to stem alleged exploitation by Big Tech

Kenyan workers who helped remove harmful content on ChatGPT, OpenAI’s smart search engine that generates content based on user prompts, have filed a petition before the country’s lawmakers calling them to launch investigations on Big Tech outsourcing content moderation and AI work in Kenya. The petitioners want investigations into the “nature of work, the conditions of work, and the operations” of the big tech companies that outsource services in Kenya through companies like Sama — which is at…

US Lawmakers Seek to Lower Biofuel Compliance Credit on Blending Laws

Published By: Paras YadavLast Updated: July 13, 2023, 14:12 ISTNew York, United States of America (USA)A gas pump displays the price for E15 in US (Photo: Reuters)Under the proposed bill, refiners could buy credits around conventional biofuel blending, which includes corn-based ethanol blendingA bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation this week directing the Biden administration to allow oil refiners to purchase compliance credits for U.S. biofuel blending laws at a lower, fixed cost compared to the

European Union lawmakers back a major plan to protect nature and fight climate change

Climate activists attend a demonstration outside the European Parliament, Tuesday, July 11, 2023 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Protesters and legislators are converging on the European Union parliament in Strasbourg as the bloc faces a major vote on protecting its threatened nature and shielding it from disruptive environmental change. The vote is a test of the EU's global climate credentials. Credit: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias…

Lawmakers Demand Telecom Firms Act on Toxic Lead Cables After WSJ Investigation

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US Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bill That Could Give Government New Powers to Ban TikTok

U.S. lawmakers are considering changes to address concerns about a bill that would give the Biden administration new powers to ban Chinese-owned TikTok, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee who has cosponsored the legislation said on Monday.Democratic Senator Mark Warner told Reuters that aggressive lobbying by the ByteDance-owned short video app TikTok against the Restrict Act "slowed a bit of our momentum" after it was introduced in March.Warner said lawmakers have "a proposal on a series of amendments to make…

California’s reparations proposal moves to Newsom, lawmakers

After two years of deliberations, California’s Reparations Task Force on Thursday is sending its final report and recommendations to the state Capitol, where Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers will ultimately decide how the state should atone for slavery.“We must remind each and every one of us that the final report is not the end of the work. It’s really just the beginning,” said Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), who served on the task force, during its final meeting. “It is now up to the Legislature, which I’m part of,…