Lithium, the common ingredient in almost all electric-car batteries, has become so precious that it is often called white gold. But something surprising has happened recently: The metal’s price has fallen, helping to make electric vehicles more affordable. Since January, the price of lithium has dropped by nearly 20 percent, according to Benchmark Minerals, even […]Read More
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Toxic Chemical Rules Pose Test for Biden
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to impose some of the first new rules in a generation to restrict or ban an array of toxic chemicals that are widely used in manufacturing, presenting the White House with tough choices between its economic agenda and public health. Many of the substances in question are important […]Read More
What to Know About the Recent Eye Drop Recalls
Two brands of eye drops were pulled from shelves in January and February after they were linked to a drug-resistant bacteria strain that has caused at least one person’s death and serious health issues in others. Weeks later, two other types of eye drops were recalled because they posed a different kind of contamination risk. […]Read More
A Hungarian Town Seethes Over a Giant Chinese Battery Plant
The small-town mayor, long a loyal foot soldier for Hungary’s governing party, recently committed what he described as “political suicide,” throwing himself in the path of an enormous $7.8 billion Chinese battery factory project promoted by his dissent-intolerant prime minister, Viktor Orban. “It is like lying in front of a steamroller,” Zoltan Timar, the mayor […]Read More
Biden to Announce Nuclear-Powered Submarine Deal with Australia and Britain
WASHINGTON — President Biden plans to announce on Monday a landmark agreement with the leaders of Britain and Australia to develop fleets of nuclear-powered attack submarines that the three nations would use to strengthen their naval forces across the Asia-Pacific region as China bolsters its own navy. The purchase and training agreements on submarines amount […]Read More
Why Russia Has Such a Strong Grip on Europe’s Nuclear Power
The pinched cylinders of Russian-built nuclear power plants that dot Europe’s landscape are visible reminders of the crucial role that Russia still plays in the continent’s energy supply. Europe moved with startling speed to wean itself off Russian oil and natural gas in the wake of war in Ukraine. But breaking the longstanding dependency on […]Read More
Ukraine Needs Shells, and Arms Makers Want Money. Enter the E.U.
BRUSSELS — So desperate is Ukraine for ammunition, it is firing considerably fewer artillery shells than it otherwise would, its defense minister says. But it is still going through shells faster than the West can produce or supply them, and making more shells is expensive. If arms manufacturers are to increase production and build new […]Read More
They’re Exporting Billions in Arms. Just Not to Ukraine.
CHANGWON, South Korea — A year after Russia invaded Ukraine, the war has spurred a global effort to produce more missiles, tanks, artillery shells and other munitions. And few countries have moved as quickly as South Korea to increase output. Last year, South Korea’s arms exports rose 140 percent to a record $17.3 billion, including […]Read More
Leave Russia? A Year Later Many Companies Can’t, or Won’t.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, a phalanx of Western companies pledged to get out fast from what had once been an important market. McDonald’s dismantled its golden arches after 32 years. The oil giant BP moved to divest its mammoth Russian investments. The French automaker Renault sold its factories for the symbolic sum of one ruble. […]Read More
Whiskey Fungus Fed by Jack Daniel’s Encrusts a Tennessee Town
The ethanol-fueled fungus known as whiskey fungus has thrived for centuries around distilleries and bakeries. It’s been the source of complaints from residents who live near Kentucky bourbon distilleries, Canadian whiskey makers and Caribbean rum manufacturers. Now, it is driving a wedge between some residents of Lincoln County, Tenn., and Jack Daniel’s, the famed distillery […]Read More
Biden’s Semiconductor Plan Bets on Federal Aid to Change Corporate Behavior
WASHINGTON — President Biden’s plan to plow billions of dollars into semiconductor manufacturing represents a sharp turn in American economic policy, one aimed at countering China by building up a single, critical industry. But Mr. Biden is going even further. He is using the money to change how corporations behave. If semiconductor manufacturers want a […]Read More
What is in the CHIPS Act, Aimed at Childcare Expansion and National Security
The Biden administration unveiled new rules Tuesday for its “Chips for America” program to build up semiconductor research and manufacturing in the United States, beginning a new rush toward federal funding in the sector. The Commerce Department has $50 billion to hand out in the form of direct funding, federal loans and loan guarantees. It […]Read More
Biden Administration to Impose Financial Restrictions for Chip Makers
WASHINGTON — Companies that receive federal subsidies from a $39 billion program to support semiconductor manufacturing will be required to meet strict financial conditions, including in some cases sharing unforeseen profits with the government, according to a document viewed by The New York Times. The new guidelines, which will be released by the Commerce Department […]Read More
Biden Administration Plans Crackdown on Migrant Child Labor
The Biden administration on Monday announced a wide crackdown on the labor exploitation of migrant children around the United States, including more aggressive investigations of companies benefiting from their work. The announcement came days after The New York Times published an investigation that revealed the growth of migrant child labor throughout the United States. Children, […]Read More
To Tap Federal Funds, Chip Makers Will Need to Provide Child Care
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to leverage the federal government’s expansive investment in the semiconductor industry to make progress on another goal: affordable child care. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department will announce that any semiconductor manufacturer seeking a slice of nearly $40 billion in new federal subsidies will need to essentially guarantee affordable, high-quality child […]Read More
Niños migrantes desempeñan trabajos crueles en EE. UU.
Durante décadas, los niños han cruzado la frontera sur por su cuenta y, desde 2008, Estados Unidos ha permitido que los menores que no son mexicanos vivan con patrocinadores mientras pasan por los trámites de inmigración, que pueden durar varios años. La política, codificada en la legislación contra la trata de personas, pretende evitar daños […]Read More
Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.
It was almost midnight in Grand Rapids, Mich., but inside the factory everything was bright. A conveyor belt carried bags of Cheerios past a cluster of young workers. One was 15-year-old Carolina Yoc, who came to the United States on her own last year to live with a relative she had never met. About every […]Read More
Chip Makers Turn Cutthroat in Fight for Share of Federal Money
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told reporters on Wednesday that the goal was to create “at least two” new clusters of manufacturing capacity for leading-edge chips, in addition to facilities producing other kinds of semiconductors. Each cluster would employ thousands of workers and support a web of businesses supplying the raw materials and services they need. […]Read More
How One Ukrainian Company Survived, and Thrived, Through a Year of War
It was exactly a year ago, and the Ukrainian pet food maker Kormotech had concluded its annual meeting. The mood was buoyant. Business was booming, the factory was running 24/7, and sales were projected to grow by double digits. “We had a beautiful budget,” Rostyslav Vovk, the company’s chief executive and founder, recalled almost dreamily. […]Read More
Inside Taiwanese Chip Giant, a U.S. Expansion Stokes Tensions
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s biggest maker of advanced computer chips, is upgrading and expanding a new factory in Arizona that promises to help move the United States toward a more self-reliant technological future. But to some at the company, the $40 billion project is something else: a bad business decision. Internal doubts are […]Read More
Why ‘Made in China’ Is Becoming ‘Made in Mexico’
Peter S. Goodman contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike […]Read More
Tesla Fired Buffalo Workers Seeking to Organize, Union Says
Tesla fired at least 18 employees, including several leaders of a unionization campaign, a day after they announced plans to organize a Tesla plant in Buffalo, workers said in a filing to the National Labor Relations Board. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, has been blunt in his opposition to unions, and the company […]Read More
Electric Vehicles Could Match Gasoline Cars on Price This Year
Declines in new car prices are pushing down used electric vehicle prices, too. They have fallen 17 percent since July, according to Recurrent, which tracks the used car market. That’s largely because of Tesla cutting the price of the Model 3 and G.M. lowering the price of the Chevrolet Bolt by almost $6,000 last year. […]Read More
Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Coming Soon. Maybe.
More than three years after Elon Musk stunned the auto industry with an electric pickup truck that looked more like a stealth fighter than a way to haul two-by-fours and drywall, Tesla said last week that it would begin building the vehicle by the end of 2023. The announcement has helped fuel a recovery in […]Read More
Do You Work in the Auto Industry? We Want to Hear From You.
Growth in sales of electric vehicles has created thousands of jobs in auto manufacturing, batteries and other new fields, but not without turmoil. There is talk of layoffs at some suppliers and automakers even as other companies expand. I cover the auto industry for The New York Times, and I am planning to write about […]Read More
The Great Construction Mystery
Olson, an economist, was known for seminal work on the conditions under which groups would, and would not, cooperate. Here, he turned it into a theory for why nations often stagnate amid affluence and thrive in the aftermath of chaos. His key insight is that it’s not easy for groups capable of collective action to […]Read More
Why Chinese Companies Are Investing Billions in Mexico
Bill Chan had never set foot anywhere in Mexico, let alone the lonely stretch of desert in the north of the country where he abruptly decided to build a $300 million factory. But that seemed a trifling detail amid the pressure to adapt to a swiftly changing global economy. It was January 2022, and Mr. […]Read More