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Comic Strip #16



Elon Musk’s Growing Empire is Fueled by $4.9 Billion in Government Subsidies

“The figure compiled by The Times comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars.”

“The federal government also provides grants or tax credits to cover 30% of the cost of solar installations. SolarCity reported receiving $497.5 million in direct grants from the Treasury Department.”

“They shored up the deal with an agreement to give Tesla $195 million in transferable tax credits, which the automaker could sell for upfront cash.”

“Tesla buyers also get a $7,500 federal income tax credit and a $2,500 rebate from the state of California. “

So I’m not the only car-obsessed mad scientist with a love affair with the IRS. What a small world we live in!

—– Dr. Tony E. Glace-Noire

“Mad science today, mainstream tomorrow!”

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I was just thinking……

Could Dr. Glacenoire’s occupation (his main 9 to 5 job, not his mad science pet projects) involve making a practical car that runs on liquid nitrogen? There are prototypes for such a car, and some of them have been built, but none are currently economically feasible (plus there are some safety issues with the storage of liquid nitrogen).  I was reading about one model liquid nitrogen car that uses superconducting properties in its engine (this could tie into Dr. Glacenoire’s superconducting project). A car project could also tie into the mad scientist’s last name, glace noire (black ice in French), which is a term given to frozen precipitation that coats roads and bridges.

Note:  Sorry for being so slow on posting the next comic strip; I’m not very fast at sketching, so I’m still working on it. I also have a tendency to change my mind a lot when it comes to planning out ideas and panels.