Tesla Motors sold more electric cars than any other automaker, turning its first profit in 10 years. [LA Times]
The Palo Alto automaker on Wednesday reported net income of $11.2 million, or 12 cents a share, in the three month period that ended March 31. That’s up from a loss of $89.9 million, or 76 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had predicted a profit of 4 cents a share.
Tesla reported revenue of $561.8 million on record sales of 4,900 of its top-of-the-line Model S sedans. That surpassed the company’s forecast by more than 250 vehicles and prompted the automaker to raise its 2013 forecast. It now expects to sell about 21,000 of its Model S vehicles by the end of this year….
For the quarter, Tesla was the top seller of rechargeable cars in North America, surging past Nissan Motor Co.‘s 3,695 deliveries of the Leaf and General Motors Co.‘s 4,421 sales of the Volt plug-in hybrid.
The U.S. climate negotiators’ plan to allow each country in the world to set its own emissions reduction targets is gaining ground, though China is pushing for more binding targets. [Guardian]
An Arkansas Congressman who supports Keystone nevertheless wants the leaky Pegasus pipeline that spilled in the town of Mayflower recently moved from his state. [Inside Climate News]
Some wonder if there will be a deal should the Keystone pipeline be approved, including some (assumedly) major climate or renewable energy policy. [New York Times]
Mark Zuckerberg’s Fwd.us group’s embrace of fossil fuels is catching flak from the tech industry. [LA Times]
Shell Oil will dril two miles underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, which would be the world’s deepest well. [Guardian]
The Keeling curve measuring carbon dioxide continues to show that levels are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years, and the trend will be crossing 400 parts per million very soon. [Washington Post]
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse last night on the senate floor made the biblical argument for climate action. [Raw Story]
An increasing variety of groups are moving to block the sale of several major newspapers to the Koch brothers. [New York Times]
With another above-average hurricane season predicted, President Obama and electric utility executives met to discuss “lessons learned” from Superstorm Sandy. [Businessweek]