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Germans are slamming Elon Musk's plans to clear 740 acres of forest for a $45.6 million Tesla factory

Germans are slamming Elon Musk's plans to clear 740 acres of forest for a $45.6 million Tesla factory
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Tesla is gearing up to clear 740 acres of forest near Berlin, Germany for its fourth Gigafactory.




But some Germans, who have seen their native forests threatened by droughts and fires in recent years, don't want the factory in their native land.




"I am not against Tesla," one activist told Reuters on Jan. 18 at a protest. "But it's about the site; in a forest area that is a protected wildlife zone. Is this necessary?"




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Tesla announced in Nov. the location of its fourth Gigafactory: a village of less than 9,000 souls called Grunheide, some 23 miles east of Berlin.
The automaker would need to clear 740 acres of forest for the factory, which will produce up to 500,000 cars per year. The factory will employ as many as 12,000 people. Bloomberg reported that plans for the factory have already lured more investment into the village of Grunheide; some developers have plied local leadership with plans for 22-story apartment high-rises and massive malls.
But locals are pushing back. On Jan. 18, a group of some 250 protesters gathered in Grunheide to make clear their distaste for Elon Musk's plans.
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