The AP Interview: GM’s Barra talks electric vehicles, future
NEW YORK (AP) — The economy is a bit wobbly, but General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t backing off of an audacious prediction: She pledges that by the middle of this decade, her company will sell more electric vehicles in the U.S. than Tesla, the global sales leader. She faces some long odds against immense economic forces that are working against auto sales. But in an...
The AP Interview: GM’s Barra talks electric vehicles, future
NEW YORK (AP) — The economy is a bit wobbly, but General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t backing off of an audacious prediction: She pledges that by the middle of this decade, her company will sell more electric vehicles in the U.S. than Tesla, the global sales leader. She faces some long odds against immense economic forces that are working against auto sales. But in an interview with The Associated Press, Barra says GM can win by rolling out more affordable EVs, as well as pickup trucks and luxury vehicles. Her challenge is huge. Last year GM sold just 25,000 electric vehicles in the U.S., compared with an estimated 352,000 sold by Tesla.
Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia
Europe is feeling the pain from Russia’s war in Ukraine. Mounting pressure from high energy prices is driving record inflation and raising the likelihood of a plunge back into recession. An energy crisis fueled by European reliance on Russian natural gas has spread through the economy. Food banks in Italy are feeding more people, dairies wonder how they will pasteurize milk and the euro has sagged to a 20-year low against the dollar. While Europe struggles, Russia has stabilized its currency and inflation through a fortress economy built to withstand international sanctions. But economists say that picture is misleading and Russia has bought itself long-term economic stagnation by launching the war.
European leaders ink energy deals in bid to sidestep Russia
ROME (AP) — European leaders have ramped up their push to secure alternative energy supplies as fears escalate of a complete natural gas cutoff by Russia. The leaders of Italy, France and the European Union are sealing deals with their counterparts in Algeria, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates. Italian Premier Mario Draghi visited Algeria, whose president says a $4 billion deal would be signed Tuesday to supply “a significant quantity of gas.” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Azerbaijan on Monday to clinch a deal on increased gas supplies from the former Soviet republic. France and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to ensure oil and natural gas supplies from the Gulf country.
Washington (AP) — A new research report says the conservative TV channel Newsmax is presenting viewers with an “alternate universe” of how the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021. Newsmax has broadcast at least 40 false claims or conspiracy theories about the attack since June, when a House committee began televising its evidence about the role former President Donald Trump and his allies played that day. That’s according to NewsGuard, a tech firm that monitors misinformation. Many of the falsehoods, which have been presented by anchors, reporters and guests who include Republican U.S. representatives, have been repeatedly debunked. Newsmax did not comment on the report.
Republicans warm to $52B computer chip bill, adding momentum
WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Republicans are warming up to passing a bill that provides roughly $52 billion in incentives for the semiconductor industry. Three weeks ago, the computer chips bill looked like it could be in trouble despite having significant bipartisan support. That’s when Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said there would be no bill as long as Democrats pursued what he called a “partisan reconciliation” package. But circumstances have changed. GOP Senator John Cornyn says that removing proposed tax hikes in the reconciliation bill has opened the door to Republican cooperation on semiconductors. The Biden administration warns computer chip makers may expand overseas instead of the U.S. unless the bill passes.
Germany again rejects Russian explanation for gas supply cut
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says a turbine at the center of uncertainty about future gas deliveries through a major pipeline from Russia to Europe was only supposed to be installed in September, underlining its insistence there should be no technical obstacle to the gas flow. Meanwhile, Germany’s biggest importer of Russian gas said Monday that Russia’s Gazprom sent a letter claiming events beyond its control as the reason for shortfalls in gas deliveries. Gazprom reduced gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany by 60% last month. The Russian state-owned gas company cited alleged technical problems. German politicians say the decision was a political gambit by the Kremlin to sow uncertainty and push up energy prices.
Delta is ordering 100 737 Max 10 airplanes, the largest of the line produced by Boeing, potentially giving the manufacturer additional momentum after a troubled rollout of its most advanced aircraft. Delta has an option to purchase 30 more of the aircraft as the airline looks to keep up with surging travel demand. Boeing has struggled to keep up with its European rival Airbus after a pair of 737 Max aircraft crashed in a short span of time, killing 346 passengers and crew members. Shares of Boeing rose 4% at the opening bell Monday.
Millions swelter as UK endures its 1st extreme heat warning
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s first-ever extreme heat warning is in effect for large parts of England as hot, dry weather that has scorched mainland Europe moves north. The high heat is disrupting travel, health care and schools. Two airports were forced to close when their runways buckled. The temperature Monday reached 38.1 C (100.6 F) at Downham in eastern England, just shy of the highest-ever recorded in Britain. That record is 38.7 C (101.7 F), set in 2019. Wales did set a provisional national record of 37.1 C (95.5 F) at Hawarden. Britain’s red heat alert will last through Tuesday. The country is not remotely prepared to handle such heat since most homes, schools and small businesses don’t have air conditioning.
Yellen calls out China trade practices in South Korea visit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the U.S. and South Korea should deepen their trade ties to avoid letting other countries use their market positions to unfair advantage. During a speech in Seoul, South Korea, she said countries like China cannot be allowed to exploit their control over key raw materials, technologies, or products “to disrupt our economy or exercise unwanted geopolitical leverage.” Yellen represented the U.S. at the Group of 20 finance minister meetings on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and made stops in Tokyo and Seoul. She did not visit China, but held a call with China’s vice premier in charge of trade in early July.
Asian shares mixed as investors eye inflation, earnings
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed as investors weigh oil prices, inflation worries and corporate earnings. Benchmarks in Tokyo and Shanghai were higher in morning trading. Shares fell in Sydney, South Korea and Hong Kong, where investor sentiments were subdued after an early rally evaporated on Wall Street. Gains in energy producers, big retailers and other companies that rely on consumer spending were outweighed by a pullback in health care and technology stocks. U.S. markets are likely to remain volatile through the upcoming earnings season.