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Yes, nuclear and natural gas are better than gasoline. Furthermore, we don't burn oil to make electricity in this country, unless you count the 1% of our total electricity generation that comes from using diesel generators during outages or for a few hours during the hottest summer days. Regarding efficiency, electricity costs 60% less than gasoline on a per-mile basis. Also, the concern over battery fires turned out to be way overblown, especially for the Chevy Volt. There have been a grand total of zero Volt fires in the real world.
Except that coal accounts for a minority of our electricity generation. If you actually read the AP piece found in this article under the "new study" link, you can see that this study only really applies to the states that use coal the most: West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois. The majority of electricity generation in the U.S. comes from sources much cleaner than coal, which the AP article also explains. There is nothing like cutting out a piece of an article in order to mislead your readers, which unfortunately, Town Hall seems to be good at.
After reading through the comments, it seems that some people think Tesla does not want to have dealerships. That could not be further from the truth. The issue is that they want to run the dealerships themselves. From the customer's point of view, the only difference between a manufacturer-run dealership and a franchise dealership is that the salespeople are not paid by commission in the former. Both handle repairs, financing, and trade-ins. From Tesla's point of view, they want to do it this way so that they can train their salespeople to educate customers on the benefits of electric cars. If they franchised to local dealers, who oftentimes own several other dealerships, they could not control this process. If you were a dealer that owned one electric car dealership and three gasoline-car dealerships, would you train your salespeople at the EV dealership to tell all their customers that EVs are better than gas cars? I think not. Tesla was smart enough to realize this and that is why they want to run their dealerships themselves.
The Common Conservative, I think you may misunderstand the situation. The whole point is for Tesla to be able to operate their own dealerships. In many other states they are able to operate their own dealerships with service centers all under one roof. Unfortunately, thanks to this new law, Michigan will be one of the places where if you get a Tesla (by ordering it online), you will have no "authorized service center" to take your car to if it needs repair.
What is most disconcerting is that the Michigan state senator, Joe Hune, who introduced the language in the bill to outlaw Tesla, was actually the only senator to score 100% conservative in the American Conservative Union's legislative scoring. http://www.conservative.org/news/american-conservative-union-announces-inaugural-conservative-ratings-michigan-legislature Something not mentioned in this article is that the bill in question also enshrines into law new dealer fees that they want to tack onto every car purchase. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/raw-deal-michigan Power corrupts, apparently. Let's tell Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to veto this garbage. Ways to contact Gov. Snyder: Phone: 517-373-3400, Twitter: @onetoughnerd, Mail: P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909, Website: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57827-267869--,00.html
The state senator in Michigan who introduced the language in the bill being discussed in this article, Joe Hune, was the only Michigan state senator to score 100% conservative on the American Conservative Union's legislative scoring. Not mentioned in this article is that this bill also enshrines into law some new dealer fees that they want to charge customers on every purchase. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/raw-deal-michigan Goes to show, power corrupts.
The laws generally state that a manufacturer can't sell directly to consumers *if* that manufacturer has franchised dealers in that state. The dealers' associations are wanting to change the laws to say that manufacturers can't sell directly to consumers no matter what.
Yep. Tesla paid around $12 million in interest plus $14 million in exit payments. http://insideevs.com/tesla-repays-entire-doe-loan-taxpayers-make-12-million-on-the-deal/
Actually Tesla was one of the ones that the Dept. of Energy threw millions of dollars at. $465 million to be exact, back in 2009. Tesla repaid the loan in 2013.
Thank you, Dusty. Your story is refreshing. It is an uphill battle arguing this perspective here, however I feel like it is worth it. This really should be a conservative cause. I also go to battle on this issue on freerepublic.com (under the same name). There are only a tiny minority of us on there but I think I'm slowly starting to soften people's perspective. A little. If you ever feel like stopping by, I think your perspective would add a lot to the discussion.
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