Should we Bail-out the private-plane-flying Big Three Automakers? Lots of jobs on the line. Or should we aid real innovation that only the rich can afford? NYTimes on Elon Musk & Tesla.

Via on Nov 30, 2008

Tesla wants your money. In fact, Tesla needs your money. What, can’t afford a $100,000 plus green electric super-cool sports car? Well, Tesla is smart, I say: they’re letting the rich fund their first run of cars, and as prices drop they’ll introduce a cheaper round of family-friendly electric autos. Still, they need some help—and if we truly prize innovation, shouldn’t they get it? Or is giving even 1% of our bail-out tax money to a rich, privately-owned company just plain crazy? Read and decide—it is, after all, your money.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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4 Responses to “Should we Bail-out the private-plane-flying Big Three Automakers? Lots of jobs on the line. Or should we aid real innovation that only the rich can afford? NYTimes on Elon Musk & Tesla.”

  1. Suzanne Lainson says:

    One of my Facebook friends, Jason McCabe Calacanis, recently got a Tesla and has been posted photos of it. Thanks for posting the link to the The New York Times article. Now I know more about the car and the company.

    Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute has proposed that we rethink the automobile entirely and create something new that will be cost effective and efficient.

  2. Who we (taxpayers) support – Tesla or GM – is really a way of asking a much bigger question: Do we concentrate on seeding thousands of startups, and hope fthat our economic salvation sprouts in the form of a few wildly innovative winners? Or do we focus on improving our infrastructure by helping existing industries (not necessarily companies) make their operations and supply chains more reliable and energy efficient? Otherwise said, do we turn to entrepreneurs or system builders to help us make the huge step from a relatively simple, disconnected world to a very complex, highly connected one?

    http://blog.vanno.com/index.php/2008/11/23/tesla-gm-and-a-national-cto/

  3. [...] the enthusiasm for green fade? Probably. Will Detroit return to pickup trucks and SUVs, always safer financially in the shortrun? Or will [...]

  4. snoring aid says:

    I can not seem to understand your mind-set. Are you positive we’re conversing about the same issue?

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