Tell Chris Christie: Lift the ban on Tesla’s electric cars in New Jersey
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Governor Chris Christie just caved to car dealerships and banned Tesla Motors from selling electric cars in New Jersey.
Chris Christie knows the damage that climate change poses to our communities as well as anyone. With transportation making up more than a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, he should be welcoming Tesla's innovations in clean transportation - not making it harder for people in New Jersey to get access to clean electric vehicles.
Governor Christie's Tesla ban comes less than a week after returning from the conservative CPAC conference, where he said, “We need to talk about the fact that we’re for a free-market society that allows your effort and your ingenuity to determine your success, not the cold, hard hand of government determining winners and losers.”1
But blocking ingenuity is exactly what Christie hypocritically did by unilaterally ending all sales of Tesla's electric cars in New Jersey. The decision came at the behest of New Jersey car dealerships, which don’t like Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model, and will effectively force Tesla's current dealerships in New Jersey to close.
Governor Christie has said how serious the threat of climate change is before, and he saw the damage firsthand during Superstorm Sandy. So it is downright detrimental to make it harder for people in New Jersey to buy electric vehicles which -- especially when charged by homes powered by solar or clean energy -- can significantly reduce carbon pollution from cars.
The more this innovation spreads, the lower the cost will be and the more widely available it will be. Governor Christie should be encouraging this growth and innovation, not hypocritically obstructing its progress at the behest of special interests.