Why would an EV company hire a climate-denier lobbyist?

  • Published on July 6th, 2016

By Meteor Blades

Electric Vehicle company Atieva hires Ben Quayle, climate change denier, as lobbyist: The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle and a former one-term Congressman himself, Ben Quayle was named “The Most Conservative Member of the House of Representatives” by the National Journal in 2012:

So, are you wondering why a cutting edge American EV company would hook up with a climate denying fossil fuel lobbyist with links to the prison industrial complex?

We’re wondering, too, since the company has not made an official statement on its new relationship. However, Atieva did drop a big clue late last year, when China’s state owned BAIC auto maker bought a controlling share in the company.

BAIC intends to compete with Tesla for the American EV market, so we’re guessing that it places a high value on attaching itself to a high profile name (except for maybe this), rather than attaching to a firm with a client list more  consistent with EV culture

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Meteor Blades is a writer and contributing editor at DailyKos. He believes there is something profoundly wrong with our system. - the unchecked accumulation of wealth and power into the hands of a very small group of corporate business interests has contributed to the wholesale corruption of our political system. For an understanding about the level of corruption in our country, he encourages you to view these two PBS documentaries: (1). ,The Untouchables; (2) The United States of ALEC.