They Love Free Markets – Until They Don’t

Republicans worship the free market and rely on it to solve all manner of problems – until

How far will state car-dealer associations go to prevent Tesla Motors from opening its electric-car showrooms and selling cars over the Internet?

A long, long way.

In North Carolina, a new law passed by the state Senate would apparently make it illegal for Tesla to e-mail its customers.

In other words, if you’re a North Carolina resident who has a question about Tesla, the new law may prohibit Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] from responding to your question via e-mail.

The specific wording of the law bars automakers from “using a computer or other communications facilities, hardware, or equipment” to sell or lease acar to anyone in North Carolina.

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Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development for Tesla, told ABC News the bill was a “fundamentally protectionist effort to lock down the market and force us to sell through the middle man.”

The bill must be sent to the state’s House of Representatives by today, and would have to be passed by that body and signed into law by governor Pat McCrory to take effect.

There is some good news – it appears that consumers in the state are not going to take it lying down:

Tesla and its products are not without supporters in the Tar Heel State. There are 49 Tesla cars registered in North Carolina, and the company operates a service center in Raleigh, but it currently has no stores.

Citizens dismayed at the law…actually set up a private website, called Tesla Motors NC, to rally efforts around preventing passage of the law.

(h/t Dolly Llama at Balloon-Juice)

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One response to “They Love Free Markets – Until They Don’t

  1. As with all things Republican, what they say means absolutely nothing, as its all lies and projection. What do they do, instead? Lie, cheat, steal, and blame everyone else for their behaviors.

    I have some small hope new Internet billionaires like Musk can upset the power pyramid a bit, and change our ruling elite towards a more progressive direction.

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