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Electric car advocate pays $16k a minute to personally ask Obama to push carbon tax

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By Doug Powers  •  June 2, 2013 11:18 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Possible alternate headline: Man pays big bucks to lobby for Energy Department job.

From USA Today:

A Los Angeles car salesman and electric car advocate is shelling $32,400 out of his retirement savings so he can make a pitch directly to President Obama at a “private, off-the-record” Democratic fundraiser next week.

Paul Scott, 60, says he isn’t a rich guy. He’s a $50,000-a-year Nissan salesman who plans to rub elbows with 24 bigwigs in a private luncheon that he says will put a crimp in his retirement plans.

But he says the goal is worthwhile. He wants to make a few points to Obama about on how to better support electric cars — a cause that Obama already embraces — and thought the private audience would be a fine way to do it.

The advice the salesman — who also happens to be co-founder of the advocacy group Plug In America and admits he’d like to sell more electric cars — wants to offer Obama include jacking up carbon taxes to force the public to consider electric options.

This morning I paid $4.10 a gallon, and all I could think while of watching the numbers on the pump go up about as fast as the national debt clock was how I wished somebody would make gasoline cost more so I’d be forced to consider buying a more expensive car. Not only a more expensive car, but one that runs on electricity which, thanks to carbon taxes, would also be more expensive. Who would come out ahead? Not “Joe Consumer.”

Besides, Scott’s probably wasting money for the meeting, because Obama’s already on his side:

**Written by Doug Powers

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