I signed yesterday and were up to 2400. I sent the link and a message to my friends and family, hopefully a few will sign it. I suggest all of us on the forum do the same!
@Atlanta he couldn't ban ICEs, the whole idea is that Tesla should be allowed to sell in all 50 states, but you CAN still buy a gas-powered car if you want. It's about competition, not monopoly, although I'll certainly opt for an expensive Tesla over the cheapest gas car any day.
36, 193 @ 11:43am pdt
#23 most signed of the year now!
36, 353 @ 11:50am pdt
Just 2 more spots until it's on the front page of "most popular," which it will easily overtake by this afternoon.
36, 772 @ 12:32pm pdt
1.9k away from #1 most popular active WH petition spot!
37, 004 @ 1:03pm pdt
37,288 @ 1:33 pdt
37,464 @ 2:03, still needs 1,200 more to be the top active petition
37,492 @ 2:03 pdt
About 6200 so far today; if it follows yesterday's pattern, there's going to be a big surge late afternoon, early evening.
@Brian H if that's true, that'll put the petition well on the path of at least 10,000 new signers a day, which will easily make the deadline. I've kept sharing it on my Facebook account, and I've gotten family to sign it as well. Can't be stopped!
37,846 @ 3:03 pdt
(repost from page 3. This thread fills up fast!!) Feel free to plagiarize from this letter and send out to your friends and family:
Dear Tesla-supporting Friends,
I've never been politically active, but this issue has me fired up enough to try to do something about it! Tesla has been selling cars directly to consumers because the internet makes it so easy, and dealers have no incentive to spend the time and money required to educate consumers about the benefits of electric cars when they could much more easily sell an existing car on their lot. This is great for consumers (in my opinion) because you don't have to haggle with dealers, and you don't have a middle-man to mark up the price. Now the dealers are worried that they're going to be run out of business, so they're organizing in certain states (New York, Texas, North Carolina) to pass laws that forbid Tesla from selling in their states (and some even trying to forbid their citizens from "importing" a Tesla from another state). This is an egregious violation of free market capitalism, but still Tesla has to spend a lot of time and money to fight these battles in every state as the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) tries to push this legislation through. Tesla has been winning most of the battles, but NADA is well funded and are fighting like their future depends on it!
There's a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors-sell-direct...). It needs 100,000 signatures by next week and still has a long ways to go, but is picking up momentum (it can be signed by any person age 13 or older). Passing this petition won't have any direct effect on laws, but it will help bring the issue to national awareness, and hopefully show the legislators that people do not support NADAs activities.
It requires a small effort to sign on to the website and give your name and e-mail address, but otherwise it's pretty quick and easy. If you feel like taking the time to sign it, please do - and pass along to your friends and family!
Just surpassed the Pharmacists petition at #21
37,989 @ 3:33 pdt
On the front page at 38,074! @3:35
38,402 @ 3:42pm pdt
Wow! Almost #1 active petition! Keep em coming!!
Its surging suddenly. At 38,595 now. About 600 in ten minutes.
... 310 more to become #1 most popular active WH petition! We can do it!
An article on the Huffington Post just published 15 minutes ago. Its about the petition.
Just past the Creationism ban petition, it's now the most signed currently active petition!
38700 @ 3:47pm pdt
38,798 @ 3:49pm pdt
#1 most popular active WH petition! Yay! Gonna hit 40k by 4pm!
19th most signed WH petition of the year now too!
39,592 @ 3:53pm pdt. More than 1600 in 20 minutes!
39, 323 @ 3:53pm pdt
Just hit 17th most signed this year...
It seriously jumped up now, already at 40,000?
39,900 @ 3:56
Freedom at work, folks!
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