A Brief Moment of Candor


Detroit — This week’s “The Business of Plugging In” electric vehicle gabfest in Motown was a Who’s Who of powerful Big Auto execs, Big Green honchos, and Big Government officials — but it was the power of the American consumer that had all of them gnashing their teeth.

In the conference’s final panel discussion, Kleiner Perkins partner and green zealot Ray Lane worried about how to force a carbon tax on Americans when we have to deal “with the four-year election cycle.” Fellow panelist and Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm (who insists on calling her state tax hikes “investments”) blurted out: “Ya gotta call it something else!”

Honesty is the best policy? Not for Greens.


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